I Asked the Lord

It’s only when you get to a certain point in life that these words can truly resonate with your soul in all their beauty.

I Asked The Lord

I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith and love and every grace
Might more of His salvation know
And seek more earnestly His face

Twas He who taught me thus to pray
And He I trust has answered prayer
But it has been in such a way
As almost drove me to despair

I hoped that in some favored hour
At once He’d answer my request
And by His love’s constraining power
Subdue my sins and give me rest

Instead of this He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart
And let the angry powers of Hell
Assault my soul in every part

Yea more with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Cast out my feelings, laid me low

Lord why is this, I trembling cried
Wilt Thou pursue thy worm to death?
“Tis in this way” The Lord replied
“I answer prayer for grace and faith”

“These inward trials I employ
From self and pride to set thee free
And break thy schemes of earthly joy
That thou mayest seek thy all in me,
That thou mayest seek thy all in me.”

—John Newton


Amazing Saving Grace

“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.” These words come natural to the lips of most people, because they remember the song. Sometimes though, I wonder if most people even realize the beauty of the truth that they are proclaiming. Recently, I was at the funeral of a friend of mine. As we were asked to rise and sing this song I looked around the room and saw that most of the people in attendance were following along. It was almost as though their mouths were moving, but the truth of the words wasn’t connecting. I say this because for me, every time I sing that song, I can’t help but smile. My heart cries out for joy when I hear those lyrics.

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The Melody Of Life

It’s everywhere we go. Workout: crank up the iPod. Going to work: turn up the stereo. On the way home from a long day: etc., etc. Music is woven into the very fabric of our lives. It’s a place that many people go to escape the pressures of life. For others, it’s a person that actually makes sense after a long day of nonsense. And to some it has become so natural to the process of a day that it’s significance is never even realized. Most people, in fact, might not even realize the role that music plays in their day to day activities. More importantly they probably don’t recognize the complete effect that a simple arrangement of sounds has on the decisions they make, the way they walk, talk, or even as much as who they are. More likely is that most would deny that something as seemingly innocent as a song could be any more profound than its melody and chorus. But it’s that melody and chorus, or hook, that is designed to bait you in, to get you humming along with the tune until you can’t get it out.

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