Revelation 22:3 was in my @youversion reading plan today. It reads, “and there will no longer be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will worship him.”
That first phrase jumped off the page. So I spent much of the day working on lyrics to a song entitled “The Curse Will Be Over.”
Today is the same, same as the rest
Knowing it’s closer than it’s ever been before
My heart knows you’re there preparing the best
To give me the joy of meeting you when I walk through the door
The curse will be over
My eyes will behold you
The lamb who was slain, the risen one
I’ll sing to proclaim your worth
I’ll finally be home
And the curse will be over
The garden was where this curse was begun
The bitten lie pierced my soul, ushered in shame
You said, “I’m not done.” You sent down your son.
I’ve bowed my knees, said please forgive me. I come bearing his name.
Over, death and the grave
Over, disease and pain
Over, darkness and shame
Over, temptation and blame
Over, hatred and war
Over, betrayal and hurt
Over, anger and fear
Over, apart from you
Over, it will be over
Sin’s curse will be over
(Lyrics to a song inspired by Joshua 4:24)
With each sunrise you refill me
To recount the hope that I see
Looking back to claim your promise
All my words proclaim your goodness
This is so
All may know that You are God
This is so
I may always fear You, Lord
Write it on my heart
Remind me who you are
May I not forget
This is so
Waves behind me tell your story
Ever lifting all your glory
Here’s my song to join in raising
Yours alone the name worth praising
In your presence I’m made holy
By your strength I’m standing only
There seems to be an awakening. Some see it. Others are trying.
The awakening is to who we are. And the recurring descriptor is “Broken.”
Those who see it aren’t loathing about it, much like the enemy would want.
Others are allowing him to tattoo “Damaged Goods” on their minds and souls.
Yes, it’s true. We’re all broken. God knew that the minute he breathed life into our lungs.
Yet, it may take experiencing brokenness to see our reflection.
In that moment when we see the imperfections, the scars, or the quirks, we have a choice. Whose voice will we believe?
The enemy cries, “You’re worthless. Done. Pitiful. Useless. Ugly. Undesirable. Lost Forever. Unlovable.” On and on he goes.
Our Creator whispers, “I created you. You have eternal purpose. I love you unconditionally. Your scars are beautiful to me.” On and on he counters.
In their song “Scars,” I Am They sing about this truth. They declare that their eyes have been opened by their deepest pain, the brokenness that brought them back to their Creator. Instead of hating their scars, they say they are thankful for them because they now stand in confidence, they are not who they were before, and they can tell a story of God’s faithfulness and deliverance.
When you sing about your brokenness, what are the lyrics? Whose cries or whispers do you share?
Reading this quote from The Critical Journey posed another question:
Usually people at this stage have been given a personal creed from God that guides their lives…a daily empowerment at a practical spiritual level…simple, intimate, and can extend to all people. Examples include: All will be well; God is enough; Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind; Be still and know that I am God; All is gift. (p. 210)
The question to me then was, what is my personal creed? My answer came quickly. My creed is an adaptation to the end of the Lord’s Prayer that I gleaned from reading a book on prayer. The creed is “Your will be done in my life as it is in heaven.”
Reading this quote again and writing down my creed, another thought occurred to me. Creeds certainly can come from Scripture, but it seems they could also come from songs that are scripture based. Lyrics are powerful and certainly can carry a person through a stage of life. So to further exemplify creeds, here are some of my “lyric creeds”:
- “I want no regrets when the horses come for me.” -Margaret Becker
- “Me without You is a lie.” -Avalon
- “It’s your breath in my lungs…great are you, Lord.” -All Sons and Daughters
- “I’m in awe of you…I owe all to you.” -Chris Tomlin
- “You’re my hope.” -Danny Gokey
- “My soul will sing your praise unending.” -Matt Redman
- “Here I am, knees to the earth, here I am.” -Watermark
- “I am a child of God.” -Bethel Music
- “Be my heart’s obsession, first and only in my life. In your love alone my soul is satisfied.” -Elevation Worship
What are your scripture and/or lyric creeds?