Escape

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This song is all about shaking off the hard-heartedness that comes from valuing comfort more that God. He has called us out of the destruction of sin and into a wilderness that exposes idols and hones our desires on Himself. But all too often, that wilderness begins to look a lot more like the "Egypt" we were rescued from. All too often, we become trapped by entertainment and selfish ambition in particular. I hope this song helps you leave behind a calloused heart when you find yourself there like I have too many times.

Note that the hymn lyrics are a bit different from the ones from your hymnbook.

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Draining like a well that's full of holes
Distractions waging war against my soul
Preying on the moments I forget that You are near until
I dare to claim you've left me in the cold

In the throes of entertainment I've become
Hardened toward the God I'm running from
Yet still you persevere with me,
Correcting me so graciously
Your patience is incomprehensible

In your grace, in your presence
The restlessness retreats into calm
In your arms, in your power
The longing for escape loses hold

In the hidden moments of the day
When sin would seek to carry me away
May your Spirit draw me to remember who you are until
He decimates the lies that marred your name

Jesus, Jesus, how I need you
How I've proved it o're and o're
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus
O for grace to trust you more

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from Lifted, released December 19, 2015

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