Theologically Singing — Even When It Hurts (Praise Song) by Hillsong UNITED


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Each Theologically Singing is intended not as criticism, nor as blind faith. Rather, I expect to find God in each of these songs. Additionally, I will not be dealing with “live” versions and such, rather, just the lyrics. 

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Verse 1

Take this fainted heart
Take these tainted hands
Wash me in Your love
Come like grace again

“My flesh and my heart may fail,” writes the Psalmist, a common cry throughout the Psalms, which is replete with calls for salvation and admission of failure. But, we are not left on our own to fail, for the writer continues: “God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:26) God is not only our strength and portion, but He will cleanse us: “Though [our] sins are like scarlet, they will be as white as snow”. (Isaiah 1:18) Only a God who loves us would so cleanse us, to wipe away our sin: “It is I who sweep away your transgressions,” says the Lord, “for My own sake, and remember your sins no more.” (Isaiah 43:25)

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We sin repeatedly, and again and again we need “redemption in Him through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.” (Ephesians 1:7-8) Therefore …

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Chorus 1

Even when my strength is lost
I’ll praise You
Even when I have no song
I’ll praise You
Even when it’s hard to find the words
Louder then I’ll sing Your praise

…we will praise God, like David did, no matter the circumstances we find ourselves in. “I will praise the Lord at all times,” writes David in (Psalm 34:1) “when he pretended to be insane in the presence of Abimelech” (Psalm 34 notation). “Listen, Lord, and answer me,” David wrote again (Psalm 86:1), “for I am poor and needy”. David entreated God to protect him simply because he was faithful (Psalm 86:2), before later promising “I will praise you with all my heart, Lord my God, and will honour Your name forever.” (Psalm 86:12) If David felt so at ease in relationship with God, take heart that we have that same relationship.

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Misc 1

(Oh) I will only sing Your praise
(Oh) I will only sing Your praise
(Oh) I will only sing Your praise

“I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing Your praise before the heavenly beings” (Psalm 138:1) for “I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 6:14)

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Verse 2

Take this mountain weight
Take these ocean tears
Hold me through the trial
Come like hope again

How can we live free if we are burdened down, rather, “let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us,” (Hebrews 12:1), “casting all [our] care on Him, because He cares about [us]” (1 Peter 5:7), knowing that if we cast our “burden on the Lord … He will sustain” us. “He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22)

We will “praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,” and trust that hope will come again, for “according to His great mercy, [God] has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” (1 Peter 1:3-5)

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Chorus 2

Even when the fight seems lost
I’ll praise You
Even when it hurts like hell
I’ll praise You
Even when it makes no sense to sing
Louder then I’ll sing Your praise

“Why am I so depressed?” writes the Psalmist. “Why this turmoil within me?” But even in this deep and dark depression, the Psalmist is able to turn to God: “Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Saviour and my God.” (Psalm 42:5) We praise God in joy and in pain, for “God made the one as well as the other” (Ecclesiastes 7:14), and we know that God’s plans for us are “for [our] welfare, not for disaster, to give [us] a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). So we praise God, even when it does not make sense to us, for God has us in the palm of His hands, and is the only one “worthy of praise.” (Psalm 18:3)

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Misc 2

And my heart burns only for You
You are all You are all I want
And my soul waits only for You
And I will sing ’til the morning has come
Lord my heart burns only for You
You are all You are all I want
And my soul waits only for You
And I will sing ’til the miracle comes yeah

“Honor His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek Yahweh rejoice. Search for the Lord and for His strength; seek His face always.” (Psalm 105:3-4) Our hearts should burn for the Lord’s face, knowing that He is our portion (Psalm 16:5). “I will praise the Lord all my life,” writes the Psalmist again. “I will sing to my God as long as I live.” (Psalm 146:2) Sing ’til the miracle of Jesus’ return: “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the Sky, and then all the peoples of the earth will mourn; and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” (Matthew 24:30) Until then, we will sing.

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Chorus 3

Even when the morning comes
I’ll praise You
Even when the fight is won
I’ll praise You
Even when my time on earth is done
Louder then I’ll sing Your praise
I will only sing Your praise

Sing not only in trials, however, but in joy as well. “…be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt,” Moses told the Israelites (Deuteronomy 8:14), rather, “Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

“So I will praise you as long as I live; at Your name, I will lift up my hands.” (Psalm 63:4)

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