J. & the Talents – Save Yourself

Here’s the newest song I wrote. I kind of wrote it as a story about having a conversation with God, asking Him the age-old question of how exactly can we reach salvation. I’ll put the lyrics below the video, so you can dissect the lyrics if you want. Let me know what you think!

Verse 1

When will the rain come extinguish the flame

When will the wind come blow our pains away

Old man sits by my side, says don’t you worry my son

Got a cure for the lonely, broken hearted one

Chorus

Said don’t you try to save yourself (x4)

My boy now don’t you try

Verse 2

The man said to heed his word, and follow all he told

Told a cure for the broken, said to save your soul

Said to quit chasing perfection, in a try to outrun shame

Quit judging your brother, start loving all the same

Chorus

Verse 3

We all chase perfection, when it’s given free of charge

Unwilling to accept it, till we see the scars

Those holes left in His hands, the thorns upon his head

His ransom for true freedom, carpenter three days dead

Bridge

But if I try, and if I fail

If I find that I’m unable

Can I fall down on my face

Praise you for your unearned grace

Chorus 2

I can’t try to save myself (x4)

My God now won’t You try

( © Joel Helenbolt)

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J. & the Talents – The Chase

This is a song I wrote about a week ago, called The Chase. It’s about how we as humans so often try to run away and hide from God, and live life according to our own terms, yet realize that God never stops chasing after us, even in our brokenness and denial. He is the god who loves us enough to repair us, but ultimately the choice is up to us if we accept His repair or not. The lyrics are posted below, and I hope you like it.

Can this mercy unearth me, a puddle wash me clean

Can this world see my stains I’ve hidden underneath?

You are the God who sees all things, I hope you don’t see everything

I’m but a soul with reason to run, You chase me with your mercy

Chorus

I’m running away, but you won’t stop

I fall to my knees, Caught in your love, My God

I feel your grace pursue me, yet I hide from you

If I can’t face my own fears, then how can I face you

Why do you cahse a broken soul as it runs from loving you

Chorus

Chorus 2

You took my shame, you healed my pain

What did I do to deserve this love, Oh God

Outro

Lord, let your mercy unearth me, your grace wash me clean

(© Joel Helenbolt)