The Groom

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We’re gathered here, the bride of Christ,
Because The Groom has paid our price;
Our sins are gone from east to west,
Your gift to us, Your righteousness.

Our sins were nailed through tender hands,
We sin again, but Your love stands;
You know us well, our shameful ways,
You chose us still, and we’re amazed.

We turn away, but You embrace,
We can’t resist Your mercy and grace;
You first loved us, and drew us near,
Your perfect love dispels our fear.

Love everlasting,
Faithful You remain,
Love everlasting,
You remain unchanged.

We’re gathered here, the bride of Christ,
Because The Groom has paid our price;
He paid our price.

Behind the lines

Co-written with David Ennis, Drew Pearce, and Kevin Schultz.

And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the LORD.

“And in that day I will answer, declares the LORD,
I will answer the heavens,
and they shall answer the earth,
and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and they shall answer Jezreel,
and I will sow her for myself in the land.
And I will have mercy on No Mercy,
and I will say to Not My People, ‘You are my people’;
and he shall say, ‘You are my God.’”
(Hosea 2:19-23 ESV)

Man of Sorrows

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I’ve been hungry and alone,
Satan tempted me to sin,
Betrayed by a disciple,
And deserted by my friends.

I am a Man of Sorrows,
I’ve been acquainted with grief,
Falsely accused and sentenced,
To be crucified with thieves.

I understand great heartache,
I’ve experienced that pain,
Despised in my suffering,
I was spit upon in shame.

Forsaken by my Father,
He did not answer my cry,
My mother was looking on,
As the soldiers pierced my side.

I was beaten and bleeding,
Crushed for your iniquity,
The wounds I took brought healing,
Punishment to bring you peace.

I endured the Father’s wrath,
In anguish beyond degree,
But redeemed my beloved Bride,
Yes, I died to set you free.

Behind the lines

Romans 12:15 calls the Christian to weep with those who weep. Yet, we often cannot fully comprehend the grief of others affected by tragedy, abuse, illness, and the sudden and awful loss of life.

While we cannot fully sympathize with them, there is One who can and He is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Man of Sorrows and He alone can bring true healing. He has overcome evil and the grave with His first coming, and will one day come again to forever banish all evil, all suffering, all death, and all tears. To that we say, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

Meanwhile, Romans 12:9-21 also calls us to let our love be genuine and to abhor evil and hold fast to what is good. May we love one another with brotherly affection. May we rejoice in the hope we have in Christ, have patience in tribulation, and be constant in prayer. May we share the good news of Christ with others so they too can see evil and goodness through the lens of the cross.

He was despised and rejected by men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
smitten by God, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds 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 (Isaiah 53:3-6 ESV).

Other verses: Matthew 27:27-30, Mark 15:34, John 19:26-27

Fiercer than Fire

(Song of Solomon 8:6-7, Deuteronomy 4:23-24, Ephesians 1:13-14)

There is no love like Yours, O Lord,
Your love is fiercer than fire,
Jealous flames flash from Your breath,
Your love is stronger than death.

Yes, I am yours and You are mine,
You bought me with Your own life,
Death will never tear us apart,  
For Your seal is on my heart.

Own my heart, O Lord, own my heart,
No other and no wealth,
Let there be nothing else.

Your love is fiercer than fire,
No waters can quench Your love,
Your love is fiercer than fire,
Your love, O Lord,
Your love is fiercer than fire.

You are Love, O Lord, You are Love,
Death’s river cannot sweep it away,
You are Love, O Lord, You are Love,
You are Love.

Behind the lyrics

I recently read through the Song of Solomon (and had fun citing some of the lines to my wife over breakfast). One of the passages that really struck me in this love story was a short hymn to love spoken by the bride (8:6-7).

This continues my recent theme of the Bride of Christ (see Longing).  My favorite line is “for love is strong as death” for we know Christ died for us in love and then conquered death.  Death and dying is such a strong negative emotion, but His love is greater. His love is stronger than death.

Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm,
for love is strong as death,
jealousy is fierce as the grave.

Its flashes are flashes of fire,
the very flame of the LORD.
Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.

If a man offered for love
all the wealth of his house,
he would be utterly despised.
(Song of Solomon 8:6-7 ESV)

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