If it’s Amazing Grace

There comes a time when we all take a breath,
admit who we are, with all our mess;
stand there and tremble and hope for the best –
knowing it’s out of our hands…

But if it’s Amazing Grace, let it do what it does:
it can reach far beyond anything we have done!
Truth is, there’s just some things that cannot be explained…
It’s gonna find a way if it’s Amazing Grace.

Many before us have stood on that ledge –
arguments filling their hearts and their heads
to only discover that it’s all been true:
that it can make anyone new!

Chorus

It crashes through darkness;  shatters our shame!
We can run all we want, it keeps calling our names…
It’s strong and relentless;  full of forgiveness;
No depth it won’t go, just to save…

But if it’s Amazing Grace, let it do what it does:
it can reach far beyond anything we have done!
Truth is, there’s just some things that cannot be explained…
It’s gonna find a way if it’s Amazing Grace;

it’s gonna find a way if it’s Amazing Grace
I know my heart’s been changed by this Amazing Grace.

~ Written by:  Chris Cleveland, Michael Farren & Seth Mosley
Performed by:  Stars Go Dim ~

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Majesty (Here I am)

Here I am, humbled by Your Majesty…
covered by Your grace so free.  (Eph. 2:8)
Here I am, knowing I’m a sinful man,  (Rom. 3:23)
covered by the Blood of the Lamb…  (Eph. 1:7, 1 John 1:7, 1 Peter 4:8)

Now I’ve found the greatest love of all is mine  (John 15:13)
since You laid down Your life:  the greatest sacrifice!

Majesty, Majesty…
Your grace has found me just as I am:
empty handed, but alive in Your hands.  (John 10:29)

Here I am humbled by the love that You give;  (1 John 4:19, Rom. 5:8)
forgiven so that I can forgive.  (Col. 3:13, Matt. 6:14)
So here I stand, knowing that I’m Your desire,  (Job 14:15)
sanctified by glory and fire.  (1 Pet. 4:12)

Now I’ve found the greatest love of all is mine
since you laid down your life:  the greatest sacrifice!

Majesty, Majesty…
Your grace has found me just as I am:
empty handed, but alive in Your hands.
Majesty, Majesty…
Forever I am changed by Your love
in the presence of Your Majesty… Majesty…

[Instrumental]

Majesty, Majesty!
Your grace has found me just as I am:
and I’m nothing, but alive in Your hands.  (Isaiah 40:17; read in context!*)
Majesty, Majesty!
Forever I am changed by Your love
in the beauty of Your Majesty…

~ Written by:  Stu Gerrard & Martin Smith
Performed by:  Delirious? ~

* Footnote about Isaiah 40:17

The Book of Isaiah is filled with Scriptures that declares God’s Almighty Sovereignty, and His righteousness in contrast with our sinfulness.  I absolutely love this book in the Bible, because woven throughout the text that shows us how big our God is, are amazingly beautiful verses that describe how much He loves us, particularly from Isaiah 40 onward.  Below are a few of these examples, all to be read in context, but such beautiful declarations of Almighty God’s love for His children (Gal. 3:27-29, Col. 3:10-11):

“But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.
For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee…” Is. 41:8-10, 13

“But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, o Jacob, and He that formed thee, o Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine…” Is. 43:1

“Yet now hear, o Jacob my servant: and Israel, whom I have chosen: Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, o Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen…” Is. 44:1-2

“Remember these, o Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: o Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee…” Is. 44:21-22
(This passage actually reminds me of the story of Hosea, who redeemed (bought) the prostitute woman and loved her in spite of her turning back to her old ways.)

“Thus saith the LORD to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holdenI will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight… For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.” Is. 45:1-2, 4) (See Romans 5:8 & 1 John 4:19 above)

“Hearken unto me, o house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb: And even to your old age I am He; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.” Is. 46:3-4

“Sing, o heavens; and be joyful, o earth; and break forth into singing, o mountains: for the LORD hath comforted His people, and will have mercy upon His afflicted. But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands; thy walls are continually before me.” Is. 49:13-16

“For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is His Name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; the God of the whole earth shall He be called. For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God. For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid My face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.” Is. 54:5-8

Psalm 139

“Search me, O God, and know my heart:
try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.”

