Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Music and motorcycles

I just got back from a long motorcycle ride today, and wanted to share part of it with you. I was driving from Green Bay to Waxhaw, so I had a lot of time on my hands. About an hour into the first day of the trip, the song "I Stand Amazed in the Presence" started going through my head. At first I just sang it thoughtlessly, but then I started actually thinking about the words. What a powerful song! If you don't know how it goes, I'll post the lyrics at the end of the post. I broke down crying, there on my bike speeding down the interstate. The Lord is truly amazing; his grace, his love, his forgiveness, his patience are beyond all human understanding. What a humbling and at the same time uplifting song!

While music is by no means a necessary part of worshiping God, in my life it is one of the most powerful ways for me to get in touch with Him. A good song I can feel all the way down to my bones, and it'll send a shiver up my spine. What an amazing God that has given some people such creative talent and such a deep relationship with Jesus that they can produce such moving and powerful music.

If you have the time, read through the lyrics, even if you know the song, and really think about them. What an incredible sacrifice Christ made for us, and what an awesome future He has bought for us with his life. All our sins, all our pain, all our past... washed away by His blood. Incredible. The version of the song I have on my computer is by Chris Tomlin off the album "Passion: Everything Glorious." If you've never heard the song and can spare 99 cents, it's available on iTunes, or probably any other music store site, or you could just buy the whole album. Worship music is awesome!

I stand amazed in the presence

Of Jesus the Nazarene

And wonder how he could love me,
A sinner, condemned unclean

Singing, how marvelous, how wonderful
And my song shall ever be:
How marvelous, how wonderful
Is my Savior's love for me

He took my sins and my sorrows

He made them His very own

He bore the burden to Calvary

And suffered and died alone


When I'm ransomed in glory

His face I at last shall see

It will be my joy through the ages

To sing of His love for me


Update: changed the artist and album of the version of the song I have... I wasn't at my computer at the time and remembered wrong.

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