All of Creation

Album: The Generous Mr. Lovewell (2010)
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Songfacts®:

  • This is the first single from American contemporary Christian band MercyMe's seventh studio album, The Generous Mr. Lovewell.
  • Lead singer Bart Millard explained the meaning of the album title: "The Generous Mr. Lovewell revolves around a fictional character we created who reminds us that we simply need to love others well. For some of us, it means that we need to put hands and feet on our ideology and rhetoric. For others, it means that we need to continue in doing well, but to not stop there. We need to let people know why we are called to make a difference. Our prayer is that this album would mobilize the body of Christ to encourage people in word and deed."
  • The single topped the chart on Billboard Christian Songs, earning MercyMe their tenth #1 hit on the survey.
  • Millard told the story of the song to New Release Tuesday: "The entire album deals with three main aspects of love. The theme of the record is to 'love well' as Jesus commands us in the greatest commandment. There are songs about inward love such as in our song 'Beautiful.' There are songs based on 'we love because He first loved us,' which is the basis of this first single, 'All of Creation.'

    I set out to write a song that was confessional and refers to the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus in each verse. It was my intent to mention every stage of Christ's condescension and atoning sacrifice throughout the song."

    Millard added: "There are 11 different Bible verses that tie in to the song, including in the bridge: Philippians 2:9-11: 'Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.'"
  • This was the 2010 National Christian Audience Song of the Year and Christian AC Song of the Year. The track dominated Billboard's AC Monitored chart for 11 weeks, the longest run at #1 in MercyMe's career.

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