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.
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:https://rabbitroom.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/02-Well-Done-Good-and-Faithful.mp3