Songs of Asaph: The Cornerstone (Andrew Peterson)


THE CORNERSTONE
Andrew Peterson

Full or irony and paradox, “The Cornerstone” speaks of the complexity of God’s love, of God Himself who is both love and wrath, holy and merciful. “Love is never simple” Andrew Peterson sings, “it draws ’em in and drives ’em out”. “A beautiful, unmovable force…the Cornerstone.” “All the maps were drawn, but the maps were wrong, the stars spin around another Son.”

Miss my introduction to my “Sons/Songs of Asaph” series? Catch up here. 
Miss my introduction to Andrew Peterson? Read it here.

(Lyrics)

I saw the desert wind

Tear across the wilderness
I felt it blowing off the page
My teacher told me, “Son,
Always remember this”
And I have always been afraid

I read about the God of Moses
Roaring in the holy cloud
It shook my bedroom window panes
I did not understand then
I do not understand now
I don’t expect you to explain

You’ve been a mystery since the moment that I met you
You never move but I can never seem to catch you
The Cornerstone

You said to eat your flesh
Before you broke the bread and blessed it
Before you poured the wine for every man
This is a hard, hard teaching
Can any man accept it?
Can any sage here understand?

You turned the tables over
There in your father’s temple
You cracked a whip and raised a shout
My daughter asked me why
I said, “Love is never simple
It draws ’em in and drives ’em out.”

I saw you there but it was too late to change my course
And I collided with a beautiful immovable force
The Cornerstone

And so the stone that I rejected
It has become the Cornerstone (2X)

All the maps were drawn
But the maps were wrong
The stars spin around
Another Son
All the maps were drawn
But the maps were wrong
The rivers are running from
The Cornerstone

And you looked me in the eye and fixed me with a permanent stare
I met your gaze and saw the forges of the firmament there
The Cornerstone

And the floods come up
And the rains come down… (3X)

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2 thoughts on “Songs of Asaph: The Cornerstone (Andrew Peterson)

  1. My favorite lines:
    “All the maps were drawn
    But the maps were wrong
    The stars spin around
    Another Son
    All the maps were drawn
    But the maps were wrong
    The rivers are running from
    The Cornerstone.”

    This song’s lyrics are amazing. Not a big fan of the electric guitar in the recording, but this song wins me over in spite of it! Such a rich, complex picture of God!

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    • The edgy sound did not appeal to me at first–I’m not naturally inclined towards “harsh” sounding music but as I listened to the song more I realized that it suited the words and captured by the clash of instruments the thematic clashes of the song.

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