Thursday, February 12, 2009

Returning Prodigals

Today I want to share with you a passage of Scripture--from Luke 15--and also highlight a few songs that relate to the passage in a meaningful and significant way (at least to me).
The Prodigal Son
And He said, "A man had two sons. "The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me ' So he divided his wealth between them. "And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. "Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished. "So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. "And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him."But when he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! 'I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men."'
"So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him."And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.'"But the father said to his slaves, 'Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.' And they began to celebrate. "Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. "And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things could be."And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.' "But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him. "But he answered and said to his father, 'Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends; but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.'"And he said to him, 'Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. 'But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.'"
Luke 15:11-32

This story, of course, has always been one of my favorites. And I've always been fond of songs that fit this theme. One of the first I'd like to highlight is "When God Ran" by Benny Hester. If this artist is remembered for anything...it would be this song. Of course that's an if I know. You hardly hear mention of him anymore. But he was one of my favorites. Probably my first favorite artist. And this song, this song was mine. Oh, how I loved it!

When God Ran
Benny Hester

Almighty God,
The Great I Am
Immoveable Rock,
Omnipotent powerful

Awesome Lord,
Victorious Warrior
Mighty Conquerer,
Commanding King of Kings
And the only time,
the only time I ever saw Him run
Was when

He ran to me,
Took me in His arms, held my head to His chest
And said "My son's come home again".
Looked in my face, wiped the tears from my eyes
With forgiveness in His voice
He said "Son, do you know I still love you?"

It caught me by surprise when God ran

The day I left Home,
I knew I'd broken His heart
I wondered if
Things would ever be the same,

Then one night,
I remembered His love for me
And down that dusty road, ahead I could see
It was the only time,
the only time I ever saw Him run

Was when He ran to me,
Took me in His arms, held my head to His chest
And said "My son's come home again".
Looked in my face, wiped the tears from my eyes
With forgiveness in His voice
He said "Son, do you know I still love you?"

It caught me by surprise, It dropped me to my knees
When God ran

Bridge
Holy God, Righteous One
Who turned my way
Now I know, You've been waiting
For this day

{Interlude}

{Repeat Chorus}
I won't print the full songs of all the songs I'm highlighting. But with this one, I can't resist.

The next song I'd like to highlight is "Come Home Running" by Chris Tomlin.

Then there is Mystery of Mercy by Caedmon's Call. This one in particular is so rooted to Scripture that it is just an amazing testimony. A powerful song that moves me every time.

This last one that I'll share with you today is "Daddy's Song" by Dennis Jernigan.


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3 comments:

Amy said...

I love Mystery of Mercy!

MissDaisyAnne said...

Thank you for the birthday wish!
I changed up my blog a little, what do you think?

Soozie4Him said...

"When God Ran" is one of my favorites as well!! I'll have to listen to the others - thanks for introducing us to some good music!

Susan
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