Every Now and Then, You Should Try to Write a Song

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Long we loved another Land

And hid beneath its Ruler’s hand.

We’ve abandoned our Commander.

Lord, look down.

Lord, look down—

Lord look down.

We’ve abandoned our Commander.

Lord, look down.

 

Somehow we have pulled away,

Though Your blood cried out for us to stay.

We’ve forsaken our Redeemer.

Lord, look down.

Lord, look down—

Lord look down.

We’ve forsaken our Redeemer.

Lord, look down.

 

Long we’ve tried to merely endure

The illnesses no man can cure.

We’ve forgotten our Physician.

Lord, look down.

Lord, look down—

Lord look down.

We’ve forgotten our Physician.

Lord, look down.

 

Now we bow our heads before Your throne;

Prodigals asking to come home

We’re returning to our Father.

Lord, look down.

Lord, look down—

Lord look down.

We’re returning to our Father.

Lord, look down.

 

 

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  1. Love the words. I admit that I have a problem with this whole bowing down, tell us what to do, we aen’t anything without you theme, but I can see how this will appeal to those who like that.

        • You *could* say it about another person…but a human’s love is imperfect, and submitting to another human’s will to the extreme end of submission (i.e., utter servility) is not at all a good thing. God’s love, however, *is* perfect, and He is trustworthy because He will not destroy your life if you give it to Him–in fact, He makes it more full, more purposeful, and more meaningful that it could be otherwise.
          That’s totally a “faith thing,” I know. But it’s worth accepting by faith.

        • This is where it gets ticky. Because all faiths think that about their god too. And for some reason, you all think of them as not the same guy. So people end up condeming or even killing the people who use another name.

        • All faiths claim a god–whether multiple deities or choosing to worship man–but if all of them were the true God (since they’re all so different in character) then there might as well not be God at all. Only one faith claims the God who gave up His life for the people He loved. That is the ultimate act of love, and I choose to follow the one and only God–because He loves me more than He loves His own life.

        • But they are all just as convinced that they are right. And of course you believe in your god. But even people who think they are talking about the same god as you have different versions of him. I’m just saying that certainty is a nice thing. It doesn’t mean that you are right.

        • It doesn’t mean that you are wrong either… I do admit that. I might be in for an unpleasant surprise when I pass on, and I hope you put in a good word for me.

  2. Is this set to music? It is beautiful!
    I love that each verse focuses on a different aspect of God’s character:Commander, Redeemer, Physician and Father

  3. The Dadster Ripostes:

    Here is a distinction between what Christians profess and what other religions believe.

    The God we believe in is also the One Who willingly took on our form to bear in His body the just judgment we should bear so that we might be remade in the image He originally designed for us.

    The cross on which the Lord Jesus was suspended was not justly His. It was mine. The horror He bore was not His. It was mine.

    For God made Him, who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

    There, friends, is the most inequitable exchange ever made.

    And God–the God of heaven, the God of creation, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob–willingly made that exchange so that I might be freed from the just judgment I deserve.

    And that exchange remains open yet for all who would enter and convert the coin of their current existence for the gilt of God’s kingdom.

    Put in a good word? Of course. It’s called prayer. We do it as naturally as we inhale.

    Love without reason? Certainly. For we are told that love is the evidence of our relationship with Him.

    Grieve over those who doubt His goodness? Absolutely.

    Urge them to repent while they may? Without question.

    Argue about niggling things? Not if we have properly matured.

    Contend for the things central and important? Absolutely.

    Harm others? By His grace, never. We are made to serve. And serving others is a joy inexpressible.

    So, to my little scion, and to her readers, and to her (even gentle) detractors, the Dadster responds:

    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

    Deo Soli Gloria.

    The Dadster

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