Mercy’s War by Jon Foreman

God is not silent, nor is He dead, as many unbelievers of Him say. He still fights, He’s still in a war, but in a different kind of war. The weapon He uses today are not swords and guns, but mercy, shown in the love displayed by our Lord Jesus. Jon Foreman’s writing prowess here is at its best and masterpiece-like state.

I was looking for excuses
And You offered me my soul
In the name of all my weakness
In the name of rock and roll
By His sickness I am healed
Because they broke You, I am whole
O the wonderful blood of Jesus

I went looking for the fig leaves
And You asked me what they’re for
I was building up a wall
And You offered me a door
I was hoping for silver spoons
When You handed me a sword—
O the wonderful blood of Jesus!

Maker is unmade
Love succumbs to hate
Life himself is slain
Is death the only way?
Is death the only way?

I went looking for religion
Absolutely not a friend
I went looking for ways out
And You showed me the way in
I went looking for a ghost
And instead I found a Man—
O the wonderful blood of Jesus!

Felt like I was at the end
Felt like giving up on life
I talked about Your mother
And denied You once or twice
I plucked out Your beard
Put a sword into Your side—
O the wonderful blood of Jesus!

Life and love are atoned
By the blades of all our swords
We cut the final cord
But this is mercy’s war.

I was chasing after safety
When my world went up in flames
I watched all my defenses
Washed like ashes down the drain
I thought You were a stranger
But You called me out by name—
O the wonderful blood of Jesus!

Your wounds were gaping open
I couldn’t recognize You at first
All I had to offer
Was an insult or a curse
The blood dripped down like poison
On the nauseated earth—
O the wonderful blood of Jesus!

This is mercy’s war

This is mercy’s war

This is mercy’s war
O the wonderful blood of Jesus!

“Mercy’s War” is from The Wonderlands: Dawn EP, released 2015. © Atlantic/Lowercase People Records.

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