~ Psalm 239:23-24, KJV ~

When I read this Scripture, I am reminded of a beautiful explanation of these verses that I saw on a video by The Skit Guys.  If you know the Skit Guys’s videos, you’ll know that although these are incredibly deep verses, they are a comedy duo that aims to teach Biblical Truths in a humorous, practically applicable way. It’s also worth mentioning that their target audience for this video (and many other) are teenagers.

*Please watch this video with an open mind, and as a humorous explanation of the verses.

Hope you’ll enjoy this video as much as I did, and that you’ll find in the above verses a most beautiful prayer.

The Skit Guys refer to a few different Bible Versions in their explanation of these verses. You can compare different translations at BibleHub.com.

They mentioned another of their videos, God’s Chisel, which is completely worth watching! [God’s Chisel Remastered]

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
~ Psalm 51:10, KJV ~

Being known

A few weeks ago, I had a moment with my husband where, for a moment, I knew what he was thinking. It happens when people know each other very well, and if you’ve spent a lot of time together. You start to recognize situations, or you remember a previous conversation or circumstance, and sometimes, you just know what the other person is thinking as a situation occurs.

In a second, God drew my attention to Himself.

There are a few passages in the Bible when Jesus answered the scribes and Pharisees’ thoughts without them having to say a word. I’ll highlight a few for you:

“But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, ‘Why do you think evil in your hearts?’ ” – Matthew 9:4 (ESV)

“When Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered them, ‘Why do you question in your hearts?’ ” – Luke 5:22 (ESV)

I had always thought that Jesus knew their thoughts because He is God, simply because He is all-knowing and He knew all their darkness and evil motives. But, in that moment, I realized something incredibly beautiful.

Jesus knew their thoughts because these individual persons were indescribably loved by Him. He knew these people as individuals, loving their personality traits and quirks and knowing their concerns. In spite of their attitude towards Him, Jesus had an immensely deep love for these persons, just as He loves every human He ever created (again, in spite of what they do / don’t do).

He knew their thoughts, because He knew them.

Suddenly, I don’t read these passages of Scripture with a smug attitude, as if Jesus answered their thoughts out of pride or to show Himself off to them*. Instead, I read these with a sense of Jesus’ deep compassion and love, and I imagine Him with care asking them these questions so that they can realize how unreasonable they were being. (Refer to the passages in context at the bottom of this post.) He was helping them out of love, guiding them to a better understanding of what God’s Law was really about.

I thank God for the compassionate love He has for each of us. I am grateful that Jesus knows and loves me and all about me, in spite of my flaws and failures, and that He will take the time to address my thoughts so that I can realize my need for (more of) Him.

May you also realize His immeasurable love for you today. May you meditate on the fact that God loves you as you are, He delights in you because of who He made you to be, graciously forgiving your mistakes, knowing all about you more intimately than anyone ever can.

Praise be to God!

* Notice how, in both passages below, Jesus was not drawing attention to Himself, but God was glorified through His miracles. Although Jesus is part of the God-head, it was not clear to the scribes and Pharisees at this point in time (perhaps some realized it later).

I’d love to hear if you find some more passages where Jesus knew their thoughts!

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Matthew 9
1  And He entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into His own city.  2  And, behold, they brought to Him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; “Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.”  3  And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, ‘This man blasphemeth.’  4  And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?  5  For whether is easier, to say, “Thy sins be forgiven thee”; or to say, “Arise, and walk?”  6  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins,” (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) “Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.”  7  And he arose, and departed to his house.  8  But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men.

Luke 5
17  And it came to pass on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.  18  And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before Him.  19  And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.  20  And when He saw their faith, He said unto him, “Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.”  21  And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?”  22  But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answering said unto them, “What reason ye in your hearts?  23  Whether is easier, to say, “Thy sins be forgiven thee”; or to say, “Rise up and walk?”  24  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins,” (He said unto the sick of the palsy,) “I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.”  25  And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.  26  And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things to day.”

