Last January we interviewed Lucy in a beautiful Autumnal garden, you can read her interview here. We love her music and the special way she connects with God through it. We wanted you to experience it as well. We filmed a beautiful acoustic session at All Souls Langham Place in London where Lucy played her song ‘Great Reedemer’ on a gorgeous Steinway & Sons piano.
We asked Lucy to talk a little bit about her song. Read below, grab your headphones and enjoy this session.
Lucy: For me, Great Redeemer is a song of remembrance and reverence – remembering the power, depth and magnitude of salvation, remembering how far God went to show He loved us. I want this to feel like a weighty, significant song, one that causes a deeper revelation in people’s hearts about the enormity of salvation – that Jesus is the perfect demonstration of the love of God, that the cross was where heaven met earth, that Jesus changed everything for us – eternally restoring and redeeming us.
When I was writing the song, it felt like there were about 1,000 ways I could have written about redemption because it’s something we see throughout history. The flood, the exodus, Joseph – so many times that God has shown his love for His people by delivering them from bondage. I took inspiration in particular from the story of Ruth and Boaz. Ruth, a widow, harvesting the scraps of wheat during a famine – Boaz, who buys her land back from her relatives (he is the only one who has the right to do this) and takes her hand in marriage, restoring her and practically demonstrating his love for her. I wanted this very personal experience of redemption to come out through the song. Hence ‘me’ is intentionally used throughout rather than ‘us’ – I want people to grasp that God thought of each one of us specifically when He sent Jesus to the cross.
Within the song, the bridge is so important. It’s where almighty God becomes broken, servant God. God allows His hands – that stretched out the universe – to be pierced with nails by his own children. God who freely walked upon the water, obediently takes steps along the long road to the cross. This is not a distant God, He, through Jesus, got right into our world because He had to get His family back. I also wanted to bring out the dynamic between Jesus and God – that when we see Jesus, when we consider what He did on the cross, we see the very heart of God (John 14:9)
The song has a hymnal feel to it. It’s a classic rather than a song that’s trying to be current. When I sing this song I feel so moved by the enormity of redemption – it is so so much bigger than we can ever imagine. Saying “I am redeemed” feels like too weighty a concept to fully understand. So my hope is that this song helps in some way to unpack this for people and for them to connect with the truth of salvation, redemption and the finished work of the cross. I want it to carry weight and to reflect the significance and enormity of the cross.
Saying “I am redeemed” feels like too weighty a concept to fully understand. So my hope is that this song helps in some way to unpack this for people and for them to connect with the truth of salvation, redemption and the finished work of the cross.