When Jo Dee Messina was diagnosed with cancer last year, the 47-year-old singer admitted the ordeal seriously tested her faith. However, thankfully, she’s now feeling better—and she has a new song that came out of that intense struggle.
The singer shared the song during a world-premiere performance on Huckabee on Saturday night (April 7), which you can hear above. The lyrics speak of being overwhelmed, with “waves crashing in” and “darkness surrounding,” before going into the uplifting chorus: “My God is bigger than this, His love is greater.”
Messina’s song is available for download and she explains its inspiration in her own words: “In the summer of 2017, I was facing struggles with my health, personal life and finances. It seemed like everything was crashing in around me. My heart was really moved, not to focus on the chaos of life, but the bigness of God. At that point and from that place of praise and worship came this song.”
Messina’s career started in the mid-90s and included No. 1 hits like “Bye, Bye” and “I’m Alright,” plus a duet with Tim McGraw called “Bring on the Rain” and her final hit, “My Give a Damn’s Busted” from 2005. Her last studio album was Me, released in 2014. Messina has two young sons, 8-year-old Noah and 5-year-old Jonah.
Thirty years ago I was standing beside a shortwave radio in a house on the Atun Yacu , when I learned, one of the principal headwaters of the Amazon when I learned that my husband, Jim Elliot, was one of the five missionaries missing. They had gone into the territory of the Auca Indians a people who had never heard even the name of Jesus Christ. What did I do? I suppose I said out loud, “O Lord!” And he answered me. Not with an audible voice ( I never heard him speak that way in my life). But God brought to mind this ancient promise from the book of Isaiah.
I am the lord your God. Think of it ! The One who engineered this incredible universe with such exquisite precision that astronomers can predict exactly where and when Halley’s comet will appear -this God is my Lord . Evelyn Underhill said, “If God was small enough to be understood, he would not be big enough to be understood, he would, not be big enough to be worshiped .” Can we imagine that God who is concerned with so many stupendous things, can possibly be concerned about us? We hope he is. That is why we turn to him in desperation and cry out , as I did, ” O Lord” Where else can we possibly turn when we have come to the end of our resources?
Does God love us? Karl Barth , the great theologian , was once asked if he could condense all the theology he has ever written into one simple sentence.