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Song Squawk – By His Grace

In the mid nineties, I had a little red Buick and a big ol’ bass box in the trunk, and would listen to “Christian Rock”, cranked to 11.

(What did you say?  Huh?  Can  you say that again, I didn’t hear you….)

I have gotten away from that genre for many reasons, the least of which may be a loss of hearing, but some songs have stuck with me over the decades.

The artist’s I listened to sought to reflect Scriptural teaching for the most part. They ranged from “preaching” pop culture religion to significant theological teaching. As I listened to the lyrics, I found some to be quite challenging.

To be honest, I listened because I could justify the rock beat with “sanctified lyrics”.

Occassionaly I will post a song, supply the lyrics and make a comment or two. If you decide to listen to the tune, turn the speaker down unless you are already deaf. Some of the songs tend to have a certain “volume” about them!


This post will consider the song

By His Grace – by Van Morrison

My wife and I would take our kids to the library for five books each when they were young, and one afternoon I tripped over a double album of Van Morrison, called Hymns to the Silence. I signed it out of the library, took it home and listened to it constantly.

Years pass and I get my little red Buick, and this album shows up in my recordings – Don’t worry, I bought a copy after I returned the disks to the library.

Occassionaly, I would give that ol’ bass box a break, and cruise in that ol’ Buick, listening to Van. This particular song speaks of Philippians 2:12-13.

Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Or as Van Morrison might sing…

You’ve got to try for the Kingdom … By His Grace

Take a listen!

By His Grace – by Van Morrison

By His Grace – by Van Morrison

You’ve got to try, for the kingdom
You’ve got to try, for the kingdom
On high, you’ve got to try,
By His grace, by His grace

You’ve got to live your religion
Deep inside, when you try
For the kingdom on high
By His grace, by His grace

Open your mind to the wisdom
When you try for the kingdom, on high
By His grace, by His grace

Open your heart to the wisdom
In your mind when you try
For the kingdom on high
By His grace, by His grace

One day at a time, you got to try
Open your eye, it will come
By and by, when you try
By His grace, by His grace
By His grace, by His grace.

Let me know what you think of the lyrics, and of the tunes!


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