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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Greatest of These (That Hideous Strength)

  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.
(Song of Solomon 8:6 ESV)

 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Romans 8:38-39 ESV)

Some mismanage it
Manhandle and then abandon it
Left for dead under the overpass
After it’s been bruised up and damaged
Highly disregarded and discarded with ease
Unknown to the world, yet still, it’s the greatest of these

Still looking for answers while we put a band-aid on our cancer
It patiently waits in the dark; on the ready with the brightest of lanterns
Ready to guide us through the blinding mire of hostility
With the smoldering flame of an uncommon humility
Men say that they’d give up the world just to possess it
Only to rent it out for a meager profit, then strip it down and redress it
Even refusing to call it by its name –
Because it only responds to the truth
And they just want to defame it…

Punched, kicked, held in contempt and battered
But in spite of swollen eyes, its gaze is fixed
As if none of it matters
Never raises its voice to try to plead its case…
It carries on ‘til the end
Even if forever is however long that it takes

Pain is not the pleasure, but services as the vessel
Takes it to the final destination
Delivering the greater message
Delivered without measure – digging up the buried treasure
Hidden under the weight humanity’s mess
A task that no other could dare endeavor

To hell and back -
When we refused to bleed, it bled for us
Got stabbed in the robbery and still took on the death sentence
Parted the head of the warden and beat a path back up from the bottom
Set the captives free when it flooded their prison cells with that living water
Instead of coveting lust, it holds a covenant up in front of us
Reflects the beauty of its purity and shows us truly wonderful
Faith unwavering and a hope assured that never expires
Its power never ceases even after the world that we know is retired

Not to be confused with seductive bedroom eyes
Pursuit of the one night stand or catching a glimpse of her thighs
A strong back to hold onto while you’re lying in bed
Or lies that he’ll wanna tell so that you’ll open your legs
Sex out of context is only there for a moment
And involves giving up your ghost to someone who doesn’t own it
Less than and three may put a heart on your screen
But it’ll never give you a love that’s greater than these

When I’m worse it makes me better
When I wanna quit, it tells me, “never”
When I can’t stand, it keeps me movin’
When I fall apart, it holds me together
It reminds me that I’m cherished
And that I’ll never ever be severed
Forgives all of my inadequacy
And never lets me for get it

When I start to believe that redemption is completely impossible
It lifts up my heavy head through the grace of the Gospel
The same that gave sight to blind men and dead men life
Is the same that can take a whore and turn her into a wife
No matter how promiscuous, this thing is so relentless
It pursues to the end and will have your beggin’ for forgiveness
Yes, there’s only one thing that can remove our stain and our stench…

Love is stronger than death; such a hideous strength.

 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV)
 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.
(1 John 4:18-19 ESV)

Soli Deo Gloria,

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