Behind the Song: “Well Done, Good And Faithful”

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I took a break from the studio last fall to travel to Israel for the first time. Knowing this album was about the resurrection meant I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go if I could, and a number of the songs were directly influenced by that trip. This is one of them.

When we went to the Garden of Gethsemane, I knelt near the fence that surrounds the ancient olive trees and read Psalm 22, which opens with, “My God, my God! Why have you forsaken me?” The entire psalm, which foreshadows Jesus’s suffering in a very specific way, would have been on his mind as he was first abandoned by his friends and then subjected to torture.

By the time we left Gethsemane, I was weeping. That’s no exaggeration. I couldn’t stop crying as I asked God the same question: “Why did you forsake him?” And my question to Jesus was, “Why were you willing to be forsaken?” The writer of Hebrews gives us an answer in chapter 12, which says that it was for the joy set before him that he endured the cross, despising its shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father. What joy? The joy of seeing his world and his people redeemed; the joy of the glory he brought himself by making every sad thing come untrue; the joy of making us his sons and daughters.

The chorus of the song comes from a Tim Keller sermon I heard once, where he pointed out that, while we often say that we hope to run the race in such a way that God would tell us, “Well done, good and faithful,” that just won’t ever happen. None of us is good and faithful. Only Jesus is, and it is because of his goodness and faithfulness that we are made heirs of the King.

You can pick up Resurrection Letters: Prologue in the Rabbit Room Store and listen to “Well Done, Good And Faithful” here:

As a singer-songwriter and recording artist, Andrew has released more than ten records over the past fifteen years. His music has earned him a reputation for writing songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. He has also followed his gifts into the realm of publishing. His books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga.


4 Comments

  1. Sean Grossman

    Something some have taken into consideration…

    22 I will tell of your name to my brothers;    in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!    All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,    and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!24 For he has not despised or abhorred    the affliction of the afflicted,and he has not hidden his face from him,    but has heard, when he cried to him.

     

    25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;    my vows I will perform before those who fear him.26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;    those who seek him shall praise the Lord!    May your hearts live forever!

     

    27 All the ends of the earth shall remember    and turn to the Lord,and all the families of the nations    shall worship before you.28 For kingship belongs to the Lord,    and he rules over the nations.

    29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;    before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,    even the one who could not keep himself alive.30 Posterity shall serve him;    it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,    that he has done it.
    -Psalm 22:22-31

    Sometimes it’s easy for us to forget the end of the Psalm, which makes Jesus’ quotation from the beginning that much more powerful 😉

  2. "Well Done, Good and Faithful" | Bread for Beggars

    […] Andrew Peterson’s newest EP is called Resurrection Letters: Prologue. It’s a short collection of music reflecting on the darkest day in history, when the Son of God and Creator of the universe was given up as a sacrifice for sin. This is one of a series of devotions inspired by these songs. Check out the song at the end of this post, and if you like it, pick up the album. Resurrection Letters: Vol. 1 will celebrate the victory of Easter, and is released March 30, 2018. For some thoughts on this song from Andrew himself, check out this post. […]

  3. Joseph

    I Thank God almighty for you and your music. I am Joseph in Uganda. God has taught, inspired and comforted me through this kind of well thought out music lyrics. Thank you for singing out the word of God in a fashion that is simple to hear. May God accord it to you as he wills  for his glory. One more thing, may God have Mercy on me for having your music without buying it or even supporting.

    Thanks again Andrew,

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