PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE: “We Are the Reason-He Is Our Reason”
One of my favorite Christian artists of the 1980’s was David Meece. I heard one of his songs on Christian radio the other day and I realized what a gifted musician he was then, and it made me wonder what he is doing today. Is he still singing for the Lord? Still ministering in the name of Jesus? Still impacting crowds with the gospel as he did in the 1980’s and the 1990’s? Has he retired from ministry much like Dallas Holm and Andre Crouch did after years of ministry?
David Meece was born May 26, 1952, (actually a year older than your Pastor!), can you believe that? He grew up Humble, Texas with an alcoholic father, and a very strict mother, who insisted he learn classical piano only! By his mid-teens he was touring in Europe and the U.S. doing classical piano concerts. He went on to study at Peabody Conservatory of Music. After dedicating his life to Christ, he sought to use his gifts to honor the Lord Jesus Christ. He ventured into songwriting and recording Contemporary Christian music in the late 70’s. His first album was David, released in 1976. His first album had moderate success in the Christian world. He followed it up with three more albums that had wider circulation and greater success. His magnum opus, (greatest work), came on his 1980 album Are You Ready? It was the song-We are the Reason. It went straight to the top of the charts, and has now been recorded by over 200 Christian artists. Meece explained how the song happened to Contemporary Christian Music Magazine-“We are the Reason was written to remind us that Jesus died for each one of us individually. The individual nature of Christ’s sacrifice is something we need to really focus on.” He explained that he did not really know what he was doing, when the Holy Spirit led him to write the lyrics. He said, “It’s not my intellect that did it; it wasn’t my profound theological thought. I was a piano teacher. I never went to Bible College, never attended a Seminary. I was probably the last person you would expect to write a song like that which would have such a profound spiritual message. I mean, it just kind of wrote itself. When I took it and played it for Brown Bannister, my producer, he was the one that recognized it for what it was. I really did not know; it was one of those things that God plopped in my lap!” What a great song! Listen to the words:
“As little children we would dream of Christmas morn
And all the gifts and toys we knew we’d find
But we never realized a baby born one blessed night
Gave us the greatest gift of our lives
We are the reason that He gave His life
We are the reason that He suffered and died!
To a world that was lost He gave all He could give
To show us the reason to live…
I’ve finally found the reason for living
It’s in giving every part of my life to Him
In all that I do, every word that I say.
I’ll be giving my all just for Him, for Him
…. for He is our reason to live!”
Those are just a few excerpts of his lyrics. But what a message.
He is still performing concerts. He is still ministering for the Lord. He and his wife Debbie are very active in a Baptist Church in Franklin, Tennessee. He still travels the world. Still sings to large crowds, but also will come to smaller venues, to share the Gospel for those who request his ministry, on an individual basis. He is still lifting up Jesus, and His Gospel message in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is still his reason to live! My favorite song of his was from his first album. It is a song titled Dave’s Prayer-Got to Know You’re There! I was renewed and refreshed by the memory of his ministry in my life and I wanted to share that with you. Check him out on u-tube. Great music. Great piano. Great lyrics. Be blessed!