But I do like music and have a tremendous appreciation for certain lyrics. So what's the difference? Why do I shy away from poetry?
I have been thinking about the song lyrics that have influenced me through the years. I can still remember songs from our Church choir from when I was seven. Right now, I am becoming more aquainted with Charles Wesley hymns. Two BIG favorites, "And can it be?" and "Arise, my soul, arise"
Arise, my soul, arise; shake off thy guilty fears;The bleeding sacrifice in my behalf appears:Before the throne my surety stands,Before the throne my surety stands,My name is written on His hands.
He ever lives above, for me to intercede;His all redeeming love, His precious blood, to plead:His blood atoned for all our race,His blood atoned for all our race,And sprinkles now the throne of grace.
Five bleeding wounds He bears; received on Calvary;They pour effectual prayers; they strongly plead for me:“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,“Forgive him, O forgive,” they cry,“Nor let that ransomed sinner die!”
The Father hears Him pray, His dear anointed One;He cannot turn away, the presence of His Son;His Spirit answers to the blood,His Spirit answers to the blood,And tells me I am born of God.
My God is reconciled; His pardoning voice I hear;He owns me for His child; I can no longer fear:With confidence I now draw nigh,With confidence I now draw nigh,And “Father, Abba, Father,” cry
There are several more verses and I love them all. This song is recorded by the John Marshall Family. I get goosebumps everytime I hear it. The Preacher doesn't even understand all the lyrics, and he gets goosebumps. (The Preacher speaks ESL)
Blessings and Joy,