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Chaos To Grace was birthed out of these scripture passages, Psalm 34:1, Psalm 46, Psalm 40, Ephesians 1:3-10, Philippians 1:6, Romans 7:24-25a, Romans 8:37-39, Ephesians 2:1-7 and 2 Corinthians 5:16-21. Though all of these scriptures can be seen in Chaos To Grace, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 is really the guts of the song. 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 states the following: “16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Chaos To Grace is the story and celebration of a chaotic sin filled life made new by the outpouring of God’s matchless grace. At the cross, the Father cast the chaos and the debt of our sin filled lives upon the shoulders of His perfect Son Jesus, and in the same event we were declared righteous as seen in 2 Corinthians 5:21.
The opening lines of the song, “You drew me up from the dirt stained and filthy but called Your own” are lines that speak to where God found us, namely living out our depravity and dead in our trespasses and sins. These lines in particular find their heritage in Psalm 40:2 which states, “He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.” There is no hope for us as wretches apart from the righteous right arm of God drawing us up out of the pit of destruction. There is nothing we can do on our own accord to reach Him. This truth should remind us where we were when He drew us up out of the pit, and should infuse our singing with joy, because He has drawn us up out of the pit. The second half of the first verse states, “You took my identity of hurt, the tears I’ve cried, the hidden pain.” Christ embodied our depravity and separation from the Father on the cross, which is why He cried out while on the cross “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me.” Jesus Christ became sin, so that we could have his righteousness, and in that glorious exchange we gain our new identities, namely as God’s chosen and adopted sons and daughters. One of the many beauties of this exchange is that it can’t be undone, and this particular truth is celebrated in both Pre-Choruses of the song through the words “You know all I’ve done (Even through all I’ve done), Yet claimed me as a chosen one (You’ve claimed me as a chosen one).”
The chorus is defined by the word “Hallelujah,” which is the first word in the chorus. Hallelujah is a Hebrew term, which is literally translated as Praise ye the LORD. The scriptures that the chorus celebrates are found in Romans 7:24-25a, which read: “24 Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” We as God’s chosen people have exchanged our chaos for His grace. We have been given the grace to worship our Heavenly Father through the blood atonement of His Son Jesus Christ on the cross, and through His resurrection, through which we have been revived to walk in the newness of life as mentioned in 2 Corinthians 5:17.
The second verse with the lines “Now (an immediate active response to what the song has already said) I will be still and know, You’re my fortress, I’m found in You” hails from Psalm 46:10-11, which states the following: “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” 11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” In the second half of the second verse, the lyrics give further weight to why we as sons and daughter can be still and know that He is God and He is our fortress, namely through the lines “You cancelled the debt that I owed, my sin filled life has been made new.” We can be still and know, because He is faithful to bring the good work that He has started to completion.
In the bridge of Chaos To Grace, the worshipper is challenged to sing the lines “I will not stop rejoicing in You God, in me Your praise lives on.” This line celebrates the effectiveness of the work of God in the believer’s life. The words “I will not stop” are only true if God doesn’t stop working in us and loving us as His people, and we see that He will never stop working in us and loving us through the lens of the following scripture passages: 1.) Philippians 1:6 which states, “6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” 2.) Romans 8:37-39 which reads, “37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Chaos To Grace finishes out with a celebration of remembrance with the title phrase of the song and the definitive term of the chorus sung over top of each other, namely “Chaos to grace” and “Hallelujah.” The worshiper in essence celebrates with a “Hallelujah,” and in the midst of the hallelujah comes the remembrance of what is behind the hallelujah, namely that God took our chaos and used it to show us His grace.
This song was written by the Worship & Arts team from LifePoint Church and recorded by Jon Myers, Justin Greiner, Tiffani Hoover, and Jt Burke of Fathom Fidelity Recording Studio.