Luke 7
36  And one of the Pharisees desired Him that He would eat with him. And He went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.  37  And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment,  38  And stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed His feet, and anointed them with the ointment.  39  Now when the Pharisee which had bidden Him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, ‘This man, if He were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth Him: for she is a sinner.’  40  And Jesus answering said unto him, “Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee.” And he saith, “Master, say on.”  41  “There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.  42  And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?”  43  Simon answered and said, “I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most.” And He said unto him, “Thou hast rightly judged.”  44  And He turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, “Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest Me no water for My feet:  but she hath washed My feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.  45  Thou gavest Me no kiss:  but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss My feet.  46  My head with oil thou didst not anoint:  but this woman hath anointed My feet with ointment.  47  Wherefore I say unto thee, her sins, which are many, are forgiven;  for she loved much:  but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.”  48  And He said unto her, “Thy sins are forgiven.”  49  And they that sat at meat with Him began to say within themselves, ‘Who is this that forgiveth sins also?‘  50  And He said to the woman, “Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.”

Everybody’s free (to wear sunscreen)

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’97

Wear sunscreen.  If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.  The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience…
I will dispense this advice now:

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth — oh nevermind;  you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded.  But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked…

You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future;  or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum.  The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing everyday that scares you.

Sing.

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts;  don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don’t waste your time on jealousy;  sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind… the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults.  If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life…  the most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives;  some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t;
maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t;
maybe you’ll divorce at 40;
maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary…
Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your choices are half chance (so are everybody else’s).

Enjoy your body, use it every way you can…  don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it – it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.

Dance… even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.
Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Brother and sister
Together, we’ll make it through
Someday our spirits
Will take you and guide you there
I know you’ve been hurting
But I’ve been waiting to be there for you
And I’ll be there just helping you out
Whenever I can

Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good.
Be nice to your siblings;  they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on.  Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard;
live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths:
prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old…
and when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young,
prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you.
Maybe you have a trust fund;
maybe you have a wealthy spouse;
but you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair or by the time you’re 40, it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it.  Advice is a form of nostalgia;  dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

Brother and sister
Together, we’ll make it through
Someday our spirits
Will take you and guide you there
I know you’ve been hurting
But I’ve been waiting to be there for you
And I’ll be there just helping you out
Whenever I can

Everybody’s free
Everybody’s free
Oh, yeah
Don’t you fear

~ Written by:  Mary Schmich, a columnist with the Chicago Tribune in 1997
Performed by:  Baz Luhrmann ~

Psalm 92

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night…”
Psalms 92:1‭-‬2 ESV

Three “good” things to aspire to for the new year:

  1. Give thanks
  2. Sing praises to God’s Name
  3. Declare His steadfast (unfailing) love and faithfulness

Christmas for Jesus

We celebrate Christmas once every year
and God’s little Boy born to our kingdom here.
Is it Christmas for Jesus when I’m born in His?
Is my heart the present He put on His list?

So rip through the wrapping to what’s hidden inside,
lift me up, Jesus, and open me wide!
May I be the gift that brings You delight
as I’m born to You on this Holy night.

~ Written by:  Jason Gray & Cason Cooley
Performed by:  Gus Gray ~

This is Christmas

Do you find it hard to sleep tonight,
resting by the Christmas lights?
Could there be something you forgot…?
Beyond the bows and mistletoe,
the tree with presents wrapped below,
there’s more to this that you had ever thought…

Have we lost the reason that we celebrate each year?

What is Christmas if there never was a Savior wrapped in a manger?
What is Christmas without Christ…?

Remember how the story goes:
God’s Gift was wrapped in swaddling clothes
beneath a star one great and holy night…
The shepherds heard the angels sing,
the wise men brought an offering.
Peace on Earth began in Bethlehem!

Have we lost the reason that we celebrate each year?

What is Christmas if there never was a Savior wrapped in a manger?
What is Christmas if the angels never sang glory to the newborn King?
What is Christmas without Christ?

[There’d be no…]
Gloria in excelsis Deo*!

What is Christmas if there never was a Savior wrapped in a manger
What is Christmas without Christ…?

This is Christmas: it’s all about the Savior wrapped in the manger!
This is Christmas, because of Jesus Christ!
This is Christmas, because of Christ!

