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Aug 2013

To the Cross I Cling

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. – Galatians 6:14

This Sunday we will be introducing a new song to our Sunday gathering entitled To the Cross I Cling by Michael Bleecker, Matt Boswell, and Isaac Wimberley. The song is featured on both Matt Boswell’s solo album entitled Messenger Hymns: Volume 1, and on The Village Church’s album God of Victory. The song is based on the Galatians verse above, as well as a prayer from The Valley of Vision entitled The Broken Heart. Here is the prayer:

O Lord,
No day of my life has passed that has not proved me guilty in thy sight. Prayers have been uttered from a prayerless heart; praise has been often praiseless sound; my best services are filthy rags. Blessed Jesus, let me find a covert in thy appeasing wounds. Though my sins rise to heaven thy merits soar above them; though unrighteousness weighs me down to hell, thy righteousness exalts me to thy throne. All things in me call for my rejection, all things in thee plead my acceptance. I appeal from the throne of perfect justice to thy throne of boundless grace. Grant me to hear thy voice assuring me: that by thy stripes I am healed, that thou wast bruised for my iniquities, that thou hast been made sin for me that I might be righteous in thee, that my grievous sins, my manifold sins, are all forgiven, buried in the ocean of thy concealing blood. I am guilty, but pardoned, lost, but saved, wandering, but found, sinning, but cleansed. Give me perpetual broken-heartedness, keep me always clinging to thy cross, flood me every moment with descending grace, open to me the springs of divine knowledge, sparkling like crystal, flowing clear and unsullied through my wilderness of life.
The Broken Heart from The Valley of Vision

Here is what one of the writers of the song (Michael Bleeker) said about the genesis of the song:

I dwelled on [the quote “All things in me call for my rejection, all things in thee plead my acceptance”] for days before setting down to write. I am a new creation, but not devoid of the flesh. I am a new creation, but not yet complete. Paul said, “No good thing dwells in me, that is in my flesh.” There was this ongoing wrestle with my flesh as well as this furious love that God had shown on the cross that I wanted to communicate. We are completely loved and completely justified and completely forgiven and completely accepted, but not completely sinless, not completely pure. We are waiting for something further. We are a new creation still offering dirty rags, yet He loves us. The reality of this should make us cling to and boast in nothing except His cross, where together death, life and mercy are found.

Here are the lyrics to the song:

No day of my life has passed that has not
Proved me guilty in your sight
The best I have to offer are these filthy rags
And yet you love me

All things in me call for my rejection
All things in You plead my acceptance

I am guilty but pardoned by grace I’ve been set free
I am ransomed through the blood you shed for me
I was dead in my transgressions, but life you brought to me
I am reconciled through mercy
To the cross I cling

No more am I a slave to sin
But bought with a price
Redemption that was purchased through the blessed cross
that You bore for me

You can listen, purchase, and download To the Cross I Cling by clicking here.


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