Songs of Asaph: The Reckoning (Andrew Peterson)

#15. The Reckoning
Andrew Peterson

Thunderstorms come as vivid reminders to us that our God is a consuming fire, infinitely loving but also infinitely holy. We long for Him to show His face in this world but do we really understand what that would mean?

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Songs of Asaph: Mountains on the Ocean Floor (Andrew Peterson)

#12. MOUNTAINS ON THE OCEAN FLOOR
Andrew Peterson

Oftentimes our own sins or the sins of others seem too deep and all signs of change invisible to our mortal eyes, but for those of us in Christ we cling in faith to the promise “he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion” even when we can’t see Him working. And for those outside of Christ we are given hope too for “the Spirit moves where it wills”. We often our unable to see the working of the Holy Spirit, it’s like “mountains on the ocean floor”–one day we’ll see the fruit but for now, “only God can see it grow”.

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Songs of Asaph: Mystery of Mercy (Andrew Peterson)

#11. MYSTERY OF MERCY
Andrew Peterson

I love Andrew Peterson’s identification with key characters in the Bible in this song and his flipping the cry of Jesus “my God, my God, why has thou forsaken me?” into the cry of the believer “my God, my God, why has thou accepted me?”, emphasizing and contrasting the parallel between the two.

“Rejected so I could be accepted.
Scorned so I could be cherished.
Exposed so I could be clothed.
Bound so I could be free.
Oh, Love which makes the lover ugly, to make the loved lovely.”

Why were we chosen for salvation and not others? It’s not based on works or merit or anything else we do, it’s a beautiful Mystery of Mercy.

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Songs of Asaph: Little Boy Heart Alive (Andrew Peterson)

#8. LITTLE BOY HEART ALIVE
Andrew Peterson

This song beautiful captures the adventure-hungry, imaginative delight of childhood, these desires stemming from a call to be swept up in something greater than our own stories, by a love “so good but [that] is not tame”.

Can you capture all the fantasy literature references?

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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.”

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