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He is on our side

i don't know if i share song lyrics too much on here.. oh well, it's my blog :) anyway, i stumbled upon this Bethany Dillon song a few weeks ago called "You Are on Our Side":

e 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
how poignant are those 
lyrics? i mean, the fact that she uses the "w" word... you have to listen to it below. it's 
such a message of hope. of love. undeserved but lavished none-the-less. He really could have "left us here to die" in our sin, but He didn't. He came here to earth to be part of it all. to atone for our sins [past, present, and future] through his death and resurrection... and, because even that was not 
enough to demonstrate His unfailing and incomprehensible Love:

He came to preach good news to the poor.
to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair. [from Isaiah 61]

to forgive all your sins
heal all your diseases,
redeem your life from the pit
and crown you with love and compassion,
satisfy your desires with good things 
[from Psalm 103, one of my favorite passages. please go read the whole thing]

He doesn't have to do any of that. but He loves us too much not to. and He beckons us to drink of the fullness that His grace offers. these are just a few of the many things that are waiting, if we would just come. softly and tenderly, Jesus is calling...


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