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BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#1088 - "On Our Way" by MercyMe
Lead singer Bart Millard shares the inspiration behind the band's recent single
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #1088 -
Posted: September 23, 2021 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Iconic contemporary band MercyMe has topped the charts for more than 20 years since they released their multi-platinum single "I Can Only Imagine," which is the most downloaded song in the history of Christian music. They have followed that up with hit after hit, including "God with Us," "All of Creation," "Beautiful," "The Hurt & the Healer," "Greater,” “Even If,” and “Say I Won’t.” 
 
Inhale (Exhale) is one of my most anticipated albums of 2021. It has songs with inspirational story-style lyrics that will immediately cause you to worship and sing along with these ultra-talented musicians: lead singer Bart Millard, guitarists Mike Scheuchzer and Barry Graul, bassist Nathan Cochran, drummer Robby Shaffer, and keyboardist Jim Bryson.
 
The very relatable and transparent words of these songs perfectly depict our daily walks as believers wrapped around catchy songs. All the tracks really display the musical and lyrical excellence and intentionality of MercyMe. 
 
These are catchy melodies and biblically based lyrics reflecting unashamed faith. Every song on this stellar collection displays the band’s heart of what they do, leading people in worship of our Savior, reminding us as believers that, “With all your strength/Sister run wild run free/Hold up your head/Keep pressing on/We are almost home.” 
 
This band can really write a hooky and truth-filled chorus, and the single “On Our Way” features Bart Millard’s son Sam Wesley, and the song is catchy, relevant, and upbeat like their previous hit songs “Greater,” “Move” and “So Long Self.” I had the chance to speak with Bart Millard about the song.
 

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.
 
The song is quite simple: We do some things right, and even more things wrong, but it still feels like we’re just getting started on life.
 
We were having conversations about people getting attention for walking away from their faith. In those conversations, we talked about how there’s still something coming and something to look forward to and run towards—whether we’re nine or 99 years old. 
 
We feel the same way about ministry. We’re running to something. And, if we didn’t feel that way, we probably wouldn’t be doing it. Now is not the time to give up and we still have a lot to look forward to. 
 
My oldest son Sam Wesley sings with me on the song. His involvement was very unexpected, yet very exciting. He’s been doing music for a while, and I was encouraging him to practice writing with other people. So, one day, he brought me the chords for “On Our Way.”
 
He wrote the song’s second verse (I helped him write the other verses). And, when I read it, I felt like I was hearing my 19-year-old son’s heart as I had never heard it before in his songwriting. It was a cool dad moment for me. 
 
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?
 
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."

1 Corinthians 13:12 (NKJV): "For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known."

Hebrews 13:14 (NLT): "For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come."
 
1 Timothy 6:12 (NKJV): “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

Hebrews 11:1 (NLT): "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see."

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV): "For we walk by faith, not by sight."

Romans 4:3 (NLT): For the Scriptures tell us, "Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith."

Isaiah 43:19 (VOICE): "Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it's happening now, even as I speak, and you're about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert; Waters will flow where there had been none."

Philippians 4:7 (NKJV): “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Jeremiah 33:3 (VOICE): "Call to Me, and I will answer you. I will tell you of great things, things beyond what you can imagine, things you could never have known."
 
What is the takeaway message?
 
As Christians, we’re the weirdos who sing and dance in the rain. And, we have unspeakable joy when joy is nowhere to be found. That’s the part that should be contagious in us as believers. 
 
Our motto for our songs is that if it doesn’t rip your heart out, it should make you dance. inhale (exhale) for us was partly to let people know it’s okay to be caught dancing in your car at a stoplight. That’s part of being on our way.
 
Lately, it feels like we’re being robbed of our joy left and right, and this song is a reminder to have joy regardless of our circumstances. Just like in our song, “Almost Home,” it’s about remembering to have joy in the journey and to keep running the race all the way until we are home. 
 
I want to be that kid that is in awe of everything about Christ in that I can’t help but run towards Him. If there’s a main message to the album, it’s summed up in the song, “Let Yourself Be Loved.”
 
We aren’t fond of ourselves, and as a result, we follow the command to love our neighbor as ourselves because we don’t love ourselves very much. That’s something I struggled with for years. That’s why I spend my time and effort reminding people that they are holy, righteous, and redeemed. 
 
