2/19/2010

On Our Side

Bethany Dillon's Album Waking Up

Do you ever have a song you just can't quit listening to? It's on your playlist of maybe the 10 songs you can't get enough of, and they're all AMAZING songs, but every time this song ends you have to start it over, no matter how great the next one was? It's like the second the music switches to a different cadence you feel like your very soul is being thrown off kilter?

I hope I'm not alone in this. Music is a deep thing for me, so perhaps I'm sounding crazy to you right now. Either way, you just have to listen to this song. I have long loved it, but it's made a recent roaring comeback in my life and I can't stop listening to it. It's good and emotional and sweeping, replete with amazing lyrics, heartbreakingly beautiful vocals, and an almost haunting instrumental melody.

I ache to be able to write songs like this; if I never do, praise God that others do and I get to enjoy them.





You Are On Our Side, Bethany Dillon

The orphan clings to Your hand
Singing the song of how he was found
The widow rejoices
For her oppressors are silenced now

You sit at the table with the wounded and the poor
You laugh and share stories with the thief and the whore
When You could just be silent and leave us here to die
Still, You sent Your Son for us
You are on our side

The runaway falls at Your feet
You are what he has searched for
The rich man is broken
When he stands beneath a sky full of stars

You sit at the table with the wounded and the poor
You laugh and share stories with the thief and the whore
When You could just be silent and leave us here to die
Still, You sent Your Son for us
You are on our side

You sit at the table with the wounded and the poor
You laugh and share stories with the thief and the whore
When You could just be silent and leave us here to die
Still, You sent Your Son for us
You are on our side

Still, You sent Your Son for us
You are on our side

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I can't quit thinking about Jesus, sitting at a table including two people known simply as "the thief" and "the whore" who have been cast out by society and defined by their actions, him rejoicing in them delighting in being defined by who he is. I see him laughing, telling stories and communing with them. What a poignant picture of what it is to be saved by Jesus and no longer be the sum of my faults.

What about the rich man, living his life for amassing stuff, crumbling to his knees when he stands outside on a clear night and realizes the majesty of God simply by staring into a sky of endless stars? 

This slays me. I am often that rich man. Still, Jesus died for me and he is on my side. Like I said, I can't get enough of this song. Every time it ends I think it's time to move on to something else but then I just can't.

Still, you sent your son for us.
You are on our side.

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