"Lesser Loves" by Bifrost Arts Music
If we've read the Psalms at all we know the psalmists don't shy away from having the hard conversations with God. They wrestle with what God is doing, with what He's not doing and with is going on in His world. It may be shocking for us to reflect and realize that these Psalms were used in the temple by the people of Israel for worship!
The song "Lesser Loves" is part of a collection of songs by Bifrost Arts Music which seeks to help the church recapture the practice of lament in corporate worship. For us as Grace Church, this song is serving as our theme song for the Oasis sermon series. We're learning that the people who lived with Jesus were confused about who He was. They had seen numerous guys claiming to be "messiah" come and go. God had not been speaking through His prophets for hundreds of years and they were getting fed up with unmet expectations.
We have the benefit of knowing the end of the story. We know that Jesus was the Living Water that those people were thirsting for. He was the refreshing oasis in that desert of disappointment and we sing together "You spread a table in the wilderness\Beside the waters You filled my cup." Nevertheless we're faced with the sinfulness of the world that we live in and our constant need to return to God. The chorus asks, "How can I thank You?" which is a simple and profound conversation with God. Rather than simply stating "Thank you, Lord" which may or may not come from a grateful heart on any given week we're asking the question of how such gratitude can be expressed. Knowing where we came from, prisoners to sin, we look to the One holding the key to freedom and wonder out loud how we might show our appreciation.
Lyrics and music by Trent Dabbs, Kate York, and Isaac Wardell
© 2016 Bifrost Arts 2016 All rights reserved
I was a prisoner; You held the key
the door was opened; You welcomed me
Oh I was guilty of every crime
but you took my place and you did my time
How can I thank you, Lord?
My broken heart, You have restored
How can I thank you, Lord?
You give me grace I cannot afford
I was an enemy but You made me a guest
You spread a table in the wilderness
Beside the waters, You filled my cup
O how I have settled for lesser loves
I was an orphan, but You called me “child”
I was a stranger; I was lost and defiled
Redemption found me from up above
O how I had settled for lesser loves
The vocal melody in the recorded version is embellished on the second line of each verse. This adds a lot of interest but would make it difficult for us to sing together. When Bifrost wrote out the sheet music for this song they simplified the melody and we follow this expression of the song with only slight variation.