November 20, 2011

The Heart of Worship – Lyrics, Michael W. Smith

Posted in Devotionals, Hymns / Songs / Lyrics tagged , at 11:32 pm by Sarah Bosse

Verse 1:
When the music fades
All is stripped away
And I simply come
Longing just to bring
Something that’s of worth
That will bless Your heart

Bridge:
I’ll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking into my heart

Chorus:
I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about You,
It’s all about You, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
When it’s all about You,
It’s all about You, Jesus

Verse 2:
King of endless worth
No one could express
How much You deserve
Though I’m weak and poor
All I have is Yours
Every single breath

Bridge:
I’ll bring You more than a song
For a song in itself
Is not what You have required
You search much deeper within
Through the way things appear
You’re looking into my heart

Chorus:
I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about You,
It’s all about You, Jesus
I’m sorry, Lord, for the thing I’ve made it
And it’s all about You,
It’s all about You, Jesus

Just read the lyrics. You probably already know the tune if you’re reading it here on my blog. So just slow down for 120 seconds and really READ the lyrics. Doesn’t this song resonate with many of us? We get so busy sometimes and forget that it’s not about the music and the noise…its something simpler, yet more profound, that God is after – a heart that loves Him.

Lord, help us to love you more. Let there be more of You, less of us. It is all about You. Everything we have is Yours. We love you, Lord.

August 6, 2011

I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired – Lyrics – Rev. James Cleveland

Posted in Hymns / Songs / Lyrics at 12:31 am by Sarah Bosse

After fighting a terrible bout of nausea since this morning (it's what woke me up) and which has been my miserable companion all day, I really really needed to hear this.  Maybe you do too?
I Don't Feel No Ways Tired Lyrics
Performed by- Rev. James Cleveland
Written by- Curtis Burrell


Chorus
I don't feel no ways tired,
I've come too far from where I started from.
Nobody told me that the road would be easy,
I don't believe He brought me this far to leave me.

Vamp
I don't believe He brought me this far 
(repeat as desired)

I've been sick (I don't believe),
but God brought me (He brought me this far).
I've been in trouble (I don't believe),
but God brought me (He brought me this far).

I've been friendless (I don't believe), 
but God brought me (He brought me this far).
I've been lonely (I don't believe), 
but God brought me (He brought me this far).

Please don't leave me (I don't believe),
don't leave me Jesus (He brought me this far).
Don't leave (I don't believe), 
don't leave me Lord (He brought me this far). 

I don't believe (I don't believe)
that God would bring me
(would bring me this far).

I don't believe (I don't believe)
that God would bring me 
(would bring me this far).

I don't believe (I don't believe)
that God would bring me (would bring me this far just to leave me).

May 27, 2011

Lord, Thou hast won, at length I yield – Lyrics – John Newton

Posted in Hymns / Songs / Lyrics, Poetry at 3:44 pm by Sarah Bosse

Lord, Thou hast won, at length I yield

Lord, Thou hast won, at length I yield;
My heart by mighty grace compelled
Surrenders all to Thee;
Against Thy terrors long I strove,
But who can stand against Thy love?
Love conquers even me.

If Thou hadst bid Thy thunders roll,
And light’nings flash, to blast my soul,
I still had stubborn been;
But mercy has my heart subdued,
A bleeding Savior I have viewed,
And now I hate my sin.

Now, Lord, I would be Thine alone,
Come, take possession of Thine own,
For Thou hast set me free;
Released from Satan’s hard command,
See all my powers waiting stand,
To be employed by Thee.

Source: http://www.hymnal.net/hymn.php/h/434#ixzz1NaTCuIJk

May 25, 2011

Marvelous Light – Charlie Hall – Lyrics – Out of darkness, out of shame.

