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BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#1217 - "Now That I Know You" by CAIN
The band shares the inspiration behind their song about new life in Christ
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #1217 -
Posted: June 11, 2024 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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CAIN has been introduced to CCM fans with their standout debut singles, "Rise Up (Lazarus)," "The Commission," "I'm So Blessed," and "Yes He Can," and they recently toured the country on Winter Jam. Their debut album, Rise Up, is a great introduction to their music ministry. Their follow-up album Jesus Music was preceded by the singles "Any More" and "Windows Down" and also includes the hit song "Jesus Music."

Like many new artists, Logan, Taylor, and Madison Cain grew up singing in church. Their seemingly effortless, rich, and pure vocals and harmonies exhibit the passion and confidence of a seasoned artist. Their songs are an effort to respond to people's hurt from a place of deep authenticity and relatability. Cain's songs have connected with me and my daughters, and their biblically inspired lyrics represent how true happiness and our identity comes from our relationship with God. I had the chance to speak with Madison, Taylor, and Logan in person before Winter Jam in Reading, Pennsylvania about "Now That I Know You."

 

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

Taylor: This song started as a story about how I met my husband. It was really awesome the similarities between how you feel about your spouse and how you feel toward God. My favorite line is "The storm that used to take me out is just a gentle rain falling down, now that I know You." I think when we are known and loved by God we can face greater things than we ever thought because you are the most supported. It takes away your fear. That's how I feel. It was an easy song to write, and it makes me happy that [people] are connecting with the song.

Logan: We had written several songs, and we were down to the last song for the record, and "Now That I Know You" involved a change in the lyrics, "Oh I know me, now that I know You" by Taylor on the spot while recording the song, and it all clicked for us. Before then, the song was just a husband/wife relationship song, and then it became a parallel to our relationship with God. We knew we needed to include the song on the album at that point.

Which 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 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."

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."

John 14:8 (NIV): Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."

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."

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."

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

Philippians 1:6 (NIV): "Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4:13 (NKJV): "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

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."

What is the takeaway message?

Logan: Vulnerability has been a theme of Winter Jam. Everyone I've been speaking with, including Lecrae and Crowder, [have] discussed being vulnerable and deciding that it's important to be known for our authentic selves, and like that Philippians 3 passage, to know there's nothing more important than knowing and being known by God.

Madison: I've been through therapy for my mental health, and as your brain is recovering from triggers, you need to delay compulsions and intrusive thoughts. One way I've tried to overcome my OCD is to not engage with those thoughts. When Jesus fought back the Enemy with Scripture, I realized that having Jesus take my thoughts captive is how to not engage with lies I've believed about myself.

Lyrics

Remember when we met
I was such a mess
Lost and broken
Now just look at me
Honestly
I've never been more open

Oh
And I'd like to think the greatest part
Is that I'm seeing You for who You are

(Ooh) Now that I know You (Ooh)
The storm that used to take me out (Ooh)
Is just a gentle rain falling down (Ooh)
(Ooh) Now that I know You (Ooh)
The dark that used to scare me then (Ooh)
Is now Your shadow I am hiding in
Oh I know me
Now that I know You

Ooh ooh
Ooh Ooh

The change in me
Is plain to see
Such a miracle
And now I'm wide awake
And unafraid
Everything's so beautiful
So beautiful

(Ooh) Now that I know You (Ooh)
The storm that used to take me out (Ooh)
Is just a gentle rain falling down (Ooh)
(Ooh) Now that I know You (Ooh)
The dark that used to scare me then (Ooh)
Is now Your shadow I am hiding in (Ooh)
Oh I know me
Now that I know You

Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh

And now I know the greatest part
I found myself in who You are

(Ooh) Now that I know You (Ooh)
The storm that used to take me out (Ooh)
Is just a gentle rain falling down (Ooh)
(Ooh) Now that I know You (Ooh)
The dark that used to scare me then (Ooh)
Is now Your shadow I am hiding in
Oh I know me
Oh I know me
Now that I know You

Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh


Closing Thoughts

Jesus Music is a great collection of confessional and authentic expressions of faith. All of the songs are catchy, exciting, and worshipful. What's most impressive is how these catchy songs will have you singing along at the top of your lungs after just a couple of listens.

After listening to the album, I am stirred with compassion to love people as Jesus loves us. That's the heart behind this album, and thanks to CAIN for blessing us with their music and for singing the truth of the Gospel for the Kingdom of God. 

Daily, we're presented with choices of how to use our time, how to live life, and how to pursue riches. It's overwhelming living for today, not knowing what tomorrow has in store for us. We question our loneliness and look for meaning. But God offers comfort. Philippians 3:8 tells us, "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--beyond our understanding. 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.
 
We need to truly be free in Christ and be happy and filled with joy. We all need to remember that the earth isn't our permanent home. And, as expressed in James 4:14, life is a vapor. Our freedom from the restlessness of this world will come 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. The key to freedom from those things is, as Matthew 6:33 puts it, to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Matthew 6:34 reminds us, "So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today." 

We all love our comforts, and this song challenges me to think more of others and to share Christ more than to focus on myself. The cost of discipleship is to make Him the Lord of our lives.
 
This song does a wonderful job of challenging the world's definition of happiness. The world considers finding contentment in having possessions and financial security to be what matters. This song is a sacrifice of praise to Jesus. I struggle with mental health issues, including OCD, like Madison, and I've struggled to see myself the way God sees me and rather than focus on my "disorder," this song helps me remember that I don't need to live in fear and instead can walk by faith, not by sight.

This song has become my personal anthem. We need to remember that God is the source of all hope, and it doesn't come from anything we do or the lies we believe about ourselves. We are not unlovable, helpless, or hopeless. We need to believe that we are known by God and He loves us for who we are, not who we pretend to be. Join Cain and live out these words with certainty: "The change in me is plain to see, such a miracle, and now I'm wide awake, and unafraid, everything's so beautiful, so beautiful, now that I know You." Amen to that.

NRT lead contributor Kevin Davis is a long-time Christian music fan and an avid collector. He 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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