Track 12 – Jesus, We Are Grateful


This is another song written at the songwriter’s retreat in Winthrop, WA in June 2010 (along with “The Sound Of Our Breathing” and “The Angel Of Your Presence” from the Special Edition). It’s kind of like an adventure in cross-referencing.

From the moment we finished it, this was always going to be the album closer, but I never imagined how appropriate it would be. The last verse is an assurance of who we are to Jesus and an affirmation of the place we hold in the heart of God. It ends with a family seated at a table. The feast? The love of God that fills, strengthens, sustains, and satisfies.

If you listen to the record on a CD player (does anybody do that anymore?), as soon as this song closes, the record starts over with track one and we begin again where we ended, with the desire to be reminded of who we are. And that will be enough.

Jesus, We Are Grateful
(Jason Gray / Doug McKelvey / Matt Papa)

Jesus who rescues us from the wrath to come
You are the ark of God who saves us from the flood
You are right to judge my sinful heart
But Your glory is your mercy
For You condescend to make a friend
Of an enemy like me

Jesus who says come forth and calls the dead to rise
You are the Word of God whose breath sustains our lives
I was dead in all my guilt and shame
‘Til You spoke my resurrection
Now You hide my life inside Your own
Where You whisper me Your love

Thank You, thank You
Jesus we are grateful
Thank You, thank You
Jesus we are Yours

Jesus who gathers us like children in His arms
You are the Lamb of God who shepherds us from harm
We will follow into family
And be seated at Your table
Where matchless grace of an orphan makes
A child of God in full

Thank You, thank You Jesus…


Jason Gray is a recording artist with Centricity Records. His latest single, out now, is "When I Say Yes".