Praise to You
Not so long ago while in high school, I was choir president for a short while. Yup, I was the choir guy. But even before then in junior high, I was appointed co-choir director for the Sunday evening youth choir at my church. Let’s be real…
“Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” These are the words that mark the beginning of the forty days of Lent as ashes are crossed on our foreheads. We remember that we are subject to sin and death, that The Cross is our cross. Everyday we walk toward our earthly death. But for the mercy of God, this is our fate. We need mercy. We need forgiveness. We need a Savior.
The heavy realities of our human condition call us to penitence, and we believe in a God who hears the cry of the poor. Though we’ve all fallen short of the glory of God, we’re tempted to never ask for mercy. On one extreme, we’re too proud to acknowledge our own failures; on the other, we despair that we’re too far gone for God to love us. In this desert and at the hour of our death, our Savior is present, begging us to respond, inviting us to ask Him to “remember me.”
This collection of songs enters deeply into the heart of penitence. Modern Christian music often seems to shy away from any hint of desolation, or to ignore it altogether. Ignorance of desolation is ultimately ignorance of The Cross. We want to cry out like the Psalmist, to acknowledge our sin, and to beg for mercy from the one who can save us.
“Have mercy on me, God, in accord with your merciful love; in your abundant compassion blot out my transgressions. Thoroughly wash away my guilt; and from my sin cleanse me.” - King David
Lord Have Mercy
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Were You There
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