Friday, March 9, 2012

If I Stand

My family and I have grown up with Rich Mullin's album Songs (1996), particularly the first seven songs. It was only in the past years that I learned to appreciate the actual words in the songs. Though I've never really listened to many other of his songs, there are a few that I really like. From what I know, Rich Mullins died after getting a car wreck and an eighteen wheeler swerved to miss the car, but killed Rich Mullins. Also, from what I know, he was kind of quirky, but he impacted many artist with his music. His words are very meaningful and rather poetic. So here is his song:

If I Stand

There's more that rises in the morning than the sun
And more that shines in the night than just the moon
There's more than just this fire here that keeps me warm
In a shelter that is larger than this room

{Chorus} And there's a loyalty that's deeper than mere sentiments
And a music higher than the songs that I can sing
Stuff of Earth competes for the allegiance
I owe only to the Giver of all good things
So if I stand let me stand on the promise that you will pull me through
And if I can't, let me fall on the grace that first brought me to You
So if I sing let me sing for the joy that has born in me these songs
And if I weep let it be as a man who is longing for his home

And there's more that dances on the prairies than the wind
And more that pulses in the ocean than the tide
There's a love that's fiercer than the love between friends
More gentle than a mother's when her baby's at her side

Chorus {2x}

And if I weep let it be as a man who is longing for home

- Rich Mullins

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