lessons from songs #7

21 Mar

sunday mornings have been rough in my neck of the woods the past few weeks. i work at a church so sunday is “gameday”. I lead and sometimes teach children’s worship so every week there is a new game, a new story or something to plan and organize. i often feel like i am flying by the seat of my pants. this morning was no different.

i was struggling with my pride this morning and just did not feel like i was in the right frame of mind to lead anyone – especially little kids – in worship. On this particular morning we were talking about the Christ’s crucifixion. i was sitting there listening to this story that i have heard so many times. Once the story was over we sang “At the Cross.” I’ve heard this song probably every easter i’ve been alive but as the Lord has does so often He spoke to me through this song. the chorus really pierced my heart this morning.

  1. Alas! and did my Savior bleed
    And did my Sov’reign die?
    Would He devote that sacred head
    For such a worm as I?

    • Refrain:
      At the cross, at the cross where I first saw the light,
      And the burden of my heart rolled away,
      It was there by faith I received my sight,
      And now I am happy all the day!
  2. Thy body slain, sweet Jesus, Thine—
    And bathed in its own blood—
    While the firm mark of wrath divine,
    His soul in anguish stood.
  3. Was it for crimes that I had done
    He groaned upon the tree?
    Amazing pity! grace unknown!
    And love beyond degree!
  4. Well might the sun in darkness hide
    And shut his glories in,
    When Christ, the mighty Maker died,
    For man the creature’s sin.
  5. Thus might I hide my blushing face
    While His dear cross appears,
    Dissolve my heart in thankfulness,
    And melt my eyes to tears.
  6. But drops of grief can ne’er repay
    The debt of love I owe:
    Here, Lord, I give myself away,
    ’Tis all that I can do.
The line “where the burden of my heart rolled away” really moved me. i was frustrated and my heart was heavy. i didn’t like what had taken place earlier that morning and didn’t like what my heart was feeling. But at the cross i can come, at the cross, AMAZING PITY, GRACE UNKNOWN, LOVE BEYOND DEGREE! It’s overwhelming that a worm such as I can come and be forgiven of my pride, of my sin, of my rebellion. forgiven. justified.
Thus might I hide my blushing face, While His dear cross appears, Dissolve my heart in thankfulness, And melt my eyes to tears.
Lord dissolve my heart in thankfulness everyday so i may see your AMAZING GRACE for me and show that grace to others.
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