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2020

His Heart Beats

April 12, 2020—

Today’s song by Andrew Peterson seeks to capture the remarkable meaning of Jesus’s miraculous Easter resurrection: “His Heart Beats”

He took one breath

And put death to death

Where is your sting

Oh grave, how grave is your defeat

I know, I know His heart beats

Today, let us rejoice in our ultimate freedom bought by Jesus’s death and celebrate His unfathomable desire to bring us closer to Him for all eternity.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

His heart beats
His blood begins to flow
Waking up what was dead a moment ago
And His heart beats
Now everything has changed
'Cause the blood that bought us peace with God
Is racing through His veins
And His heart beats
His heart beats

He breathes in
His living lungs expand
The heavy air surrounding death
Turns to breath again
He breathes out
He is Word and flesh once more
The Lamb of God slain for us is a lion ready to roar
And His heart beats

So crown Him the Lord of life
Crown Him the Lord of love
Crown Him the Lord of all
He took one breath
And put death to death
Where is your sting
Oh grave, how grave is your defeat
I know, I know His heart beats

He rises
Glorified in flesh
Clothed in immortality
The firstborn from the dead
He rises
And His work's already done
So He's resting as He rises to reclaim the bride He won
And His heart beats

So crown Him the Lord of life
Crown Him the Lord of love
Crown Him the Lord of all
He took one breath
And put death to death
Where is your sting
Oh grave, how grave is your defeat
I know, I know His heart beats

The last enemy to be destroyed is death
The last enemy to be destroyed is death
He must reign until no enemy is left
The last enemy to be destroyed, to be destroyed is death

His heart beats
He will never die again
I know that death no longer has dominion over Him
So my heart beats
With the rhythm of the saints
As I look for the seeds the King has sewn
To burst up from their graves

I know, I know
He took one breath
And put death to death
Where is your sting
Oh grave, how grave is your defeat
I know, I know
He took one breath
And put death to death
Where is your sting
Oh grave, how grave is your defeat
How great, how great is His victory
I know, I know His heart beats
(Crown Him the Lord of life)
His heart beats
I know, I know His heart beats
(Crown Him the Lord of all)
His heart beats
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2020

The Silence of God

April 10, 2020—

Today’s song by Andrew Peterson is mournful and appropriate for this Good Friday: “The Silence of God”

It’s enough to drive a man crazy

It’ll break a man’s faith

It’s enough to make him wonder

If he’s ever been sane

When he’s bleating for comfort

From Thy staff and Thy rod

And the heaven’s only answer

Is the silence of God

Today, as we reflect on Jesus’s suffering and death, let us take comfort in the depths of His love for us and know He will always watch over and accompany us.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

It's enough to drive a man crazy
It'll break a man's faith
It's enough to make him wonder
If he's ever been sane
When he's bleating for comfort
From Thy staff and Thy rod
And the heaven's only answer
Is the silence of God

And it'll shake a man's timbers
When he loses his heart
When he has to remember
What broke him apart
And this yoke may be easy
But this burden is not
When the crying fields are frozen
By the silence of God

And if a man has got to listen
To the voices of the mob
Who are reeling in the throes
Of all the happiness they've got
When they tell you all their troubles
Have been nailed up to that cross
Well then what about the times
When even followers get lost?
'Cause we all get lost sometimes

Well there's a statue of Jesus
On a monastery knoll
In the hills of Kentucky
All quiet and cold
And He's kneeling in the garden
As silent as a stone
And all His friends are sleeping
And He's weeping all alone
And the man of all sorrows
He never forgot
What sorrow is carried
By the hearts that He bought
So when the questions dissolve
Into the silence of God
The aching may remain
But the breaking does not
The aching may remain
But the breaking does not
In the holy lonesome echo
Of the silence of God
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2020

Well Done, Good and Faithful

February 16, 2020—

Though we frequently focus on Jesus’s resurrection and triumph over death, more rarely do we contemplate the pain and sorrow of His crucifixion and death. Today’s song by Andrew Peterson is an appropriate reflection on Jesus’s darkest moments on the cross, and gives a new look at the depths of His sacrifice: “Well Done, Good and Faithful.”

Why, oh why, my God?

For the joy set before Him, He endured

And is seated at the right hand of the Father

Well done, good and faithful, well done

Today, let us pray for silence and solemnity to contemplate Jesus’s death—and for the comfort of our infinitely understanding God in the trials of our own lives.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

"Why has my God my soul forsook
Nor will a smile afford"
Thus David once in anguish spoke
And thus our dying Lord
Oh, it's Your chief delight to dwell
Among Your praising saints
And yet You hear us groan as well
And pity our complaints
Our fathers trusted in Your name
And great deliverance found
But He's a worm despised of men
And trod into the ground
Men shake their heads and pass Him by
And laugh His soul to scorn
In vain He trusts in God they cry
Neglected and forlorn
But You are He who formed His flesh
By Your almighty word
And since He hung upon the breast
His hope was in the Lord
Why would His Father hide His face
When foes stand threatening 'round
In His dark hour of deep distress
And not a helper found

Why, oh why, my God?
Why, oh why, my God?
For the joy set before Him, He endured
And is seated at the right hand of the Father
Well done, good and faithful, well done
Well done, good and faithful One