Posted in Devotionals, Hymns / Songs / Lyrics at 9:37 pm by Sarah Bosse

One of the themes that have been going through my mind of late has been the theme of light. Especially, God’s light and its place in the Christian life. Following a word study I did on every occurrence of the word “light” in the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit reminded me of this song that I had not heard or sung since probably 2006. I remember singing that song at a singles group I was attending, but the meaning of the song just didn’t really impact me. Perhaps I didn’t feel that my sin was real enough, or that God’s grace was needed enough. But certainly now, his love is awakened me from my sleep and it beckons me to come and die so that he may take my life and use it for his glory. The darkness and the shame are very real, but Christ’s victory over death, over sin and darkness and shame, is even more real. And it informs my new life in Christ. I know that I am not the same person I was before Christ became my recognized Savior in 2005. And God has brought, and is bringing, the freedom that I long for. But when one has stood in a dark room for a long time, one’s eyes will hurt when first exposed to the light of the noon day.
The lyrics of this song are now alive to me, when once they made little sense and I didn’t have the interest to try to understand. God’s light is like that sometimes. We don’t always invite it and seek out God, but he is faithful to bring his light nonetheless, so that we may be sanctified and walk around, as during the day, rather than groping around in the dark and fearful of hidden things.

Marvelous Light – Charlie Hall

Into marvelous light I’m running,
Out of darkness, out of shame.
By the cross you are the truth,
You are the life, you are the way!

I once was fatherless,
a stranger with no hope;
Your kindness wakened me,
Awakened me, from my sleep

Your love it beckons deeply,
a call to come and die.
By grace now I will come
And take this life, take your life.

Sin has lost it’s power,
death has lost it’s sting.
From the grave you’ve risen
VICTORIOUSLY!

Chorus
Into marvelous light I’m running,
Out of darkness, out of shame.
By the cross you are the truth,
You are the life, you are the way!

My dead heart now is beating,
My deepest stains now clean.
Your breath fills up my lungs.
Now I’m free. now I’m free!

“It Is Well With My Soul” and the sea billows of brokenness and restoration

Posted in Devotionals, Hymns / Songs / Lyrics at 9:10 pm by Sarah Bosse

I’m walking through an intense journey right now where God is shining light on many hidden, locked-away areas in my life. What’s being made known is often painful just by its nature, other times the result of sin – my own sin and/or the sin(s) of others, filled with guilt and shame. And the whole process is, at times, both humbling and bewildering.

Hopefully, in time, I will find it to be comforting as well – that the God who calls for my personal sanctification brings about the means of its accomplishment through the Holy Spirit, and that He is the One at the root of it all. My friend asked me today if I was saying, “Ouch, Hallelujah!” to the Lord yet. At the moment, I think I’m still in the “Ouch” stage.

But I am encouraged to see how the Holy Spirit speaks to me as I bring my sin, my guilt, my pain, to the Throne of God. One of the ways God often encourages me is through hymns and music. My mind is like a perpetual tape player, always recording soundbites (if only I could remember when your birthday was or what you told me to do 30 seconds ago!), especially music and commercials (one reason I don’t watch TV – I don’t want to be singing “Like a good neighbor State Farm is there” insurance jingles for 36 hours straight in my mind). So songs I sang or heard 10, 20 years ago, are lodged in the deep sulci of my brain. Some of those, however, require the Holy Spirit to retrieve.

Anyways, “It Is Well With My Soul” has always been one of my favorites. It’s helped me weather so many storms, both physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. But now I hear a few more notes and melodies ring true through these beloved verses that I’ve never heard before.

I often saw the sea billows and sorrows as external circumstances, which they very well may also be. But now they take on a new meaning to me. They may be sea billows of grief or pain, sorrows for sins committed and the effects of the sins on God, others, and myself. And these waves and sorrows may be as deep or deeper than any external circumstances. Satan’s buffet’s attack God’s character and my identity in Christ. The trials are doubts. How will I stand? Firm, in God’s grace, in faith, despite fears and doubts, in the armor of God? God’s word is available and it really does teach me that my soul’s security is sure and as steadfast as the Lord’s own faithfulness (as it is rooted in the same).

Regardless of the Enemy’s arrows and the pains I have taken to add to my own life through sin, there is a blessed assurance that Jesus is mine and that he knew me fully from the Beginning, in my wretchedness, in my inability to help myself or improve my situation in the slightest. And knowing all of this fully, from the Beginning (before He created me or anything which He has created), He planned and then actually did spill His blood for me until death. (Isn’t it amazing that BEFORE I was created in 1980-something, He loved me so much that He died before I was even born, for me?…and you?) And being helpless, as I am, He paid for every bit of my rebellion.

