Thursday, March 2, 2017

Worlds Apart by Jars of Clay- Lenten Reflection and Worship




I love this song and how you can feel the angst the artist carries at having caused Jesus pain through sin. And the awe over His immense love and sacrifice for us.

To not want to be another nail in His skin and wishing he could take away his personal wrongs that caused His blood to shed.

He loved us enough to die for us. But too often it's so easy to "look beyond the empty cross, forgetting what our lives have cost."

That's why Lent, as painful as it is, is so important. To remember that Jesus died to give us life. To reflect and repent. To pray with all our might for Him to "take our world apart."

I see that as meaning to keep us from falling in line with the ways of the world and going along with what the world tells us is right and wrong.

Instead, I want to be "worlds apart" from the world. To have Him wash me clean of every sin this world tempts us with- selfishness, pride, and "all the things I cannot hide." To take my sin-soaked heart and make it His.

All I am for all He is. Forever.

Thank You, Jesus.

Lyrics:

I am the only one to blame for this
Somehow it all ends up the same
Soaring on the wings of selfish pride
I flew too high and like Icarus
I collide

With a world I try so hard
To leave behind


To rid myself of all but love
To give and die

To turn away and not become
Another nail to pierce
The skin of one who loves
More deeply than the ocean
More abundant than the tears
Of a world embracing every heartache

Can I be the one to sacrifice
Or grip the spear and watch
The blood and water flow

To love you, take my world apart
To need you, I am on my knees
To love you, take my world apart
To need you, broken on my knees

All said and done I stand alone
Amongst the remains of life I should not own
It takes all I am to believe
In the mercy that covers me

Did you really have to die for me?
All I am for all you are
Because what I need
And what I believe
Are worlds apart
And I pray

On my knees

I look beyond the empty cross
Forgetting what my life has cost
And wipe away the crimson stains
And dull the nails that still remains
More and more I need you now
I owe you more each passing hour
Battle between grace and pride
I gave up not so long ago
So steal my heart and take the pain
Wash the feet and cleanse my pride
Take the selfish, take the weak
And all the things I cannot hide
Take the beauty, take my tears
The sin-soaked heart and make it yours
Take my world all apart
Take it now, take it now
And serve the ones that I despise
Speak the words I can't deny
Watch the world I used to love
Fall to dust and thrown away
I look beyond the empty cross
Forgetting what my life has cost
Wipe away the crimson stains
And dull the nails that still remain
So steal my heart and take my pain
Take the selfish, take the weak
And all the things I cannot hide
Take the beauty, take my tears
Take my world apart, take my world apart
I pray, and I pray, and I pray
Take my world apart
Worlds apart
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