Matt Norman , Brittany Roland - Lifted

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When we approach God, are we allowed to be honest about where we're truly at? The Psalms would say "yes!" This song admittedly has a bit of bite in the beginning, but we serve a God who meets us squarely in our sin, reveals Himself to us right there, and then draws us out from sinful desires to find our deepest satisfaction in Him.

This song comes mostly from the book of Numbers, alluding to the serpent God instructed Moses to have lifted up in the wilderness after Israel's flight from Egypt. Every one of us can find ourselves squarely where Israel stood: with out arms folded, our hearts weary of an unfamiliar God, and our backs stiffened against Him. And every believer can find themselves mesmerized by Jesus, who became our curse in our place, forever changing God from unfamiliar to intimate, from fearful to the height of pleasure and joy.

lyrics

We’re self-consumed
Delight in all but You
Push You far from view
We complain
We have spurned your grace
Provoked you to your face

We retreat
To familiar things
Hold you at arm's length
We accuse
We tell You what to do
As though You were ours to use

Now the poison of the pride of self
Is coursing through our veins
We need to see the Savior who sustains
Our wounds are deep
We need to see

May you be known
May you be seen by all
May the scales fall
Spread your name
As far as the eye can see
Make us to believe

Don’t withhold
Lift your Son up tall
Let the manna fall
Don’t restrain
Your Son adores Your name
Let His blood sustain

The cure of Jesus lifted high
Is coursing through our veins
Revived, we rise and glory in Your name
Your cure is deep
We need to see
Your cure is deep
Lord, we believe

Lift up the one who
Bore the curse for those who cursed His name
Who reconciles His enemies
Lift up the one who
Endured the cross, belittling its shame
Raised for all the Earth to see

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from Lifted, released December 19, 2015
Brittany Roland singing the harmonies and chorus.

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