We were made to be courageous We were made to lead the way We could be the generation That finally breaks the chains...This is our resolution Our answer to the call We will love our wives and children We refuse to let them fall (Courageous)Over and over again they listened, then they began to sing along.
Each one thought that they knew better But they were different by design Instead of standing strong together They let their differences divide... But it was the rhythm of the dancers That gave the poets life It was the spirit of the poets That gave the soldiers strength to fight It was the fire of the young ones It was the wisdom of the old It was the story of the poor man That needed to be told (City on the Hill)And this:
Nobody knows what we're for Only what we're against When we judge the wounded What if we put down our signs Crossed over the lines And loved like You did (Jesus, friend of Sinners)
And so we did. We do. We Come to the Well. We listen to David-like words sung by people with David-like hearts and we know, we remember how we're all in this together.
This music is the fifth album by Casting Crowns. And for the fifth time I'm amazed at how authentically they capture what is is to walk in this life.
Last night I stood at the kitchen sink, eyes full of tears, as I listened to these words:
There’s a stirring in the throne room And all creation holds its breath Waiting now to see the Bridegroom Wondering how the bride will dress And she wears white And she knows that she’s undeserving She bears the shame of history But this worn and weary maiden Is not the bride that He sees She wears white head to toe But only He could make it so When someone dries your tears When someone wins your heart And says you’re beautiful When you don’t know you are When all you long to see Is written on His face Love has come and finally set you free On that wedding day On that wedding day She has danced in golden castles She has crawled through beggar’s dust But today she stands before Him And she wears His righteousness She will be who He adore This is what He made her for When the hand that bears the only scars In Heaven touch her face And the last tears she’ll ever cry Are finally wiped away And the clouds roll back as He takes her hand And walks her through the gates Forever we will reign (Wedding Day)
It goes on like this, this disc full of hope and truth. I'm thankful for this music that speaks to my boys, to me, to the world. I'm thankful for words that will stay long after the music is over, for words that lift and build, for words inspired by His Truth and so artfully strung together. I'm thankful for these youth-pastors-turned-music-missionaries, for these men and women who use their gifts to point to that Living Water .