I was thoroughly enjoying listening to my Randy Travis Glory Train CD while I puttered around in the kitchen this afternoon. It's full of wonderful songs, and there's just something about Randy Travis's voice (for those of us who love country music, that is).
I posted lyrics to one of my favorites in my Facebook status this afternoon. So rich and true:
He never promised that the cross would not get heavy
and the hill would not be hard to climb
He never offered victory without fighting
but He said help would always come in time.
Just remember when you’re standing
in the valley of decision and the adversary says give in
Just hold on, our Lord will show up and He will take you through the fire again
Another one that has become a favorite is "Where You There (when they crucified my Lord)?" I've heard this song many times throughout my life, and I have to admit, I never "got" it. Just seemed a bit non sequitur to me... of course I wasn't there!
But this past August (August 11th, while I was out for a walk/run, to be precise), the beauty and message of this song finally touched my heart. It became not about whether or not I was there, but caused me to ponder all of these events, and somehow they became more real to me:
when they crucified my Lord
when they nailed Him to the tree
when they pierced Him in the side
when they laid Him in the tomb
And glory hallelujah - when He rose up from the grave!
It truly caused me to tremble. And to literally hit my knees with my face to the ground, again surrendering, as I was shaken to the core with the magnitude of my Savior's sacrifice and love for me. It still causes me to tremble, and I can rarely hear the song without tears.
I couldn't find the Randy Travis version to share with you, but here is a great rendition from Johnny Cash (with the Tennessee Three, the Statler Brothers, Carl Perkins and the Carter Family).
I pray it causes you to tremble.