Friday, June 15, 2012

Lyrical Friday - Beneath the Waters

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For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die. Isaiah 57:2
“I create the fruit of the lips: Peace, peace to him who is far off and to him who is near,” says the Lord“And I will heal him.” Isaiah 57:19-

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever. Psalm 23:6 

I cried out to you, O LordI begged the Lord for mercy, saying, “What will you gain if I die, if I sink into the grave? 
Can my dust praise you? 
Can it tell of your faithfulness?  
Hear me, Lord, and have mercy on me. Help me, O Lord.” You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever! Psalm 30:8-12

My paternal grandmother passed away yesterday and I am confident in the Lord that she is in His presence. It got me thinking about the people I know that have passed away and into eternal glory or eternal damnation. One person made me uneasy. She was difficult to live with, hard to love, evil many times, blasphemous, a liar, a thief and she did much harm. Her heart harbored a lot of anger, bitterness, hate, filth and malice. Out of the abundance of her heart, her mouth indeed spoke and her actions followed. She did accept Jesus into her heart as her Lord and Savior, and for a moment in her life we witnessed repentance. Though she did change a bit, she remained bitter, perverse and proud. 
All this to say, that I sat on my bed and the goodness of the Lord of angered me. Her sins were so great yet because God is a just God who keeps His word, she is in Heaven now. Her sins erased. She has been raised and now in Christ she lives. How could He? (I'm being completely transparent here). In a way, it made me mad that she would, for all of eternity, enjoy the goodness of the Lord and that His mercy would now follow her all the days of her new life. She had committed so much evil and did not deserve eternity with Him. And then God spoke to me, "Her sins weigh as much as yours." 
Forgive me Lord
Oh wretched woman that I am.
As Christ was raised to life, she has been risen in Him.
And just like her, I was dead in my sin but I will rise.
She taught me the mercy of God.
Beneath The Waters, Hillsong 

This is my revelation
Christ Jesus crucified 
Salvation through redemption 
At the cross on which He died 
Now here my absolution 
Forgiveness for my sin
And I sink beneath the waters
That Christ was buried in 
I will rise
I will rise
As Christ 
Was raised to life
Now in Him 
Now in Him 
I live
I stand a new creation 
Baptized in blood and fire
No fear of condemnation 
By faith I'm justified 
I rise as You were risen 
Declare Your rule and reign 
My life confess Your lordship
And glorify Your name 
Your word it stands eternal 
Your kingdom knows no end 
Your praise goes on forever
And on and on again 
No power can stand against You 
No curse assault Your throne
No one can steal Your glory 
For it is Yours alone 
I stand to sing Your praises 
I stand to testify 
For I was dead in my sin 


Shelley said...

I agree, it's hard to understand how God can love everyone, even those who do evil. But He does, and I'm so grateful for His unconditional love! Great post and nice song! :)

Scarleth said...

Great post, even better song choice. We will never comprehend why God does what He does, His love reaches out to those who do evil daily yet He is so merciful in forgiving them.

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