Friday, January 16, 2009

I was a wicked one

This song really illustrates the glory of the gospel.

Empire by As Cities Burn

And I was a middle son,
between two wayward ones.
I was more deserving of my parents love.

I had an angels smile,
hiding a vultures bite.
I had no use for your redeeming blood.

Aren't I glory, glorious?

Glory, glorious.
Aren't we glory, glorious?
Aren't we worthy, worthy of hearts at our feet?

Cause I was a pharisee,
I never saw my need for grace;
Then your love came to me
stood next to mine, and I saw that I was poor.

Show me I was poor.
Show us we are,
show us we are.

Glory, glorious.
We are glory, glorious.
Not from what good we have done
but from being the least. [x2]

Glory, glorious.
Oh, I don't know how I was made.

My heaven tower sways atop their fleeting praise.
God, I don't know how I was made.

Glory, glorious.
Are we glory, glorious?
Are we worthy, worthy of hearts at our feet?
Glory, glorious.
We are glory, glorious
not from what we've done,
but being the least.

I was a wicked one.


This song makes me want to cry every time I hear it or read the lyrics, for this is really the mindset of all of us before we are saved.

It's not the best song musically, but the excellent lyrics definitely outweigh the poor music.

I thought of this because of the preach-o-rama, which was tonight, and was excellent.

I still haven't /really/ started class at CP... we haven't even finished introductions in my English class yet. =)


BJ said...

thats a cool song lyric wise. I haven't actually heard the song =P
but.. yeah those are some awesome lyrics.

Emily said...

Wow, what interesting lyrics. Very good. I think these lyrics could really be life changing for someone who's not yet saved. How true they are.

I've never heard this song, but I know what you mean. Sometimes there are songs that are not that amazing musically, but the lyrics are so good. The lyrics are what /really/ matter...I have to remind myself of that often.

I wish I could have been there. Everyone said it was great!

Wesley said...

Yes. When I first heard this song, I was like, "whoa." Just, "whoa." The music grows on you, though.

The preach-o-rama was excellent, actually. If you can find a recording of it, you should definitely listen to it.

Anonymous said...

I love that song..

And I disagree in saying that the lyrics are necessarily more important then the music. God has used mere instrumental music to move me in so many ways.
It's lovely.
And if a song has great lyrics but insipid music, lacking any originality, I'm not moved so much to worship.
I suppose it's different for people's personalities however.

-Stephanie Y.

Wesley said...

Well I agree with you on that, Stephanie. If the music is terrible, or just boring, I can't worship through it. If the music is /ok/, as in this song, and the lyrics are amazing, I can still worship.

But, yes, it definitely is different for different people.

Emily said...

Good point. I guess that is somewhat true for myself too.

I'm just saying that sometimes, I find myself not being satisfied with Christian music because nothing sounds original and instead I want to listen to some music with not-so-good lyrics. So, I have to look at my motivations for music and check my heart. Because, to me, it seems like the words are what are important to God.

But, I'm definietly not trying to be self-righteous or condemn anyone who doesn't agree with me.

Does that make sense?

Wesley said...

Yes, that made perfect sense. It seems like we all go over this whole thing pretty often... "The lyrics or the music, the music or the lyrics?..." =)

Emily said...

yeahhh, sorry about that. :/

Wesley said...

Haha, it's not a problem. It just shows that we haven't really made up our minds just yet. =)

Anonymous said...

I've always been a "music" person, since I was very young.
My mother has always been a "lyrics" person.

Yet we get along alright. ^_^ Again, I think in this case it is quite relative. God has even used "secular" songs to move me to praise him, just because the music was so lovely.
I doubt he really cares, so long as our heart is in the right place, and we focus our eyes in him. I just find it amazing that he even uses that made by those who oppose him for his own glory. He's just that glorious.


Emily said...

neat thoughts, Stephanie! That puts a different angle on it.