Music for Lent – Deliver Me From Me

March 26, 2014

I found myself thinking of this song from Margaret Becker when I woke up this morning. It’s a good Lenten prayer, a heart-cry for deliverance and greater freedom in Christ.

I’m so aware of my sin and the weakness of my flesh right now. I’m so longing for the day when I will be blameless, spotless and pure to stand before the Father. Thanks be to God, through Christ’s sacrifice and God’s grace to me and through faith in Jesus, the Father sees Christ’s righteousness in me NOW! He no longer counts my sin against me. But I’m still all too aware of it, and cry out for deliverance and purification and greater freedom to die to myself and be transformed, to live as a new creation in Christ….

Anyway, here are the lyrics to the song:

I was just about to tell You
What I’m sure You already know
How my throat is tight with crying
Yet my soul is arctic blue

‘Cause I’ve seen some tears that didn’t move me
Whispered words I didn’t mean
Held back all my love for anger
Grown so weak in all these things
So in all these things

Deliver me from me
And deliver me to You
Come and set me free
Come and find me tried and true
Come on now
Deliver me from me

I was just about to run away
As far as far could go
When I recognized the cruelest captors
Living right inside my soul

And I can’t escape their endless movements
Cannot shed them like a skin
Can’t control all these emotions
Cannot live while they’re within
So in all these things

Bridge:  And now I’m falling, falling
‘Cause there’s nowhere else that I can go
Dreaming of Your arms of mercy
They are soft as the new winter snow

Deliver me from me
And deliver me to You
Come and set me free
Find me tried and true
Come on now, come on now
Deliver me, deliver me from me

Songwriters:  BECKER/SCHOTT

The song is from Margaret Becker’s 1998 album Falling Forward

Psalm 81:11-16

March 26, 2014

“But my people would not heed my voice, and Israel would have none of me. (Psalm 81:11)
      Father, large parts of the Episcopal Church and its leadership have rejected you and gone after the gods of this world. Have mercy on us.

So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, to walk in their own counsels. (Psalm 81:12)
      Holy Spirit, please help us repent of our hardness of heart and of going our own way.

“Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways! (Psalm 81:13)
      Jesus, even now at this late hour, help us listen to you and return to your ways.

I would soon subdue their enemies, and turn my hand against their adversaries. (Psalm 81:14)
      Father, turn your hand against the adversaries of apostolic truth and faith, both within and without the church.

The haters of the LORD would pretend submission to him, but their fate would endure forever. (Psalm 81:15)
      Have mercy on us who struggle daily with temptation and sin.

He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat; and with honey from the rock I would have satisfied you.” (Psalm 81:16)
      LORD, feed us with bread from heaven and quench our thirst with living water. Help us to be satisfied with your provision for us. Thank you.

A word received (02/08/2006): I am the rock and their sweetness is drinking deeply of me.

Wednesday: 119:97-120 * 81, 82; Gen. 45:16-28: 1 Cor. 8:1-13: Mark 6:13-29
Thursday: [83] or 42,43 * 85, 86; Gen. 46:1-7,28-34: 1 Cor. 9:1-15: Mark 6:30-46

Albany Intercessor

Ebola virus

March 26, 2014

Epidemic in Guinea and Liberia.

Numbers 16:47-48 (NKJV)
Then Aaron took it as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the assembly; and already the plague had begun among the people. So he put in the incense and made atonement for the people. And he stood between the dead and the living; so the plague was stopped.

Our Father in heaven,
Jesus has made atonement for the people in Guinea and Liberia.

Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

We cry out for Jesus to stand between the living and the dead and stop this plague.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Amen.

Hat tip: T19

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