#11. MYSTERY OF MERCY
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.
THE NINETY AND NINE
A beautiful 19th century Scottish hymn based off of The Parable of the Lost Sheep as sung by Andrew Peterson.
There are hordes of good theological books, there are many great theological books but there are only a few that knock the breath clean out of you, that enter into the dark corners of your soul and light a flame, that drop your jaw then fill it with awe-struck praise.