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What follows here is one of the most moving works of art I have ever heard. At the bottom of the post is a link to the Youtube of this song, but i wanted to post the song lyrics here for those who "hear" better in written form. Misty Edwards is one of the most anointed ministers of worship of our day. Here you will find the gospel beautifully depicted in an encounter with Jesus. Please make time to read or listen this week as we move toward the Crucifixion and Resurrection celebrations this week.

 

The Harlot - Beauty Arise

I am broken
I am wounded
I am wretched and ashamed
and a harlot is like a chain around my neck
it's my name

She sings the song of humanity the song of you the song of me

They drag her through the city square
dragging her by her hair
she's kicking screaming and fighting

I'm broken I'm wounded
I'm angry and afraid
and a harlot is like a chain around my neck
it's my name

She's face down

There's tangled hair
everywhere as she's crying in the dust
as the dust turns to mud on her face

There's tangled hair
everywhere as she's crying in the dust
face down

Open up o open up o ground beneath me
how long does it take to stone one harlot down

I know the law as well as they do and I’m guilty, guilty
an adulterer, and I know I know

O will this day never end
how long does it take to stone one harlot

I am broken
I am wounded
I am wretched and ashamed
and a harlot is like a chain around my neck, it's my name

As the congregation of the righteous gather round
they are ready to stone her down

And someone from that frenzied mob
shouts out, "let's take her to the Teacher
let's test Him and see what He will say!"
An erruption of agreement

As they take her by her hair
they drag her through the city square
they're dragging her by her hair
she gave up the fight like a limp rag

They drag her through the city square
dragging her by her hair

She's faced down

I am broken I am wounded
I am angry and afraid
and a harlot is like a chain around my neck, it's my name
it's who I am

Open up o open up o ground beneath me

It wasn't supposed to end this way
but I am guilty and I know it
I've got so many plans so much to do
but now it's too late

Guilty and I know it

Face down

What is He doing?

As the congregation of the righteous gather round
they're ready to stone her down
they throw her at the feet of the Teacher

Dare I look up?
Surely they have brought me here to mock me..

There's tangled hair
everywhere as she's crying in the dust
as the dust turns to mud on her face

There's tangled hair everywhere she's faced down in the dust
in the mud
and there is a hush
in the congregation

What is he doing?

Time stands still

 

As the court of heaven was seated
there is a great throne of judgment
and there is the harlot and she is me

Face down

Looking through the tangled hair and the mud in my eyes
With a grimace I raise my gaze only to realize
I am surrounded by beauty that would never be mine
as regret like a wave came crushing over me

If I had only known that such beauty was available
if I had only known but now it's too late-

And the accuser of the brethren was pacing back and forth and back and forth and to and fro
as he spat out his words

He was going back and forth and back and forth
he was listing off my sins one by one
and the thing was he was telling the truth
guilty guilty guilty guilty

And the great count of witnesses and the angels o the angels
looked on the scene

As the accuser of the brethren was going back and forth
glee in his eye
guilty guilty guilty guilty
and resounded to the corridor of eternity and time
like a thunder in my soul

He was right I was guilty
guilty to eternal damnation for my soul
and there was nothing I could there was nothing I could do

Face down

Face down

Couldn't even open my eyes
the regret was so strong

There's a hand on my shoulder
a hand on my shoulder
and I hear a voice
like music in my ear

Dare I look up?

I couldn't lift my eyes but all I saw
were those beautiful feet
and I heard that voice like music
music to my soul

He said, "Father, I desire that she will be with me where I am.
show her my glory.

"Father, I desire this one
this one she is mine
she is mine
she is mine."

He was praying for my soul
He was pleading for my behalf
He was praying for me

I couldn't comprehend it
I couldn't understand what was going on

“Father, I desire that everything that's Mine would be hers and everything that's hers would be Mine.
Father, Father, I desire this one, this one,
she is Mine
she is Mine
she is Mine."

