Saturday, March 20, 2010

Tobymac's new CD is really good...one of the songs on it that is becoming my favorites to listen to is "Changed Forever." Not only do I like it musically, but lyrically the words had grabbed my attention. It reminds me of Saul's salvation experience on the road to Damascus (Acts 9). The Message Bible states it this way...

When he got to the outskirts of Damascus, he was suddenly dazed by a bling flash of light. As he fell to the ground, he heard a voice: "Saul, Saul, why are you out to get me?" He said, "Who are you, Master?" "I am Jesus, the One you're hunting down. I want you to get up and enter the city. In the city you'll be told what to do next." His companions stood there dumbstruck -- they could hear the sound, but couldn't see anyone -- while Saul, picking himself up off the ground, found himself stone blind. They had to take him by the hand and lead him into Damascus. He continued blind for three days. He ate nothing, drank nothing...

So Ananias went and found the house, placed his hands on blind Saul, and said, "Brother Saul, the Master sent me, the same Jesus you saw on your way here. He sent me so you could see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit." No sooner were the words out of his mouth than something like scales fell from Saul's eyes -- he could see again! He got to his feet, was baptized, and sat down with them to a hearty meal.

It is interesting how God approached Saul. He blinded him for three days, and to see Saul's response of neither eating or drinking. God is wanting us to empty ourselves of us, and allow Him to fill us. This experience will change us forever.

The words to the song are below the link. It is a little wild in the music so I know my mom will not appreciate the music style, but the lyrics are below to help understand the song.





I'd heard the name, but never seen Your face
Been touched before but never Your embrace
Had a soul to lose and the world to gain
But then You whispered my name

And I heard the truth but never from Your lips
Bought the lies and many counterfeits
Dreamed my dreams, but they were never in color
And I searched for You and many others

I was down for the count (for the count)

Then I saw Your face
Just a glimpse of Your face, and my whole world changed
Then I saw Your face
And I was changed forever (Changed forever now)
Then I saw Your face
One glimpse of Your face, it's a whole new game
Then I saw Your face, and I was changed forever (Yours forever now)

If I could reach the stars, I could touch the sky
And if I spread my wings, I could almost fly
I had everything paper could buy
I was lost in my disguise

And if I played my role, they would feel my style
If I bought the night they would buy my smile
I've been runnin' this game for a million miles
Believe' my own lies

I was down, I was out

Then I saw Your face
Just a glimpse of Your face, and my whole world changed
Then I saw Your face
And I was changed forever (I'm Yours forever now)
Then I saw Your face
One glimpse of Your face, it's a whole new game
Then I saw Your face, and I was changed forever (Yours forever now)

Then I saw Your face

I was blinded by my selfish dreams
Everything ain't what it seems
From inside to out, there ain't no doubt
I've been changed

Nothing short of satistfaction
Your love caused a change reaction
I can tell you this much I felt your touch
And I'm changed

When I was down for the count,
Your love surrounded me
Blink of an eyes
And I saw my destiny

Changed, rearranged 'cause I couldn't maintain
The heart it took to even stay in the game
One look in Your eyes even I realized
A fellow like me had been put down to size
To be built up in a better way, Your way
Yahweh, ain't about to fade
Bombastic, ain't no way to mask it
I saw Your face, and my old ways blasted

Then I saw Your face
Just a glimpse of Your face, and my whole world changed
Then I saw Your face, and I was changed forever (Yours forever now)
Then I saw Your face
One glimpse of Your face it's a whole new game
Then I saw Your face, and I was changed forever (I'm Yours forever now)

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