When i took LONG SHANKS to the Youth group meeting at church last week i had gone with the intention of adding to my on-going story line. I shouldn't have gotten on-line if i had honestly wanted to get any writing done, but i did. In the long run i am glad that i did, but i didn't get any writing done.
I came upon a slide show presented by Together for the Gospel on Facebook. The song moved me deeply and though i needed to use it for my weekly (well, it supposed to be weekly) Music Monday post. You see, i feel we humans really do see our own contribution to the Savior's suffering and death far too superficially. I am not saying we remain there, merely that we take an honest look at exactly what our rebellion meant to the very One who created us, who breathed life into us. For me, when i do this... i feel the joy and immense freedom His supreme sacrifice on behalf conveys.
O Great GodAlbum: Valley of Vision - August 2006
Verse 1O great God of highest heavenOccupy my lowly heartOwn it all and reign supremeConquer every rebel powerLet no vice or sin remainThat resists Your holy warYou have loved and purchased meMake me Yours forevermore
Verse 2I was blinded by my sinHad no ears to hear Your voiceDid not know Your love withinHad no taste for heaven’s joysThen Your Spirit gave me lifeOpened up Your Word to meThrough the gospel of Your SonGave me endless hope and peace
Verse 3Help me now to live a lifeThat’s dependent on Your graceKeep my heart and guard my soulFrom the evils that I faceYou are worthy to be praisedWith my every thought and deedO great God of highest heavenGlorify Your Name through me
Songwriters: Mark Altrogge, Stephen Altrogge, Peter Gagnon, Bob Kauflin, Doug Plank, and Pat Sczebel
This week i would like to include a poem by John Piper.
Doubly RelievedMy patient Comforter, my God,
My Life, my Breath, my holy Zeal,
My soul is doubly sorrowful:
That I still sin against your Seal,
And sinning cause my Sovereign grief.
I know it is your holy way
To make your grief serve perfect joy,
But I still pray, O bring the day
When, in the twinkling of an eye,
My soul will doubly be relieved:
I will not ever sin again,
And you will nevermore be grieved.
by John Piper