And all the heaven gasped unbelief
and I opened up my eyes
and I watched in wonder

This beautiful one stood to His feet

I looked up and there was a great throne and there was the Father
and He had a cup of wrath with my name on it
it had my name on it

And I was just about to rise to drink
guilty guilty guilty
but I watched in unbelief
As this Beautiful One
He walked over to His Father
and took of the cup

And before I knew what was going on
He drank of the cup
He drank of the cup

He drank of the cup of the Father's wrath
He drank of the cup of the marriage wine
He drank of the cup with my name on it
He drank of the cup
and oh the blood..

I jumped to my feet and I ran over to Him and it was too late

I tried to stop him but I didn't know it was too late

And oh the blood
and oh the blood
and oh the blood

It should have been me
and I was weeping and weeping
and I ran over forgetting where I was
and I fell down
face down
O please Father to crush Him
but it was too late

I began to plead it should have been me
it should have been me
but it was too late
why did he do it
but it was too late
and oh the blood

I was weeping and weeping and crying it should have been me
it should have been me
face down
Why did He do it?

It should have been me
was weeping and weeping
why did he gave his life
Oh the blood
was weeping and weeping
and I heard a whisper like music
"what's yours is Mine and what's Mine is yours"

I looked to the left
I looked to the right
and i was on a sea of glace like crystal

There was a great great great congregation dressed in white
from every tongue
from every tribe
from every people
and the music began
and a celebration erupted

and I opened up my eyes
and there was the Lamb
as though he was slain
and I was at a wedding
and I couldn't believe my eyes

I looked down
and I was dressed in garments
garments of beauty
and the music erupted and the angels sing hallelujah hallelujah the chorus broke out

And I looked out and saw the lamb with eyes like fire radiating radiating with desire
and he said what's yours is Mine and what's Mine is yours

Arise and sit on the throne, prepare for your beauty arise beauty arise, beauty arise

And we say with one heart and one voice
"Worthy is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sins of the world"

"Oh worthy is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sins of the world"

"Worthy is the Lamb of God yeah,
who takes away the sins of the world"

We will marry the Lamb
Halle halle hallelujah
Halle halle hallelujah
we will marry the Lamb forever amen

and worthy is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world
worthy is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sins of the world

hallelujah hallelujah

There's gonna be a wedding
There's gonna be a wedding
there's gonna be a wedding yeah people get ready

There's gonna be a wedding
There's gonna be a wedding
there's gonna be a wedding people get ready

There's gonna be a wedding
There's gonna be a wedding
there's gonna be a wedding

What's yours is Mine and what's Mine is yours
who can comprehend where this is going
He said, "Beauty arise, arise, arise"

Misty Edwards & David Brymer - The Harlot Lyrics

 

Misty Edwards - Beauty Arise (the harlot) - YouTube.

Behold, you are fair (beautiful), my love! Behold, you are fair! You have dove’s eyes. (Song of Songs 1:15 NASB)

This is one of my favorite concepts in the Song of Songs, this idea of dove’s eyes.

What do we know about doves?

First, they say doves are [i]monogamous. Not all birds are monogamous. Doves connect and stick with the same bird “till death do them part.” Some even migrate together, but at the very least they spend mating season together.

photo credit: AlicePopkorn via photopin cc
photo credit: AlicePopkorn via photopin cc

What Jesus sees when He looks into the eyes of our maiden is a faithful partner. This is great because she has yet to demonstrate anything that resembles faithfulness, but it is credited to her account on day one of their relationship. The same is true when you enter into a covenant with Jesus. The moment you step into relationship with the Shepherd King, you take on His faithfulness. He is able to present you faultless before His Father with exceeding joy. (That’s a great place to shout.)

Let’s think a bit about the dove in scripture.

Noah sent a dove from the ark as the water was receding. He sent the dove out 3 times. The first time it went out and returned – it found no resting place. The second time it went out and came back with an olive branch. Finally it went out and found a place to live.

