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“Even If” by MercyMe

25 Feb

“Even If” by MercyMe

They say sometimes you win some
Sometimes you lose some
And right now, right now I’m losing bad
I’ve stood on this stage night after night
Reminding the broken it’ll be alright
But right now, oh right now I just can’t
It’s easy to sing
When there’s nothing to bring me down
But what will I say
When I’m held to the flame
Like I am right now

I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone

They say it only takes a little faith
To move a mountain
Well good thing
A little faith is all I have, right now
But God, when You choose
To leave mountains unmovable
Oh give me the strength to be able to sing
It is well with my soul

I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt
Would all go away if You’d just say the word
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone

You’ve been faithful, You’ve been good
All of my days
Jesus, I will cling to You
Come what may

‘Cause I know You’re able
I know You can
I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
I know the sorrow, I know the hurt
Would all go away if You’d just say the word
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone

It is well with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Bart Millard / Ben Glover / Crystal Lewis / David Garcia / Tim Timmons

Dear God, I thought about just titling this prayer journal entry “Apology.” I owe you an apology. Now, I know that goes without saying. There is so much I do wrong. I can sin with the best of them, and I am, indeed, sorry for those things. But this is different. I’m not sure I’ve ever apologized to you for thinking you were unfaithful to me or your word.

My wife and I went through some trials a few years ago, and I remember telling friends, “I knew that when I became a Christian that I wouldn’t be protected from suffering, but in praying for my children and loved ones, I thought there would be some amount of protection.” One friend responded to me that I was disappointed in you. Yes, I thought. That’s it. I’m disappointed.

Well, I’m sorry. I’m sorry for ever being disappointed in the God of the universe. I’m sorry for ever thinking that I deserve better than I’m getting.

The song above, “Even If,” is a good song. It’s one of those that really works in a church setting. It says all of the right things. I can picture myself standing in a church with this song on the overhead and singing along–and even meaning it. But it’s the story that the lead singer tells in the video I’ve attached that helped me see that I owe you an apology.

The other thing that helped me see it was some of the stuff I’m been doing with Naomi and Ruth chapter 1 lately. One thought that occurred to me is that Naomi owes you an apology for trying to rename herself Mara. You were there the whole time. You were making a way, not only for her, but also all of Israel. You hadn’t made her life bitter. It just didn’t look how she thought she deserved it to…ohhhhhh. That’s me. I guess I owe you an apology too.

Father, I am sorry. I know you are able to do anything. I know you can change any life circumstance at your own will. But even if you don’t, my hope is in you alone. I choose to instead tell you thank you for loving me. I choose to let go of my selfishness and what I think I deserve to simply say, “It is well with my soul.”

In Jesus’s name I pray,

Amen

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2020 in Hymns and Songs

 

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