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You Lifted Me, August 3, 2009
Music by Leah Van Maaren;words adapted from Charles H. Gabriel's “He Lifted Me”

This is a hymn re-make. I was struck by the imagery of this hymn text "From shades of night to planes of light, I praise Your name, You lifted me."


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VERSE 1
In loving kindness, Jesus came
My soul, in mercy, to reclaim
And from the depths of sin and shame,
You lifted me
You called me long before I heard,
before my sinful heart was stirred,
But when I took You at Your Word,
You lifted me

CHORUS
From sinking sand, You lifted me,
with tender hand, You lifted me
From shades of night to plains of light,
I praise Your name, You lifted me
So I will take You at Your word,
and let this Truth within me stir
Without a doubt this voice cries out,
"You lifted me."

VERSE 2
Your brow was pierced with many thorns,
Your hands by cruel nails were torn
When for my guilt and grief, forlorn,
You lifted me
Now on a higher plane I dwell
and in my spirit, all is well
Yet, how or why, I cannot tell,
You lifted me

BRIDGE
Now I'm standing firm upon the rock of Your salvation
A shifting world no longer shakes my steps in the light of Your love

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