He is Good and You are Loved

“I am good and you are loved.” That statement pretty much sums up everything you need to know about God and what He thinks of you. One of our worship leaders recently made me aware of this Travis Greene song, Good and Loved (with Steffany Gretzinger), and it’s quickly become a new favorite. I hope you see why when you hear it (if you haven’t already).

Like the returning Prodigal, we’re living in a time in history when God’s beloved are experiencing what it’s like to be loved by our heavenly Father. We’re coming out of our “elder brother” religious hiding and joining in the heavenly celebration—to be fully embraced, to be fully affirmed, and to be so truly and deeply loved.

With this unveiling, songwriters like Travis Greene are writing new songs that speak from the Father’s heart to our heart:

Through your story is My fingerprint
In the valley there is confidence
In the shadow, I will be your strength
One things for sure, I am your Lord*

Knowing we are loved and affirmed by God as His sons or daughters gives us the courage to face whatever challenge life might throw our way. It’s the confidence in knowing you’re never alone or without support in time of need. It’s knowing that, because love never fails, you may fall but you will never fail.

His love turns our chaos into joy. He’s an open door while we’re trying to find our way. He’s not afraid of our story, He will turn it all into glory!

Through the chaos I will be your Joy
When you’re finished I have so much more
In the waiting, I’m an Open Door
Stand still and know, I am your Lord*

You’re not afraid of our story
You turn it all to glory
And You’re full of love*

If there’s anything people needed today, it’s to know what it’s like to be truly, continuously, and completely loved. We live in a culture full of confusion and despair, defining itself by brokenness, hooked on distraction, ever marching forward to the deadening drone of meaningless and purposeless existence. Even as believers it’s easy to forget who we are, to lose sight of our identity…that we belong to something mysteriously and wonderfully bigger than ourselves.

Yet, this is the very question that haunts the deepest part every longing soul…for if we ever dare to be honest, in that moment of clarity and vulnerability, we know in our heart of hearts, there’s got to more than what we’ve seen or experienced in this flattened and disenchanted world.

The very good news is, there’s SO MUCH more. Right now, tomorrow, and forever!

The time has come for Sleeping Beauty to arise from her slumber. Though the world seems to be growing in deep darkness, His light shines on you! (See Isa. 60:1-3). Not that it isn’t shining on everyone, but you’ve received His light of life (more on this next time – see John 1:1-12). And because of this, you are His sons and daughters and He’s your dearest Abba!

4-7 But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent his Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the law so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the law. Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage. You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!” Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance. (Gal.4:4-7 MSG, emphasis added)

Beloved, it’s time to sing a new song. It’s time to leave the chaotic circumstance-led life for the sustaining power of His life, where there’s fullness of His joy! (John 15:9-12)

So, be encouraged. Lift up your weary head. You are Papa’s beloved child, and you have full access to His life—anytime, anywhere. He’s at work in you, and even if you let go of Him, He’ll never let go of you.

What was, and is, is covered
By the One who was, and is,
You’re covered by love

I am Good and you are loved

They’ll be times when you’re up
Times when you’re down
I’m never too far
Just look around and you’ll find Me
I’m by your side, arms open wide
I am Good and you are Loved

So no matter what comes or goes
One thing that you must know
Is that I am Good and you are Loved

If you forget, just lift your head
My banner over you is love

Proof of My love is blood

You’re not afraid of our story
You turn it all to glory
And You’re full of love

Wherever you are right now, receive His love.
I am good, you are loved. Don’t forget it.*

Yes, that’s all you need to know. God is good and you are loved. Don’t forget it.

Good and Loved
Words and music by Travis Greene
© Greenelight Music (Admin. by Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.)
* Lyrics taken from live version of “Good and Loved.”

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 41 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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4 Responses to He is Good and You are Loved

  1. “God is good and you are loved.”

    Yes! Amen! Such simple words, and yet often so hard to get down into our soul. Great song, too. Danny Silk, who wrote, “Keep Your Love On,” pretty much says that most of our problems and issues in relationships stem from the anxiety of separation and disconnection. I see that with addicts, with the homeless, with family estrangements, with the church. Instead of realizing it is actually the anxiety of disconnection that ails us, we tend to blame love itself and try to avoid it.

    • Mel Wild says:

      “Instead of realizing it is actually the anxiety of disconnection that ails us, we tend to blame love itself and try to avoid it.”

      Amen. That is pretty much our M.O. as hiding human beings living in fear. I love Danny Silk’s take on relationships and keeping our connection. Only God’s love can dislodge us from our orphan fear and come out of hiding. And it’s songs like this that inspire and encourage us to do so. 🙂

  2. Wonderful post, Mel. This echoes what was just prophesied over me Wednesday night and has given me much more to think about. 🙂 Thank you so much! Blessings to you!

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