Behold Your dear One left among the cruel and the proud
As mighty bulls so fierce and strong
As lions roaring loud
For mirth and hell and sorrows meet
To multiply the pain
They nail His hands
They pierce His feet
And mock Him yet again
Yet if Your sovereign hand let loose
The rage of earth and hell
Why would my heavenly Father bruise
The Son He loved so well
He prayed in dark Gethsemane
"Withhold this bitter cup"
But He resigned His will to thee
And drank the sorrows up
Our Savior cried with David's grief,
"In groans I waste My breath
Thy hand has brought Me down beneath
The bitter dust of death"
And then He gave His spirit up
To trust it in Your hand
His dying flesh reposed in hope
To rise at Your command

Why, oh why, my God?
Why, oh why, my God?
For the joy set before Him, He endured
And is seated at the right hand of the Father
Well done, good and faithful, well done
Well done, good and faithful, well done
Well done, good and faithful One
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2020

Remember Me

February 8, 2020—

As we become distracted in our day-to-day lives, at times the story of Jesus’s death and resurrection seems like just that—a story, from far away and long ago. Today’s song by Andrew Peterson helps bring this story back to life, along with our roles and hope in it: “Remember Me.”

We know what the law requires

But we pile our sins up higher and higher

Who can ascend that hill?

And I am a sheep who’s gone astray

I’ve turned aside in my own way

Have mercy on me, Son of David

Today, let us pray for God’s forgiveness, and that He might open our eyes to see Him in everyone around us—so that we can live the lives He has planned.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

Lord, remember me
When You come into Your kingdom
Lord, remember me
When You come into Your kingdom

Who can ascend the hill of the Lord?
The one who utters no untrue word
Whose hands are clean, whose heart is pure
Who can ascend that hill?
There is none righteous, no not one
We are prodigal daughters and wayward sons
We don't know the half of the hurt we've done
The countless we have killed
Our priests are cheats, our prophets are liars
We know what the law requires
But we pile our sins up higher and higher
Who can ascend that hill?
And I am a sheep who's gone astray
I've turned aside in my own way
Have mercy on me, Son of David

Lord, remember me
When You come into Your kingdom
Lord, remember me
When You come into Your kingdom

Now hear the voice of the Word made man
The spotless sacrificial lamb
A body You gave me, here I am
I have come to do Your will
And no one takes my life You see
I lay it down now willingly
And I will draw all men to Me
When I ascend that hill
On Sunday You came as a king
On Monday washed the temple clean
On Tuesday You told them what will be
On Wednesday You waited patiently
On Thursday You said, "It is time,
I'll drink this cup 'cause it is mine"
On Friday Lord, You poured the wine
Like a thief on a cross as he hung there dying
For crimes there were no use denying
The righteous Judge hung right beside him
How could I not recognize You?
How could I not recognize You?
How could I not recognize my Lord?

My Lord, remember me
When You come into Your kingdom
Lord, remember me
When You come into Your kingdom

Just days ago the sky was stone
The trees were standing stripped to the bone
You could hear creation grown
But I write these words on an April day
And the earth is drinking the early rain
The hills remember green again
And we've heard this story all our lives
Still we feel the pain of the crucified
And the end still comes as a surprise
But before the breath there in the tomb
Before our joy sprang from the womb
You saw a day that's coming soon
When the Son will stand on the mount again
With an army of angels at His command
And the earth will split like a hull of the sea
Wherever Jesus plants His feet
And up from the earth the dead will rise
Like spring trees clothed in petals of white
Singing the songs of the radiant bride
And we will always be, always be
Always be with the Lord
We will always be, always be
Always be with the Lord
We will always, always be, be with Jesus

My Lord, remember me
When You come into Your kingdom
Lord, remember me
When You come into Your kingdom
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2020

After The Last Tear Falls

January 13, 2020—

At times, the present seems overwhelming and it’s difficult to remember God’s promises for the future. Andrew Peterson’s “After The Last Tear Falls” reminds us that someday, all that is wrong in the world will end, and we will see God and His plan.

We’ll see how the tears that have fallen

Were caught in the palms

Of the Giver of love

and the Lover of all

And we’ll look back on these tears as old tales

Today, let us remember that everything in this life is temporary, for we have been promised eternal life in the Lord—He who always guides and protects us.

Thanks for listening today.


Here are the lyrics in full:

After the last tear falls
After the last secret's told
After the last bullet tears through flesh and bone
After the last child starves
And the last girl walks the boulevard
After the last year that's just too hard
There is love, love love love
There is love, love love love
There is love

After the last disgrace
After the last lie to save some face
After the last brutal jab from a poison tongue
After the last dirty politician
After the last meal down at the mission
After the last lonely night in prison
There is love, love love love
There is love

And in the end the end is oceans and oceans
Of love and love again
We'll see how the tears that have fallen
Were caught in the palms
Of the Giver of love
and the Lover of all
And we'll look back on these tears as old tales

'Cause after the last plan fails
After the last siren wails
After the last young husband sails off to join the war
After the last "This marriage is over"
After the last young girl's innocence is stolen
After the last years of silence that won't let a heart open
There is love, love love love
There is love

And in the end the end is oceans and oceans
Of love and love again
We'll see how the tears that have fallen
Were caught in the palms
Of the Giver of love
and the Lover of all
And we'll look back on these tears as old tales

'Cause after the last tear falls
(Love love love)
(Joy in the night, the King and the Kingdom)
Yes, after the last tear falls
(Love love love)
(Joy writes the song of innocence)
Only love
(Love love love)
(Joy in the night, the King and the Kingdom)
Only love
(Love love love)
(Joy writes the song of innocence, singing...)
After the last tear falls