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“No Insult Like The Truth” by Charlie Peacock

26 Jul

“No Insult Like The Truth” By Charlie Peacock

I’ve run my ship aground
on the rocks of the soul
There’s no lie like independence
there’s no demon like control
I’ve fanned the burning embers
til my house was on fire
There’s no parody like power
There’s no fever like desire
I’ve drained the wine of darkness
to the dregs of deceit
There’s no drug as strong as pride
There’s no blindness like conceit
I’ve railed against the mountain
With a pickaxe and a file
There’s no minefield like presumption
There’s no death wish like denial

There’s no gunshot like conviction
There’s no conscience bulletproof
There’s no strength like utter weakness
There’s no insult like the truth

I’ve adjusted my prescription
til I couldn’t trust my vision
there’s no killer like convenience
there’s no sickness like omission
I’ve amended resolutions and resisted explanation
There’s no trap door like emotion
There’s no pit like reputation

There’s no gunshot like conviction
There’s no conscience bulletproof
There’s no strength like utter weakness
There’s no insult like the truth

There’s no cancer like ambition
There’s no cure like crucifixion
There’s no cancer like ambition
There’s no cure like crucifixion

There’s no gunshot like conviction
There’s no conscience bulletproof
There’s no strength like utter weakness
There’s no insult like the truth

Dear God, I can’t believe I’ve never journaled about this song before. When it came out, over 20 years ago, I thought about writing a companion book to go with it. My vision was a chapter title that would go with each little statement Charlie Peacock makes. For example, there would be a chapter called “There’s No Lie Like Independence.” Then I would explore the word “independence” and see what kind of truths there are in it. Frankly, it might horrify Charlie to think that someone took each word and phrase so seriously. I don’t know how carefully he picked each phrase in this song. But I think there’s a lot of depth to it.

With that being said, I think I want to do a series that will basically do a journal for each of the statements he makes. For tonight, let me write them here so I can see what I’m getting into:

  • There’s no like like independence.
  • There’s no demon like control.
  • There’s no parody like power.
  • There’s no fever like desire.
  • There’s no drug as strong as pride.
  • There’s no blindness like conceit.
  • There’s no minefield like presumption.
  • There’s no death wish like denial.
  • There’s no killer like convenience.
  • There’s no sickness like omission.
  • There’s no trap door like emotion.
  • There’s no pit like reputation.
  • There’s no cancer like ambition.
  • There’s no cure like crucifixion.
  • There’s no gun shot like conviction.
  • There’s no strength like utter weakness.
  • There’s no insult like the truth.

I’m about to spend the next 8 days on vacation and there are 16 of these here. I think what I’ll do is take them two at a time since that’s how Charlie groups them and then go from there. I hope this will be fun and I’ll get to hear your Holy Spirit speaking to me through this song I’ve heard so many times.

Father, before I close, I want to confess to you that I’ve not been as dependent upon or worshipful of you as I should have been lately. I’m sorry. I’ve taken credit for things that you have done. I’ve taken your glory for myself. I’m very sorry. Thank you. Thank you for everything good. Thank you for every struggle. My I always deflect any glory that comes my way and point others to you. You are amazing.

In Jesus’s name I pray,

Amen

 

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