It is no longer mine to bear. Indeed, if there is not one thing in all creation over which God does not cry “MINE!” then that absolutely includes my sin, because Jesus BECAME sin who knew no sin — He became MY sin. And it is his to keep.

But rather than keeping it, rather than holding onto my sin as a token of my idolatry and asking me to pity the God I hated; ….oh! instead! He PAID for it, then CAST IT AWAY as far as the East is from the West, and in its place He established a covenant of love and protection over my soul, a promise that I may enter into the most holy place and be in the presence of my King. Therefore, it is truly WELL with my soul and I can praise the Lord, O my soul!

It Is Well With My Soul

When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Refrain:
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life,
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

Horatio Spafford

February 21, 2011

I’ve Got The Victory in Jesus! “Victory” by Yolanda Adams – Lyrics

Posted in Hymns / Songs / Lyrics, Poetry tagged , , , at 9:52 pm by Sarah Bosse

[Chorus]
I’ve got, got the victory
I’ve got the sweet, sweet victory in Jesus,
Yes I do!
He is our mighty conquerer,
In Him I will trust, all my battles He’ll fight.
I’ve got, got the victory
I’ve got the sweet, sweet victory in Jesus.
For me He died but He rose on the third day
That’s why I have true victory everyday!

[Verse 1]
Truly I’ve been through the storm and rain.
I know everything about heartache and pain.
But God carried me through it all
Without His protection I’d surely fall.
I’ve been broke without a dime to my name.
But all my bills got paid ‘cause I called on Jesus name.
You can’t tell me that God isnt real ’cause I’ve got the victory and that’s why I’m still here.

[Chorus]

[Verse 2]
I’m not worried about material things I dont have
I just rest cause I’m sure in my Savior’s care
Because I know my blessing is on the way
I can’t see it right now but I stand by faith.
I’ve fought many, many battles in His name
I held up the blood-stained banner and proclaimed
That Jesus is the truth and the light:
Believe me when I say He will make it all right!

[Chorus]

[Bridge]
Yeah I got the victory yeah
I got the victory yeah yeah yeah
[And if you have the victory sing it with me]
Yeah I got the victory yeah I got the victory
Yeah yeah yeah
[I’ve got the victory Sing it with me]

[Chorus out]

November 18, 2010

Victory In Jesus – Eugene Bartlett

Posted in Hymns / Songs / Lyrics at 5:09 pm by Sarah Bosse

As I am sure I have explained a number of times in the past, my parents used to sing hymns in the car during loooong trips up and down the East Coast to visit relatives each year during the holidays. Today, while meditating on God’s Word, this hymn came to mind and has been playing like a record in my mind all day. So, here you go! Be blessed!

Victory In Jesus by Eugene Bartlett

I heard an old, old story,
How a Savior came from glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary
To save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning,
Of His precious blood’s atoning,
Then I repented of my sins
And won the victory.

Chorus
O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood.

I heard about His healing,
Of His cleansing pow’r revealing.
How He made the lame to walk again
And caused the blind to see;
And then I cried, “Dear Jesus,
Come and heal my broken spirit,”
And somehow Jesus came and bro’t
To me the victory.

I heard about a mansion
He has built for me in glory.
And I heard about the streets of gold
Beyond the crystal sea;
About the angels singing,
And the old redemption story,
And some sweet day I’ll sing up there
The song of victory.

August 23, 2010

Lest I Forget Thy Love For Me, Lead Me To Calvary

Posted in Devotionals, Hymns / Songs / Lyrics, Prayer Request tagged , , , , , , , , , at 10:35 pm by Sarah Bosse

Sometimes I walk through some deep and dark valleys that probably only those who have walked the same paths could understand.  I can hardly say that I “understand” them; “familiar” may be a better word.  Despair, darkness, dryness, death.  That’s what resides in those valleys.

