“What A Friend,” Maher’s spin on the hymn “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” is an exuberant track filled with joyous hand claps and gang vocals just this side of a party. There’s joy weaved throughout, a joy that can only be found in knowing and being known. “I’m totally understood in the heart of God. He understands me. The more I know that God understands me, the less I need the world to.”
Matt says this about the song, “With this song the story of the original hymn and what inspired it is powerful. What A Friend We Have In Jesus was written by an Irishman in Canada named Joseph Scriven. He was engaged twice and both times his fiance’s died. He became a missionary, helping physically handicapped and the destitute. He had taken a vow of poverty and to comfort his mother who was ill he wrote a poem – the lyrics to What A Friend We Have In Jesus.
I think it says a lot about a man who’s experienced so much suffering in his life that he could still have the faith to write lyrics and words the declaring the friendship of Jesus.
I think that’s real devotion that’s real face and that’s also experiencing what real friendship is.
More than ever before I think Christians need to remind people about the friendship of God.
It never changes and never wavers and never falters. He, Himself, remains faithful. God will not betray us. He’ll never forsake us. He will never leave us.
That’s really kind of the heart behind the song – experiencing the very real, very constant very consistent, friendship of Jesus.