I vividly remember the moment Thomas Wilson showed me a song he was writing titled, Arms of My Father. While he played it, I kept thinking how much it resonated with me. Unbeknownst to me, both he and James Mark were picturing me as the voice on the song. As the song-shaping process went on, I began to delve into the song lyrically. If I was going to record this song, I had to own it as if the lyrics were my own.
I have always struggled with perfectionism – holding myself to high standards, trying to prove my worth by my own righteousness, having all the right answers and never failing. As humans, however, failure is unavoidable. In those moments of weakness, I have the tendency to try to prove myself, jump into action and show I’m still deserving of love despite my shortcomings.
BUT THIS SONG SIMPLY STATES THE GOSPEL – THE BLOOD OF JESUS HAS COVERED EVERY SIN AND MADE A WAY FOR ME TO DRAW NEAR.
There’s nothing standing between me and the love of God. And it’s not just that I’m allowed back into the room where God is. But He invites me to come in close. To hear Him whisper, “Everything’s okay. I’m enough.”
As we were recording the song on a Sunday morning, I found this phrase coming forth, “I’m found in Your love. I’m safe and secure.” I believe that is the posture of this song –
DESPITE OUR FAILURES AND IMPERFECTIONS, WE CAN LOOK STRAIGHT INTO HIS EYES.
No guilt. No shame. Nothing coming between us because of His sacrifice. We don’t have to do anything but draw near to His prefect love.
My prayer is that this song reminds us of the power of the Gospel and invites us to worship Him up close.
By Owen Wible – Worship Pastor