Tuesday, May 10, 2011

In The Hours

In The Hours
Words by Helen L. Parmelee
Music by Kevin Twit http://www.igracemusic.com/hymnbook/lead/inthehours.pdf

This song by Indelible Grace is one that really moves me. I think it moves me because it reminds me of my own story. The words remind me of God's work in my life through the blessing of suffering. A lot of my best days walking with my Lord has actually been days of suffering.

Verse one reminds me of growing up when I felt rejected by others but God was my song.

1. In the hours of pain and sorrow,
When the world brings no relief
When the eye is dim and heavy,
And the heart oppressed with grief
While blessings flee, Savior Lord we trust in Thee!
While blessings flee, Savior Lord we trust in Thee!


Verse two talks about my drifting from the Lord when I was caught up in pride and the sin of self-sufficiency.

2. When the snares of death surround us,
Pride, ambition, love of ease
Mammon with her false allurements,
Words that flatter, smiles that please
Then ere we yield, Savior Lord be Thou our shield
Then ere we yield, Savior Lord be Thou our shield


Verse three talks to me about the season of being adrift in the storms of life when my precious wife got so sick and I was such an angry man.

3. When forsaken in distress,
Poor despised and tempest-tossed
With no anchor here to stay us,
Drifting, sail and rudder lost
Then save us Thou, who trod this earth with weary brow
Then save us Thou, who trod this earth with weary brow


Verse four talks about how Jesus' suffered and I want to share in his sufferings. His story of suffering transcends my earthly story.

4. Thou the hated and forsaken,
Thou the bearer of the cross
Crowned of thorns and mocked and smitten,
Counting earthly gain but loss
When scorned are we, We joy to be the more like Thee
When scorned are we, We joy to be the more like Thee


Finally verse five looks to the time when our heavenly joys will subsume all suffering.

5. Thou the Father¼s best beloved,
Thou the throned and sceptered King
Who but Thee should we adoring,
All our prayers and praises bring?
So blessed are we, Savior Lord in loving Thee
So blessed are we, Savior Lord in loving Thee