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Personal Meditation/Worship Team Devotional: “And Can It Be?”

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And can it be that I should gain

An interest in the Savior’s blood?

Died He for me, who caused His pain?

For me, who Him to death pursued?

Amazing love! How can it be,

That thou, my God, should die for me?

Life hurts. Dad develops a malicious lung condition which steadily drains life. Mother-in-law is silently overcome by Alzheimer’s, a slow goodbye to awareness. Betrayal invades a marriage, and loved ones divorce. Where are you God? Are you real? Or are you just an idea cooked up by desperate humans afraid of insignificance in a lonely universe? Question marks abound in life.

He left his Father’s throne above,

So free, so infinite His grace;

Emptied Himself of all but love,

And bled for Adam’s helpless race;

‘Tis mercy all, immense and free;

O praise my God, it reaches me.

Reach me, Lord. Can you reach me? I am desperate to feel the wonder of your presence. Doubt threatens, but faith yearns to rise and lift me to you. Be merciful and free me from captivity to self.

Long my imprisoned spirit lay

Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;

Thine eye diffused a quick’ning ray,

I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;

My chains fell off, my heart was free;

I rose, went forth, and followed thee.

Your light invades; darkness runs to the shadows. Strength overtakes weakness; healing overcomes pain. Lord, I worship you!

No condemnation now I dread;

Jesus and all in Him is mine!

Alive in Him, my living Head,

And clothed in righteousness divine,

Bold I approach the eternal throne,

And claim the crown, thro’ Christ, my own.

Amazing love!

                     How can it be that thou, my God, should die for me?

– Mark Powers ——————Wesley, “And Can It Be,” Public Domain.


Author: Mark Powers

Worship Pastor, Riverland Hills Baptist Church, Columbia SC - April 1, 2018 to present Former Director, Worship and Music, South Carolina Baptist Convention, Columbia SC: 2008 - 2018 Author - "GOING FULL CIRCLE: Worship that Moves Us to Discipleship and Missions" - www.GoingFullCircle.org (Resource Publications, Wipf & Stock, Eugene OR, 2013) President, www.WorshipWise.com - Empowering YOU for Powerful Worship Leading! Presenter/Speaker on the MusicArts Mission Movement (M3). To contact MP about presenting or speaking for your conference or training event, e-mail mark@riverlandhills.org or call 803-640-9037. I would love to come and share how your worship ministries can join God on mission in your community!

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