Yet there’s something else that resides there as well.  And it may take a while to dig down to hit that Bedrock, yet it exists.  How the Spirit of God could speak to me through the darkness is a mystery to me.  When I feel like I don’t even WANT God, He can break through my hardness and anger.  All glory to Him for that.

Through my most recent valley, the words that the Spirit keeps speaking to me are short and simple, yet full.  “Lest I Forget Thy Love For Me, Lead Me To Calvary”.  That’s it.  Yet it means so much.  There are at least two angles from which to view this phrase; how it illuminates our human condition, and how it gives glory to God’s perfect condition.

I’m forgetful, I’m lowly, unworthy, rebellious, sinful, debase, detestable.  I both CAN and DO forget my Savior’s love for me.  I CAN and DO get distracted by every thought and wave, sweeping and tossing me to and fro.  I CAN and DO get angry with God, my Creator, and the Lover of my soul.  Whether I’m in the mood to admit it or not, I need a Savior.  I need a Calvary.  I needed Him to die for me.  And I need to die to my sin.

From the perspective of God’s perfection and – glory be to God – His grace; I can also rejoice in the fact that He has provided all that I need and more.  He is humble, but holy.  He became my substitute and took the wrath that I deserve.  He loves me, regardless of what I think of myself and my human condition or circumstances.  What’s amazing is that He also LEADS me.  There’s no reason He should, but He chooses to.  Even when I want nothing to do with Him, nothing to do with life or living or fighting or or or…He’s there with open arms.  He’s both my Bedrock and my Comforter.

And this one line, of this old hymn my parents used to sing in harmony during our long car rides to Maine and back as a young child, came back to me and has pierced a shaft of light through what feels like unbearable gloom.

“Lest I Forget Thy Love For Me, Lead Me To Calvary”

Sometimes the lights are turned out and it’s so dark I can’t process Scripture; Scripture feels overwhelming.  But God’s Spirit is still with me in the deepest depths, and He speaks.  Just a few words.  And what He says that surpasses words is still understood.  The Spirit says, “This is what you are to pray right now; “Don’t let me forget Your Love, God!  Hold me!  And lead me by the hand to the place where You showed your great Love for me – take me to Your cross, so that I can smell the rough and splintered wood, see the blood that ran in a continuous stream from Your head to Your feet, still fresh, feel the tremors of the very earth below my feet on the day that You died as the earth quaked and the tombs of the dead were opened as the dead were raised, feel the strong and gusting wind pushing against my body as the sky darkens and the terrifying storm rolls in, causing the centurions to quake in their armor.  Its as if the foundations of all creation are about to come undone in testimony to Your divine love, all loves eternally excelling.  Satan is defeated and his roaring is silenced for a time as the heavens watch in awe, only to be deafened again by the rejoicing in heaven and loudest praise of all the heavenly hosts in chorus.  Lead me, God, to THIS Calvary.   The Calvary of Satan’s defeat and God’s victorious love, displayed as the greatest Sacrifice ever to be made.  Don’t let me forget this Calvary, this Savior, this Love.  Help me, Lord!”

Lead Me To Calvary

Words: Jennie E. Hussey, 1921     Music: Wil liam J. Kirk Patrick

King of my life, I crown Thee now,
Thine shall the glory be;
Lest I forget Thy thorn crowned brow,
Lead me to Calvary.
Refrain
Lest I forget Gethsemane,
Lest I forget Thine agony;
Lest I forget Thy love for me,
Lead me to Calvary.
Show me the tomb where Thou wast laid,
Tenderly mourned and wept;
Angels in robes of light arrayed
Guarded Thee whilst Thou slept.
Refrain
Let me like Mary, through the gloom,
Come with a gift to Thee;
Show to me now the empty tomb,
Lead me to Calvary.
Refrain
May I be willing, Lord, to bear
Daily my cross for Thee;
Even Thy cup of grief to share,
Thou hast borne all for me.
Refrain

April 11, 2010

No Shadows In Heaven

Posted in Devotionals, Hymns / Songs / Lyrics tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 8:50 pm by Sarah Bosse

Last week, I was working with a teenage girl on an art project in which she had to add shading to her drawing, and I explained to her how shadows work. To be able to draw a shadow properly, you must imagine the source of the light and the direction from which it emanates to determine the direction in which the shadow will be cast and the shadow’s length, width, and degree of darkness. Through simple observation we know that shadows change, however. But in a picture, a moment of time is captured and that shadow does not move or change.

