Songs for Worship

Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.  Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

Psalm 33:1-3 (NIV)

 

   

From the Depths

 

Background

This song is Bob Hauch's prayer as he daily faced his battle with cancer.  By sharing this song with the St. John's community, Bob opened up his heart before us all regarding his struggle, and his utter need for his Lord's presence every step of the way.  But this prayer also reveals Bob's faith, his willingness to accept his Lord's will, and live in His strength alone.  The persistent faith in the face of hardship that Bob described in Run and Xtreme Faith Xtreme God, he made very personal in this song.

By giving us this song, Bob not only invited us to pray alongside him in his struggle.   He has give God's people a beautiful prayer, a beautiful song to give voice to the cry of our hearts in the midst of our own struggles.

For the recording, the arrangement was left intentionally simple, as befitting Bob's heartfelt prayer.  Think of the viola countermelody as depicting the wordless, plaintive cry of the Spirit and the heart behind and beyond the words (Romans 8:26).

Bible Verses

Romans 5:1-5, Matthew 26:36-42, Mark 14:32-36, Luke 22, 39-44, Isaiah 40:29-31

Themes

Comfort, Prayer, Faithfulness of God, Presence of God, God's Will, Guidance

 

Lyrics

Verse 1
"Use me, Lord" are such easy words to say
When life is good and blessings flow my way
But when You call me to proclaim
In my deepest, darkest pain
I know my strength alone won't get me through

Chorus
From the depths I cry to you
Show me, Lord, what you want me to do
Lift me up and help me stand
When I fall, take my hand
And carry me when I'm too weary to go on 
Touch my heart and calm my fears
Let me know that You are near
Wrap your arms around me tight
It's gonna be alright

Verse 2
Let me kneel with You in the Garden
Help me pray the words that You prayed
If there is no other way
Help me not to be afraid
Not my will, Lord, but Your will be done