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BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#1096 - "Known, Seen, Loved" by MORIAH
The emerging singer talks about the inspiration behind her latest single
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #1096 -
Posted: November 16, 2021 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Mexican American Christian recording artist MŌRIAH has kept quiet for the past seven years. But now, the singer, who’s married to Joel Smallbone, a vocalist from the popular contemporary band, for King & Country, is back with three new songs. Each one featured on her latest album, Live from the Quarry
 
The artist wrote and produced the entire record. She also produced and choreographed the accompanying visual album. The artist is passionate about expanding women's roles and creativity behind the scenes. So, she hired women of diverse cultural backgrounds to work alongside her on the project.
 
MŌRIAH is passionate about writing and singing songs that keep people's hearts and minds set on knowing that they're fearfully and wonderfully made. Her popular songs “Brave,” “You Carry Me,” “Well Done,” “I Choose Jesus,” and “Bloom” each showcase that message.

In the style of my favorite singer-songwriters Sara Groves and Ellie Holcomb, I can’t get enough of
MŌRIAH’s thought-provoking songs. I had the chance to speak with the artist about one of my favorite songs of the year, “Known, Seen, Loved.”
 

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.
 
I wrote the pre-chorus first, because it was the part I was most afraid for people to hear (but they’re words I needed to speak over myself). My fear is that people would misinterpret their meaning: “I thought I wanted justice/I thought I wanted power/But what I needed most was/To be known, seen, loved.”
 
I don’t want people to think wanting justice and power are bad things. They play an important role in how we find balance in the world we live in. I had exhausted myself working to attain justice and power. And I realized I didn’t have peace because I was working toward the wrong things.
 
If you don’t know that you’re known, seen, and loved by God, you won’t have peace. I’ve been changing my aim and trajectory away from what I thought I wanted to now, having contentment and peace. 
 
I was deeply hurt by a close friend. And what started out as sadness turned into rage. Like many people, my thoughts took me to a dark place while in quarantine. In my anger, I prayed for justice. In my heartache, I prayed to overpower. 
 
I thought if I could get answers, I would feel better. I couldn’t and I didn’t. The only thing that helped me feel at all was the thought that I’m known, seen, and loved by God—even in my bitterness and unresolved frustrations. I held on to that promise of moving toward Him until forgiveness found me. It’s been a better way to live.
 
What Bible verses connect to the message of the song?
 
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 46:10 (NKJV): "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!"

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."

Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV): "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts."

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV): "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight."

Acts 2:28 (VOICE): "Instead You direct me on a path that leads to a beautiful life. As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending, and I know true joy and contentment."

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."
 
James 4:14 (NKJV): “Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
 
What is the takeaway message?
 
In my striving for healing, justice, and mercy, I’ve realized that I sometimes hit a wall in my time with God in prayer. It’s not always giving me the peace I so desperately need. The only thing that can give me my desired peace is to sit still long enough to experience what it feels like to be known, seen, and loved by God. Sometimes, we need to slow down and be still. 
 
When I get still, I come to grips with my thoughts and realize I’ve been selfish, not really caring for other people. I need to take time to be quiet and still every day, so I can put down my pride. 
 
When you get to a place where you are content and feel known, seen, and loved by God, know that life's circumstances won’t necessarily get better. There will still be moments of tension and wrestling. Dealing with life's challenges from a place of rest is how we can get through whatever we're facing.
 
Healing, justice, power—all these things are important. And they play an important role in the health of a culture, as well as in the health of a human being. But whenever we strive for those things, without sitting to be still and to know that we’re known, seen, and loved, we’ll just end up empty-handed.
 
Lyrics
 
I've been working so hard
To find a moment's peace
Breaking walls to earn it
Getting no relief
 
I thought I wanted answers
I thought I wanted healing
But what I need most
Is to be known, seen, loved
I thought I wanted justice
I thought I wanted power
But what I need most
Is to be known, seen, loved
 
Known, seen, loved (Known)
Known, seen, loved (Seen)
Known, seen, loved
I wanna know that I'm
 
I'm always in a hurry
Talk too much when I pray
Cause if I'm quiet, I'll hear You
And I'm scared of what You'll say

I thought I wanted answers
I thought I wanted healing

But what I need most
Is to be known, seen, loved
 
Known, seen, loved (Known)
Known, seen, loved (Seen)
Known, seen, loved
 
I wanna know I am known
I wanna see I am seen
I wanna know I am loved

Letting go of ego
Putting down my pride

Holding to a new hope
Trusting what's inside
Letting go of ego
Putting down my pride
Holding to a new hope
Now I won't deny I'm
 
Known, seen, loved (Seen)
Known, seen, loved
 
Oh, now I know I am known
Oh, now I see I am seen
Oh, now I know I am loved
 
Finally found the courage
To sit alone with You
To stop what I've been doing
To break down to break through
 
Closing Thoughts
 

MŌRIAH is an emerging Christian vocalist who has the gift of encouragement. Every single one of her songs lifts me up. She has an infectious and upbeat musical style, layering her strong and distinguished vocals over the top of one catchy melody after another. Not to mention that she's a great role model for girls. 
 
Every song showcases
MŌRIAH's excellent singing voice (you can hear her smile as she sings). The layered and well-produced musical arrangements on her recent release, Live from the Quarry, are powerful and passionate. It's the ideal release to minister to anyone struggling with fear and self-doubt. 
 
It's overwhelming living for today, not knowing what tomorrow has in store for us. We look for meaning in a busy world. But take comfort in the 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. We can't even begin to imagine how many mercies we have received from Him. We live in a fallen world dealing with fear and anxiety. Two roadblocks were heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. But, if you take the truth of what it means to follow Christ, you know you weren’t made for this world.  
 
Remember that earth isn’t your permanent home. James 4:14 says that “life is a vapor.” Our freedom from the restlessness of this world comes when we enter the true rest that can only come from living eternally with Jesus Christ.
 
It's convicting and comforting to know that God doesn't want us to be anxious about anything or to fear or worry. To be free from these things, follow the wise words in Matthew 6:33: "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness." Matthew 6:34 reminds us to "not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today." 
 
“Known, Seen, Loved” is a beautiful and transparent offering of praise and worship. It challenges me to pray more fervently, study God’s Word more diligently, and give more sacrificially. It also stirs my heart and increases my convictions to grow closer to Him during my worship and devotional time.

I have spent time reflecting on and singing this song to God. And it always gives me comfort. 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. So, spend time with Him.

Try praying and singing along with this song of adoration. Also, read your Bible every day. God wants us to have a that reminder to not be afraid. The cost of discipleship is to make Him the Lord of our lives. 
 
Psalm 46:10 is such an encouraging reminder of God's sovereignty and that He has been, is, and always will be with us. If He is with us, we can endure anything. 
 
God made us the way we are for a reason. We're beautiful and we're worth it. We have something worthy to say. Don't let the world tell you who you are. It doesn't matter what you look like outside if you have Jesus on the inside. That's where we can find our true identities—in Him. 
 
Jesus died on the cross to set us free from the battle of our minds, as well as from sin and death. He wants us to have abundant life in Him. What a wonderful, encouraging truth. 
 
God knows us intimately. And, because of what Jesus did on the cross, He sees us as holy, righteous, redeemed, chosen, fully known, and forgiven—no matter what you've done. 
 
The lyrics of the bridge completely wreck me: “Letting go of ego/Putting down my pride/Holding to a new hope/Trusting what's inside.” What a powerful expression of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. He is all we need. Join in with
MŌRIAH as she prays out to Jesus: “I thought I wanted answers/I thought I wanted healing/But what I need most is to be known, seen, loved.” 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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