This week, I was listening to several of my Sovereign Grace Music CD’s while driving in the car. One of the songs (“You Never Change”) had lyrics that said, “Father of lights, Giver of gifts. There is no shadow in You. … And You never change, and You never lie, Age to age You are the same. I will trust in You, all Your faithfulness, for I know You never change.” Another song (“The Glory of the Lamb”) has these lyrics: “A day is coming, coming soon, when we shall see Your face. And how our hearts are yearning for that outpouring of grace. When You take all the galaxies and roll them up like a scroll. When You make Heav’n and Earth anew and eternity unfolds. Then the glory of the Lamb will be all that we have longed to see, and we’ll praise Your splendor, majesty and might. There will be no darkness, be no night. We won’t need the sun or moon to shine. For the glory of the Lamb will be our light.”

As I was driving during a sunny afternoon, I was watching the shadows of the cars in front of me. I went under a bridge, and the shadow swept over my car briefly. Suddenly, all my thoughts about shadows during the last two weeks came together at that very moment and I thought aloud (a friend was riding with me in the car!), and with great excitement (in fact, I think I yelled by means of excitement…), “I DON’T THINK THERE WILL BE ANY SHADOWS IN HEAVEN!!” It came almost as a shock, but as I thought more about it and rolled the idea around in my small brain, it began to make more and more sense to me.

A shadow in a dark place is no longer called a shadow – it is just darkness. There is no darkness to be found in God, the Father of lights. God also never changes, and shadows change. The Bible does speak about God being the light of heaven and that there will be no need for the sun. In fact, there is no day and night in heaven – it is always bright. (Yea! – You should see how many lights I burn at night! In heaven, I won’t get a bill from Progress Energy for that!) For those of you who can’t sleep unless it is pitch dark, remember that you won’t be sleeping in heaven either! You won’t be tired! *Grinning!* Is it not possible, given the greatness of God’s glory and our inability to look at Him directly, that His glory would in fact fill every place and every space and give light in all directions so that no shadows could be cast? I believe it’s not only possible, but quite likely.

Anyways, I suppose this idea is something to consider when you think about heaven and the greatness and glory of God this week. In heaven, the shadows of the past are gone, and we will rejoice in the light of God’s truth and goodness.

April 7, 2010

The Star-Spangled Banner – By Francis Scott Key – Lyrics

Posted in Hymns / Songs / Lyrics tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 10:01 pm by Sarah Bosse

Have you ever read or sung all of the verses to The Star-Spangled Banner before? Well, courtesy of wikipedia.org, here they are:

Cover of sheet music for “The Star-Spangled Banner”, transcribed for piano by Ch. Voss, Philadelphia: G. Andre & Co., 1862

Oh say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the glass of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

What’s so interesting about this song? I points out the Christian origins of the United States of America. It is, in fact, our NATIONAL ANTHEM! It bristles and bustles with mention of God’s power and preservation. It speaks of God’s establishment of this nation.

“Blest with vict’ry and peace…”
Someone must do the blessing! It is God!
“…may the heav’n rescued land…”
Another reference to God’s sovereign control.
“Praise the power that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!”
And WHO is that POWER? God.
“Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just…”
And when it is not a just cause, God certainly has more than the right to tear our nation down from without or within. And I personally feel that our cause is commonly lacking justice these days.
“And this be our motto – “In God is our trust””
And the primary reason for this lack of justice is our nation’s lack of willingness to Trust in…much less RECOGNIZE…God.
“And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
I pray that it will continue to wave as long as America follows God’s commands. If we walk away from God, His wrath will be great and our nation will fall apart at the seams.

How many liberals would become enraged if they actually KNEW the last stanza of our nation’s anthem! But as an unpatriotic society, we have lost this once-common knowledge. Then again, perhaps it is better for the liberals to focus on taking “In God We Trust” off of their money so that the rest of us can secretly enjoy our national anthem untouched.

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