Here is a picture I saw tonight as I re-read the account of Noah's dove. In Genesis 1:2 we see the Spirit of God hovering over the water, with nowhere to light. In Mathew 3:16 we see the Spirit of God descending over the waters of Jesus’ baptism. The dove stays for 3 ½ years, but returns again to the ark, this time with an olive branch, that branch from the root of Jesse (Romans 15:12,) the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6.) Finally a short time later, accompanied by the sound of a mighty wind (Acts 2:2,) He again hovers over the earth, and this time He stays – the earnest of our inheritance. (Ephesians 1:13)

So our girl ventures out of her place of safety and tests the waters, and she finds the olive branch of Jesus’ faithfulness.

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photo credit: Bill Gracey via photopin cc

Finally, and this is my favorite, they say doves have unique eyes. Dove’s eyes have a single focal point. They effectively have no peripheral vision.

Here you can understand this one thing is attractive to the Shepherd King about our maiden, her unflinching gaze toward Him. When she looks at Him she sees nothing else.

So it is with you and I. As the old chorus by Helen Lennel goes

[ii]Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Misty Edwards has written a wonderful song she calls Dove’s Eyes (click for a link to a YouTube of her singing it.) The lyrics are my prayer today. Will you join me?

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I don't want to talk about You like You're not in the room
I want to look right at You I want to sing right to You

I believe that You are listening
I believe that You move at the sound of my voice

Give me dove's eyes

Give me undistracted devotion for only You

Misty Edwards

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BenThanks for coming today.

See you next week.

Ben


[i] http://www.ask.com/wiki/Mourning_Dove

One more amazing share today - Misty Edwards singing The Harlot bringing you face to face with your sin, then your Savior.

Misty Edwards - Beauty Arise (the harlot) - YouTube.

for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need, before you ask Him. (Matt 6:7-8 NASB)

Have you ever been in a situation where people are praying and they just go on and on and on?

Have you ever been victim (or perpetrator) of one of these familiar favorites?

  • Preach-o-prayer
  • Teach-o-prayer
  • Inform-o-prayer
  • Rant-o-prayer
  • Correct-your-behavior-o-prayer
  • Correct-your-theology-o-prayer
  • Gossip-o-prayer
  • King-James-You-to-tears-o-prayer

Do you realize that God does not actually require information? We don’t have to bring Him up to date on the latest news.

I get how this happens. You are sitting in a prayer meeting, and you have already begun praying, and something comes to mind and you want to bring it before the throne of Grace, but no one else in the room is up to date. So you take a few minutes of prayer to inform God of the circumstances, and then bring your burden to Him.

Here is a suggestion. Break out of the religious habit that says once we start praying we should keep heads bowed, and all our words directed toward heaven until someone breaks that awkward silence at the end where people used to say “in Jesus name, Amen.” You know the moment.

Well what if – you just picked up your head, opened your eyes and said – Hey everybody, I want to let you know what is going on here, so we can agree in prayer together about it – give the update – and then address Our Father.

And while I am at it – have you ever been in a prayer meeting where in one breath we with eyes closed and heads bowed in reverent whispers are addressing our Lord and Master, and then in the same reverent form we rebuke the devil.

Did you ever consider that they are not on the same line?

Again, I suggest you open your eyes, get out of that reverent position and deal with the devil as if he was your enemy. Let’s not “pray” to him, eyes open, head high, with out any undue respect.

Let’s get back to prayer being a conversation with the Lord.

I love the Lyrics from Misty Edwards’ song “Dove’s Eyes” where she says:

I don’t want to talk about You like You’re not in the room, I want to look right at You, I want to sing right to You.

I get that prayer is a huge privilege and that it cost the broken body and shed blood of Jesus to secure us access to the Holy of Holies. But prayer should be a taste of heaven – full on worship – the joy of His presence and the experience of God invented pleasures, pure and untainted by sin. ‘O what a foretaste of glory divine’

Conclusion: When we pray, let’s act like God is in the room with us. [Tweet This]

Hey – thanks for stopping by today.

Ben

Here's the Misty Edwards song I mentioned. It will bless you - it is short and beautiful.