Almost all of the inspiration for the record “Before There Was” comes from the teachings and revelations unpacked in the book of Ephesians. In these scriptures, Paul paints the picture of God’s love and grace with such an eternal scope that it’s almost paralyzing. It leaves you stunned with the most breathtaking sense of Gods supremacy and His purpose for creation. Ephesians says that even before the foundations of the earth, God had us in mind and set out to make us a part of his family through Christ. It’s an overwhelming thought. God desires union with His creation and even before time itself, He set out the make it possible. He would go to such great lengths to set us free. It was his plan from the very start. What love. What grace.
The songs on this record are a response to this eternal covenant. Sometimes it can be so easy for us to become short sighted. We get lost in our on troubles, fears, and desires. We fall prey the disillusioned thought that all hope is lost. We forget that we are all part of something much bigger than ourselves. We forget that, because of Jesus, not even the deepest darkest sin could ever get in the way of how God had always planned it. Hope is not lost. It was never lost. Before the foundations of the earth Jesus was hope for us.
It is important for us to lift our gaze. We must remember that the truth of who we are in Christ will endure long past our temporary circumstance. It’s more real than the skin on our bones. When we remember the cross, we actually start to walk in the saving grace of God. We begin to claim the power of the blood over our lives. Why do we sing? We sing songs to thank Him for grace. We sing to claim the power of the blood. It helps us to remember.
“He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in Him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.” Ephesians 1:10.