What About Those Bars?

We’ve had a ton of people ask us about the meaning of the bars on the cover of the new album LIFER. We briefly mentioned this on social media, but thought that now the album was out we’d mention it here as well.

The three bars represent three different “facets” of LIFE.

1: LIFE – Living. 
Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7)

2:  LIFE – The path of life you are on.
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.  (1 Timothy 6:12)

3:  LIFE – Living WITH life or passion.
I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.  (Psalm 146:2)

And as long as my heart is beating, My lungs are breathing, I’ll keep on singing for You.
Even right through the moment, When You call me home yeah, I’ll still be singing for You.
Cuz that what lifers do.


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  • Mark Breedlove


  • Jen Chasse

    Love it!! Love the new album so much!

  • John stuck

    Love this! Thanks to all of you for yet another great, great album. My wife and daughter gave me the pre-order package with drum stick for my birthday. What a great surprise! Love you guys for keeping the faith and for all the wonderful music over the years.

  • Grady Moyer

    I’m really enjoying this new album, and for the uplifting music MM has made, and while I was thinking about the meaning of the song Lifer during a graphing project and it inspired my latest quiz grade. Thanks MercyMe for a lifetime of meaningful worship.

  • Debbie Knapp

    A couple of weeks ago I attended the WGTS 60th anniversary concert and heard MercyMe. It is not my habit to write to performers or this radio station but I have felt pulled to write after hearing the new song Lifer and enjoying the CD with the same name.

    In 1980 I made a bad choice and killed my abusive husband after over 6 years of physical and mental abuse. In 1982 I received a Life sentence for the crime and was sent to Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville TN. From that time on I was referred to as a lifer because of the amount of time I was serving. I hated it! Always felt shame when called a lifer because it was used as a slur almost like a cuss word.

    After hearing your song Lifer I no longer feel shamed or degraded by this label. Now I feel special knowing that I am a Lifer for God and not just labeled a lifer because of the amount of time I received for my crime. Thanks for taking a negative label I have carried since 1982 and in 2017 turning it into a positive label. I thank God that you not only hear His voice but listen and write music that brings comfort to His children.

  • Sandi Beutler

    Please please please come to Oklahoma!!

  • Michelle Sneider

    Thank you for lifting up a standdard for us to run to in this battle. “Even If” has already helped me and many others through much strife.

  • Sam Schue

    “Even if” is totally inspiring. At my lowest point and this song has helped me pull back from oblivion. Thank you! Thank you!

  • Glenn B (South Florida)

    Can’t wait for MercyMe to make its way to South Florida sometime in 2017………………what a blessing it will be. Praying for this upcoming tour and the stops it will make. MercyMe continues to find a way to touch our souls and encourage us with songs from the heart.

  • Bob Deyoe

    Your music and witness continues to be a huge blessing to my walk. Thank you for following the Lord’s leading.

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