Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Not Guilty

**UPDATE:  Tonight at choir practice, KW was giving away CD's, which he does occasionally.  Guess which one I got?  Uh-huh.  Mandisa!!  YAY!  

I've written before about how much I love and enjoy singing in our church's choir.

I love the people.

I love our music director, KW.

I love the talent of our accompanists.  

I love worshiping God in song and singing with all my heart and soul to Him.

I love harmony.

I also love finding a new song I've never heard before.  Choir practice and our Sunday morning performances are a complete time of worship for me.  When I connect with a song, I feel like I'm standing in the sanctuary alone with God and it's all I can do to not fall to my knees as I sing.

And, I'm sure it will come as no surprise when I say that many, many times I'm brought to tears as the choir sings.

This was the case last Wednesday at practice.  We had a few new songs to start practicing, one being Mandisa's, "Not Guilty."

This song spoke STRAIGHT into my heart.  How many times in our lives do we walk around with shame and guilt because of something we've said or done even AFTER we've asked wholeheartedly for forgiveness from God?  I know I do it all the time.  Thoughts flash into my mind, sent straight from Satan himself, and I'm instantly back in the moment when I said or did something I shouldn't have.  Cue the guilt and shame.  

OH MY...there are no words to describe these lyrics accurately, so I will leave you to read them for yourself and let them bless you like they did me.  Sometimes we just need to be reminded that ONLY because of His sacrificial blood, we are...


(turn up your computer volume so you can hear the song play as you read the lyrics)

I stand accused

There's a list a mile long
Of all my sins
Of everything that I've done wrong
I'm so ashamed

There's nowhere left for me to hide
This is the day
I must answer for my life
My fate is in the Judge's hands
But then He turns to me and says

I know you, I love you
I gave My life to save you
Love paid the price for mercy
My verdict not guilty

How can it be?
I can't begin to comprehend
What kind of grace
Would take the place for all my sin?

I stand in awe
Now that I have been set free
And the tears well up
As I look at that cross
'Cause it should have been me

My fate was in the nail scarred hands
He stretched them out for me
And said

I know you, I love you
I gave My life to save you
Love paid the price for mercy
My verdict not guilty

I'm falling on my knees to thank You
With everything I am I'll praise you
So grateful for the words I heard
You say

I know you, I love you
I gave My life
I know you, I love you
I gave My life just to save you
Love paid the price for mercy
My verdict not guilty

Love paid the price for mercy
My verdict not guilty, not guilty

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  1. I love that song! A friend of mine sang that in church last Sunday and I love it. I feel the same way you do~I'm an alto in our choir and I help lead worship every month. I love it. What an honor to be able to stand and help lead the church in worship~that is our job in choir~to make the people comfortable enough to be able to join in. It is my favorite thing ever.

  2. I've never heard that song before but wow! I so needed to hear that only by His blood that we are not guilty! Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you!

  3. I'll have to see if I can find that on Itunes! Love the lyrics. I love to sing, unfortunatly I'm not very good....but I know it's beautiful to the Lord's ears.

  4. I love the song but I am like Jen I don't sing well. Cowboy Steve always tells me who sings that song... Well let them sing it then!

  5. beautiful song - I love it when our choir sings - I wish I could sing without causing the neighborhood dogs to howl in pain...

    Love to you.

  6. Great song. I love mixing music in my life.

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