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)

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STRIP ME OF MYSELF

Lord, strip me of myself

and clothe me in you.

For I recognize the extent of my wisdom,

and how foolish it is to You.

For the only way to gain in my wisdom

is to completely surrender it

And to identify only in the wisdom of you.

In my own plan, I wander,

Yet in Yours, I can walk straight.

For you are my compass; my bearing,

And only You can light my way.

As I stumble out of the darkness,

You enable me to stand upright

And chase after the sun.

So if anyone looks towards me,

They are overwhelmed by your brightness.

GOD I CALL TO YOU (by Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

I read this today in my quiet time, out of I Want to Live These Days With You, a devotional by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

God, I call to you in the early morning;
help me pray and gather my thoughts;
I cannot do it alone.

In me it is dark, but with you there is light.
I am lonely, but you do not leave me.
I am faint-hearted, but with you there is help.
I am restless, but with you there is peace.
In me there is bitterness, but with you there is patience.
I do not understand your ways,
but you know the right way for me.

Father in heaven,
Praise and thanks be to you for the rest of the night.
Praise and thans be to you for the new day.
Praise and thanks be to you for all your love and faithfulness in my past life.
You have shown me many good things;
let me now also accept hard things from your hand.
You will not place on me more than I can bear.
You make all things serve your children for the best.

-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

THE EDITOR (a poem)

Not until our roads intersect
Will my purpose become His.
Not until myself is lost
Will I find my true direction.
For what good is a writer
if his work is never edited?
He will never exceed his own wisdom,
or notice his own mistakes.
He will write in his foolishness,
believing it to be cleverness.
Yet when we call upon The Editor our God,
His ultimate wisdom becomes ours,
And our mistakes are shown to us
and repaired by His grace.
Hallelujah!! Praise Him for His wisdom
and grace in the midst of our foolishness!

*I was looking through my journal and found this. I thought it related pretty well with the picture I drew of Proverbs 3:5-6, so I thought I’d share it.