~ Written & performed by:  Kutless ~

* “Gloria in excelsis Deo” (Latin for “Glory to God in the highest”) is a Christian hymn, otherwise known as “Angels we have heard on high”.  This is a reference to the angels’ song as they brought the message of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds in the fields:

Luke 2

8  And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  9  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.  10  And the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  12  And this shall be a sign unto you:  ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”  13  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  14  “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”  15  And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, “Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”  16  And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.  17  And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.  18  And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.  19  But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.  20  And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
21  And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the Child, His Name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

Matthew 2

1  Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,  2  saying, “Where is He that is born King of the Jews?  for we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.”  3  When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.  4  And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.  5  And they said unto him, “In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,  6  “And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda:  for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.” [Micah 5:2] ”  7  Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.  8  And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, “Go and search diligently for the young Child; and when ye have found Him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship Him also.”  9  When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.  10  When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.  11  And when they were come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped Him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto Him gifts:  gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.  12  And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
13  And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, and take the young Child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word:  for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”  14  When he arose, he took the young Child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:  15  and was there until the death of Herod:  that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt have I called My Son.” [Hosea 11:1]
16  Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.  17  Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy [Jeremiah 31:15] the prophet, saying,  18  “In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.”
19  But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,  20  Saying, “Arise, and take the young Child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel:  for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.”  21  And he arose, and took the young Child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel.  22  But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his father Herod, he was afraid to go thither:  notwithstanding, being warned of God in a dream, he turned aside into the parts of Galilee:  23  and he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, “He shall be called a Nazarene.”

Rest (The song of the Innkeeper)

“My hope in writing these songs was to climb inside the Christmas narrative through the characters who lived it, trusting that if I told their stories as truthfully as I knew how, listeners might recognize themselves in their stories:  the innkeeper so exhausted by endless day-to-day demands that he misses the Sabbath Rest that arrives on his doorstep…” ~ Jason Gray
.

I found them standing at my door
in the clumsy silence of the poor…
I’ve got no time for precious things,
but at least they won’t be wandering
if they’re sleeping on my stable floor…

There were no rooms to rent tonight;
the only empty bed is mine,
’cause I’m overlooked and overrun
with so many things that must be run,
until I’m numb and running blind…

I need rest, I need rest…
Lost inside a forest of a million trees,
trying to find my way back to “me”;
I need rest…

As a boy I heard the old men sing
about a Kingdom and a coming King,
but keeping books and changing beds
put a different song inside my head;
and the melody is deafening…

I need rest, I need rest…
Like a drowning man in the open sea,
I need somebody to rescue me;
I need rest…

To Rome we’re only names and numbers,
not souls in search of signs and wonders.
But we’re waiting for the day of our salvation –
the Messiah who will be our liberation…
We’re waiting… I’m waiting…

I need rest, I need rest…
Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel,
with a sword deliver Israel;
I need rest…

Tonight I can’t get any sleep
with those shepherds shouting in the streets…
A star is shining much too bright,
somewhere I hear a Baby cry…
and all I want is a little peace…

~ Words and music by:  Jason Gray & Randall Goodgame (2012)
Performed by:  Jason Gray ~

Matthew 11
28  “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  29  Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  30  For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” ~ Jesus speaking

Hebrews 4
1  Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

Luke 2
6  And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.  7  And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

Every beat of my broken heart

This is not what I asked, not what I prayed for…
Are you listening now?
‘Cause all that I’ve built, all that I’ve bled for
is coming undone…

But what if it had to be broken
before my heart could be open?

Maybe the shattered parts
are the places where Your love starts…
And now I am closer to where You are
with every beat of my broken heart.

Maybe it’s not what I would’ve chosen,
and I won’t understand;
but I’m trusting You now, ’cause all that I know is
I am safe in Your hands.

But what if it had to be broken
before my heart could be open?

Maybe the shattered parts
are the places where Your love starts…
And now I am closer to where You are
with every beat of my broken heart.
Mercy is here with me
even if I can’t see it now…
I am closer to where You are
with every beat of my broken heart.

So break me all the way, ‘til we are face to face:
When Your work in me is through, then all that’s left is You…

Chorus

I am closer to where You are
with every beat of my broken, beat of my broken heart.

~ Written by: Jon Steingrad
Performed by:  Hawk Nelson ~

Luke 4
16  And He [Jesus] came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.  17  And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Esaias [Isaiah 61:1].  And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written,  18  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  19  to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”  20  And He closed the book, and He gave it again to the minister, and sat down.  And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him.  21  And He began to say unto them, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”

Psalm 34:18 
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalm 147
2  The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: He gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.  3  He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.  4  He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names.  5  Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding is infinite.

Lamentations 3 
21  This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.  22  It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.  23  They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.