So there I was this afternoon, stuck in rush-hour traffic on the 101 Freeway commuting home from another fun-filled trip to the LA Zoo with my precious son; but my heart was before the throne of grace worshiping our risen Savior, largely due in part to the amazing lyrics of the following song, which I had blaring from my speakers set on the “reapeat” mode as I drove:
“Lord, let me long for that heavenly shore,
though wonders fill this world there awaits much more;
Oh, Lord, let it seem closer than a distant dream,
and make my heart pine for that fair land like n’er before.
God, grant me faith to trust Your perfect plan,
Till You finally complete in me the work that You began;
Oh, God, guide my feet till I walk on golden streets,
On this narrow path ahead that leads me to Your Promise Land.
Father, fix my eyes to see beyond my home,
For my fortune and my comfort weigh me down like heavy stones;
Oh, Father, strip from me all but breath and love for Thee,
So all that is within me will depend on You alone.
Jesus, join Your church both in spirit and in mind,
Let her always bring You joy as Your pure and faithful bride;
Oh, Jesus, may You be Savior, Lord, and coming King,
In our lives as we share Your glorious Gospel to mankind.”
Praise the Lord for giving musicians the ability to compose such Bible-fed lyrics, put them to melody, and aid our hearts in the worship of our great God!
(For a sample of this song, google “The Longing” by Enfield.)