BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#203 - "Your Great Name" by Natalie Grant
Natalie Grant didn't write this worship song, but she has plenty to share about it with NRT's Kevin Davis.
 


Natalie Grant wears a lot of hats. She’s a powerhouse vocalist, social activist (and founder of the Home Foundation to rescue victims of human trafficking), working mom, entrepreneur and four-time GMA Female Vocalist of the Year. She released her eighth album, Love Revolution, on Curb Records last August, which has such singles as “Greatness Of Our God”, “Human” and “Your Great Name.”

Natalie doesn’t play it safe or get overly cliché in her lyrics. For me, this album is a great mix of worship and pop. In my opinion, this is Natalie’s best overall album and was one of my top albums of 2010.

This album is still in heavy rotation for me. I like every song, and I don’t skip any of them. I was thrilled to see Natalie’s much deserved GMA Dove Award nominations, including Best Artist, Female Vocalist and Pop Album of the Year.

I had the great privilege to speak with Natalie about her amazing new song “Your Great Name,” written by Michael Neale and Krissy Nordhoff. (I previously spoke with Natalie and wrote about her first single, “Greatness of Our God,” which is nominated for a GMA Dove Award for Worship Song of the Year.)

Please tell me about the background message of the song "Your Great Name."

Although I am a songwriter, this is a song that I didn’t write personally. I want to record songs that move me the most and be honest in my delivery of the songs. This song was written by Michael Neale out of People’s Church in Franklin, Tenn. Some people from their church suggested that I record this song. The first time I heard it, I was so moved by the song. I think one of the things that moved me the most was the simplicity and power of saying the name of Jesus.

Sometimes, our worship songs are wordy and overly complicated. We sometimes come up with cool and creative ways to tell the story, and what I really love about this song is that nothing matters more than Jesus. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but we as an industry, including myself, have recorded lots of songs about God and His greatness and how big He is. What’s important to remember is that we can’t get to God except through His Son, Jesus. It’s so exciting to sing a song which proclaims the name of Jesus. God is great, but there aren’t a lot of songs that really proclaim the name of Jesus.

Do you have a life verse or any Bible verses that connects with the message of the song?

Philippians 2:5-11: “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

What's the take-away message for listeners regarding the song?

If you think about it, at some point every living human being will be a believer. Whether you believe in the Name of Jesus right now or not, one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. Unless you are an atheist, every religion believes in Allah or their idea of God.

The difference in Christianity is that we have a Savior and His Name is Jesus. For me, it was key to record this song for that reason. It was actually my dad who said to me that he loves a lot of modern worship choruses, but so many of them are about God, and not enough are about Jesus. I was thrilled that when I heard this song, every verse and every word connects to us in some way.

Whether you are weak, hungry, afraid, fatherless, or sick, then you can find strength, grace, rest, and healing at the sound of the Name of Jesus. So many people--including young girls who don’t have fathers in their lives--can find peace and wholeness from their Father and their Savior, Jesus.

Here are the lyrics:

Lost are saved; find their way; at the sound of Your great name
All condemned; feel no shame, at the sound of Your great name
Every fear; has no place; at the sound of Your great name
The enemy; he has to leave; at the sound of Your great name

Jesus, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain for us, Son of God and Man
You are high and lifted up; that all the world will praise Your great name

All the weak; find their strength; at the sound of Your great name
Hungry souls; receive grace; at the sound of Your great name
The fatherless; they find their rest; at the sound of Your great name
Sick are healed; and the dead are raised; at the sound of Your great name

Jesus, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain for us, Son of God and Man
You are high and lifted up; that all the world will praise Your great name

Redeemer, My Healer, Almighty
My savior, Defender, You are My King

Jesus, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain for us, Son of God and Man
You are high and lifted up; that all the world will praise Your great name


Here’s Matthew Henry’s commentary on Philippians 2:5-11: “The example of our Lord Jesus Christ is set before us. We must resemble him in his life, if we would have the benefit of His death. Notice the two natures of Christ; His Divine nature, and human nature. Who being in the form of God, partaking the Divine nature, as the eternal and only-begotten Son of God, had not thought it a robbery to be equal with God, and to receive Divine worship from men. His human nature; herein He became like us in all things except sin.

“Thus low, of His own will, He stooped from the glory he had with the Father before the world was. Christ's two states, of humiliation and exaltation, are noticed. Christ not only took upon Him the likeness and fashion, or form of a man, but of one in a low state; not appearing in splendor. His whole life was a life of poverty and suffering. But the lowest step was His dying the death of the cross, the death of a malefactor and a slave; exposed to public hatred and scorn. The exaltation was of Christ's human nature, in union with the Divine.

“At the name of Jesus, not the mere sound of the word, but the authority of Jesus, all should pay solemn homage. It is to the glory of God the Father, to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord; for it is His will, that all men should honor the Son as they honor the Father. Here we see such motives to self-denying love as nothing else can supply. Do we thus love and obey the Son of God?”


Something Natalie and I discussed was how often the name of Jesus is proclaimed throughout this song, which we both love. As we approach Easter, it’s important to remember that it’s only by believing in the name of Jesus as our substitute and redeeming sacrifice for our sins that we are saved.

What’s most amazing about our Savior Jesus is that of all the ways He could have chosen to save us, He chose to come down and be the least among us and a suffering servant. The main message of the song is to hold on to the Name of Jesus, as something better is coming. The grace that God offers in the crux of the song, ultimately the incredible bridge “Redeemer, My Healer, Almighty, My Savior, Defender, You are My King” is what really moves me and guides me in my Christian walk, which is to live every day for Heaven.

This is an amazing song to sing at the top of our lungs: “Jesus, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain for us, Son of God and Man, You are high and lifted up; that all the world will praise Your great name.” Amen.


Here’s a video with the story about this song:

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. Kevin also writes reviews for ChristianMusicReview.org.

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