Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Sentence They Have Passed Upon Themselves

One of the (only two) Christian albums I ever listen to...

A mighty storm is rising
A darkness in the land
But surely this must be a light
To those who understand
That all the prisoners of this Hope
Are about to be set free
As in one lightning moment
A familiar face at last they see

(Chorus:)
Who can abide the Day of His Coming?
Who can withstand the final Call?
If you do not stand by faith
You will not stand at all
You will not stand at all

The Valley of Decision
Begins to overflow
With some confused, bewildered
And some who seem to know
That this sad separation
Was their choice so they can tell
He simply speaks the sentence
That they have passed upon themselves

(Chorus)

Surely this must be our God
Behold the One we trusted in
He has come at last to save us
He has forgotten all our sin

(Chorus)

I like this song of Michael Card – probably because it reminds me of Handel’s “Messiah”: the Bass Air “But who may abide the day of his coming” followed by the Chorus “ And he shall purify”.

But Michael Card’s song has its own virtues. I especially like the second verse. That line “He simply speaks the sentence that they have passed upon themselves” sums up what Jesus told Nicodemus (in John 3) so perfectly.

2 comments:

Willardsdaughter said...

Wait a minute, I'm trying to understand this - you only listen to 2 (two) Christian albums?!? What's the other one? And - why? (Actually I pretty much center on Michael Card and Messiah myself . . . )

Laurie (and John) Elliot said...

Oh dear... you caught me. I meant to change that before I shocked everyone but then I got busy.

I'd just rather sing myself! :-)

The other album on my walkman is John Michael and Terry Talbot's "No Longer Strangers."