Redeemed

Another way God encourages me is through music.  Usually, when I’m driving to work and get lost in my own head and keep going round and round and round the same topic, God will put a song on the radio that lets me know that I’m not in this alone and that He hears what I need, even when I don’t even know how to pray about it.

As you’ve probably already figured out, I’m new in my faith, so it’s hard for me to leave my past life behind me and remember that all those things have been forgiven and washed away.  I’m convinced God inspires artists to write songs like this to remind me of His grace.

“Redeemed”  by Big Daddy Weave

Seems like all I could see was the struggle

Haunted by ghosts that lived in my past
Bound up in shackles of all my failures
Wondering how long is this gonna last
Then You look at this prisoner and say to me “son
Stop fighting a fight it’s already been won”

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, now I’m not who I used to be
I am redeemed, I’m redeemed

All my life I have been called unworthy
Named by the voice of my shame and regret
But when I hear You whisper, “Child lift up your head”
I remember, oh God, You’re not done with me yet

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, now I’m not who I used to be

Because I don’t have to be the old man inside of me
‘Cause his day is long dead and gone
Because I’ve got a new name, a new life, I’m not the same
And a hope that will carry me home

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, ’cause I’m not who I used to be

I am redeemed, You set me free
So I’ll shake off these heavy chains
Wipe away every stain, yeah, I’m not who I used to be
Oh, God, I’m not who I used to be
Jesus, I’m not who I used to be
‘Cause I am redeemed
Thank God, redeemed

There have been several times when I feel especially low that this song has brought me to tears because I so look forward to looking up and seeing the face of Jesus.  It is what gets me through the toughest of days.
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