Keep going and hang in there. We were made for so much more than this life. Find joy in this life, knowing that God knows us by name.
 
Lyrics
 
Can’t believe we’ve
Come this far and
It feels just like getting started
Somehow, we’re still running
Like those kids back then
Kids back then
 
Scraped some knees
And fallen down but
Somehow, we keep getting back up
Long as there is wonder
Gonna keep running
Yeah, we’ll keep running
 
In this moment
It’s electric
Can you see it
Can you feel it
This dream inside
Is still alive today
 
Yeah, we’re on our way
We’re on our way
We’re on our way
To breaking through
Cause we were made
For something new
 
We’re on our way
We're on our way

We’re on our way
To chase our dreams
Cause we were made
For greater things
Yeah, we’re on our way
 
Here’s to all
The scared and frozen
Too afraid of the unknown and
Second-guessing everything
You once believed
 
There’s no fear that can bind you
There’s nowhere hope won’t find you
As long as we have hope
We have everything we need
 
Yeah, we’re on our way
We’re on our way
We’re on our way
To breaking through
Cause we were made
For something new
 
We’re on our way
We’re on our way
We’re on our way
To chase our dreams
Cause we were made
For greater things
Yeah, we’re on our way
 
In this moment
In the moment
It’s electric
It’s electric
Can you see it
Can you feel it
This dream inside
Is still alive
 
We’re on our way
We’re on our way
To breaking through
Cause we were made
For something new
 
Yeah, we’re on our way
We’re on our way
We’re on our way
To chase our dreams
Cause we were made
For greater things
Yeah, we’re on our way
 
There's no fear that can bind you
There’s nowhere hope won’t find you

As long as we have hope
We have everything we need
Yeah, we’re on our way
 
Closing Thoughts
 
The very singable “On Our Way” is an uplifting offering of praise to the only one who has the power to save. I love singing, “There’s no fear that can bind you/There’s nowhere hope won’t find you/As long as we have hope/We have everything we need.”
 
You'll be blessed by this standout anthem with a convicting declaration that we won’t let the circumstances and the hurting of this world define who we are in Christ. I have spent time reflecting on and singing this song to God, and it always gives me comfort. 
 
“On Our Way” is all about having a strong faith. Without faith, it's impossible to please God. Sometimes we think we can try to know everything. God tells us in the Bible that with faith, we can do anything in Christ. 
 
We shouldn't wait to fix ourselves before we step out in faith. We need to fully trust God. A theme verse for me for these devotionals has been Romans 8:11: "And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you." 
 
God keeps bringing the truth of His resurrection power through His Holy Spirit residing in believers to my attention. That's the beauty of His Word: it doesn't return void but provides a constant source of comfort and guidance, as well as a clear path to draw closer to Him. 
 
“On Our Way” helps set my mind on Christ, to let the distractions of the day melt away and, instead, focus on worshiping the King of kings and Lord of lords. 
 
No matter what our worldview, we all need to remember that Earth isn't our permanent home. Our freedom from the pain and suffering and heartache of this world will come when we enter the true rest that can only come from living eternally with Jesus Christ. 
 
"If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world," wrote author C.S. Lewis in the book Mere Christianity
 
As believers in Christ, we know that we are made for God. We were all created to find our home in Him. Regardless of our circumstances, we need to truly be free in Christ and be happy and filled with joy, like apostles Paul and Silas in prison.
 
One of the greatest witnesses that followers of Jesus can demonstrate to non-believers to show them the upside-down Kingdom of God is to live out the words of this song and have that supernatural inner joy. That shows Christian observers walking through valleys that they have the hope and joy of the love of God, living out His plans for them.
 
If we learn to build our lives on scripture, we would all have a rock as our foundation as we navigate our lives. This song is an offer of true release that we can sing with all our hearts to God. 
 
The song is a great reminder that our circumstances don't define our joy. Our position in Christ and His unending faithfulness is worthy of all our gratitude and adoration. A sincere desire to experience the presence of God can be heard in this instant classic song. You’ll want to exclaim: “We’re on our way/To chase our dreams/Cause we were made/For greater things!" Amen to that.

NRT lead contributor Kevin Davis is a long-time 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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