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.

Your Love is Strong by Jon Foreman

These lyrics has been a favorite of those listening to Jon Foreman in his aftershows. This piece shows the powerful love of God for us, displayed by what He’s done and is doing for us now, and what He’ll do for us. This is a combination of the Lord’s model prayer and the discourse on needs.

Heavenly Father,  You always amaze me
Let Your kingdom come in my world and in my life

Give me the food I need
To live through today

And forgive me as I forgive
The people that wrong me.
Lead me far from temptation
Deliver me from the evil one.

I look out the window
The birds are composing
Not a note is out of tune
Or out of place

I walk to the meadow
And stare at the flowers
Better dressed than any girl
On her wedding day.

So why should I worry?
Why do I freak out?
God knows what I need
You know what I need.

The Kingdom of the Heavens
Is now advancing
Invade my heart
Invade this broken town.

The Kingdom of the Heavens
Is buried treasure
Would you sell yourself
To buy the one you’ve found?

Two things You told me
That You are strong
And You love me
Yes, You love me

Your love is, Your love is
Your love is strong
Your love is, Your love is
Your love is strong!

Our God in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy name
Above all names
Your kingdom come
Your will be done

On earth as it is in Heaven
Give us today our daily bread
Forgive us weary sinners
Keep us far from our vices
And deliver us from these prisons!

“Your Love is Strong” (based on Matthew 6:9-13, 25-31) is from the Spring EP, released 2008. © Atlantic/Lowercase People Records.