BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#999 - "Now I See" by The McClures
NRT's Kevin Davis talks to the Bethel Music worship leaders about their inspirational song.
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #999 -
Posted: November 27, 2019 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Bethel Music has introduced and developed several amazing worship leaders, including Brian and Jenn Johnson, Amanda Lindsey Cook, Steffany Gretzinger, Kalley Heiligenthal, Paul and Hannah McClure, as well as Melissa and Jonathan David Helser.
 
Paul and Hannah McClure have led worship with Bethel Music for several years. In the summer, the duo released their debut album, The Way Home, which features "Only Have One," "Gone," and the standout "Now I See." Many of the album's songs are catchy and singable. "Holding On To You" and "The Way Home" are gorgeous and worshipful tunes.
 
With passion, the McClures create music that inspires people to worship and pursue Jesus. The theme of emptying ourselves in order to be filled by the Holy Spirit and celebrating God's great grace is found in every song. I enjoy the musical vibe of The Way Home. The melodies and lyrics are rooted in scripture. And, the creative use of biblical language is a highlight. There are no ambiguous lyrics, which is great for the church to boldly proclaim praises to Jesus. I had the chance to speak with Paul and Hannah McClure about "Now I See."
 

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

Hannah: The inspiration for this song came from a sermon we heard one Sunday morning. We were in church and our pastor was sharing a message about the story of the blind man that Jesus healed. We wrote "Now I See" as a joyful approach to the story of the blind man found in John chapter 9, who said, "One thing I do know, though I was blind, now I see." We thought that would be a great inspiration for a song where we can reach people by declaring that regardless of what you believe or what is going on around you in the world, all I know is that I've had an encounter with Jesus. And, I was blind and now I see. I wrote down some thoughts from hearing that sermon and shared them with Paul and we wrote the song from there.
 
Paul: That whole bible story allows for us as songwriters to hear the story and then find ourselves in the experience. In many ways, the words of this song are every Christian's testimony. It says in the Bible that Jesus said, "If you've seen Me, you've seen the Father." Sometimes we forget that Jesus is the representative of our Father, God. In that bible passage, this man opens his eyes who has never seen before, and he sees a smiling Jesus, and His happiness represents the Father's heart for us. The whole song is a progression of the things we believe from what people have told us; and then I met Jesus and everything changed. That leads to the response in the bridge that now that I've encountered Jesus, nothing can sway me.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

John 9:25 (ESV): "He answered, "Whether He is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see."

Philippians 3:8-9 (NIV): "What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ-—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith."

Psalm 139:13-14 (NKJV): "For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well."

Psalm 139:17-18 (NKJV): "How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You."
 
Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV): "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
 
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV): "For we walk by faith, not by sight."

Romans 8:28 (VOICE): "We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan."

Romans 12:2 (VOICE): "Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete."

What is the takeaway message?

Paul: We want people when they're around us to feel like they can be themselves and be at home. I'm realizing that songwriting and life are the same thing as far as they are a process and a journey. The songs are a snapshot of who we are, where we've been, and where we come from. I'm compelled more and more to write songs about the Father and our identity in Him. We need to remember that Jesus came to show who the Father was, and He healed everyone who came to Him. Joy is so important. It's easy to become complacent. "Now I See" professes joy and thankfulness for what He has done. Make that a priority in your life.
 
Hannah: Through our journey of becoming parents, we have discovered the freedom that comes from knowing the Father's love. When lies creep in to cloud our vision, all it takes is one look into the eyes of our Father who takes us from darkness to light. Even in thinking about the bridge, we wanted to make a declaration in this song to remember our stories, and our encounter with Jesus and to sing it out to Him. No one can take our song away. Turn your eyes up to Jesus. Lift your eyes in worship and adoration to Him. We know whose we are and what He has done for us.

Lyrics

Born to the darkness I was
Rejected and cut off from hope
I couldn't see His love for me
They said He's not who He seems
Don't get your hopes up for healing
But lies fell away
When I saw His face
 
My heart burst to life
I saw delight in His eyes
When He looked at me
My whole world's on fire
Alive in the presence
That burns inside of me
Now I know Whose I am
Forever I'll stand
On Your truth I believe
'Cause I was blind but now I see
 
Night turned to daylight for me
Joy is the song that I sing
All of my days
Are filled with Your praise
All of my days
Are filled with Your praise
 
My heart burst to life
I saw delight in His eyes
When He looked at me
My whole world's on fire
Alive in the presence
That burns inside of me
Now I know Whose I am
Forever I'll stand
On Your truth I believe
'Cause I was blind but now I see
 
No one could ever take
My song away
My eyes were opened and
I saw His face
No one could ever take
Away my faith
My life was changed
The day that Jesus came
 
No one could ever take
My song away
My eyes were opened and
I saw His face
No one could ever take
Away my faith
My life was changed
The day that Jesus came
 
My heart burst to life
I saw delight in His eyes
When He looked at me
My whole world's on fire
Alive in the presence
That burns inside of me
Now I know Whose I am
Forever I'll stand on Your truth
I believe
'Cause I was blind but now I see
Was blind but now I see


Closing Thoughts

"Now I See" reflects the yearning for Jesus to that I pray for my daughters to feel in their hearts as well. Every song released by The McClures completely focuses me as a listener on joining in praise, worship and adoration of our beautiful King Jesus. This song addresses our identity in singing about Jesus being our one desire and how much He loves us. You can know Jesus personally. I try to tell my daughters how much I love them and that they are all truly beautiful because of their identity in Christ. They need to look so far beyond what the world says and really find their true identities in the Lord.
 
Daily, we are presented with the choices of how to use our time, lifestyle choices, and pursuit of riches. It's overwhelming living for today, not knowing what tomorrow has in store for us, and questioning our loneliness, looking for meaning. You can take comfort in these words from Philippians 3:8: "I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things."
 
God's thoughts and love for us are deep, such as cannot be known. We cannot think how many mercies we have received from Him. As the Lord knows us thoroughly, and we are strangers to ourselves, we should earnestly desire and pray to be searched and proved by His Word and Spirit. For me, songs like "Now I See" provide opportunities for God to whisper to me, my true identity. It's not found in what I do or don't do, but in who I am, and more importantly to whom I belong.
 
One of my daily devotionals in trying to grow in my walk with Jesus is to sing to Him at least one praise song every day. Like Hannah and Paul, I suggest we all spend time with the Lord and try praying and singing along with this great song of praise and adoration. 

This song is a beautiful picture of our hope in Christ. The literal meaning of the Hebrew word 'bless' is "to kneel." By giving our Lord all that is within us, by blessing God, we are overwhelmed by God's love and mercy in return. I realize that Jesus commands us to trust God's Word completely, no matter our circumstances, personal distractions, or concerns. The chorus is my heart's cry and has an amazing reminder: "Now I know whose I am/Forever I'll stand on Your truth, I believe/'Cause I was blind but now I see." Amen to that.

NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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