Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Shane & Shane - Acres of Hope

I had typed up this post a while back, and though the reason for posting it now is slightly different than it would have been originally, it's amazing how Jesus, our Lord, is our lover.
The scriptural inspiration for this song comes from Hosea 2:14-16:

“Lord, sustain me in the valley. Give me ears to hear Your sweet tender voice and lead me in to acres of hope in this dry and weary land.”
"Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt. ‘In that day,’ declares the LORD,’you will call me 'my husband'; you will no longer call me 'my master. (Hosea 2:14-16)

It reminds us to rest in the knowledge that God will be our husband (Isaiah 54:5) and take that wherever we go, however we choose to run away and pursue other things, He will always welcome us back. That is the message of Hope we preach in Christ- and that we get to spend an eternity with Him.



(Lyrics from http://www.shanebweb.com/lyrics/acresofhope.html)

He will allure her
He will pursue her
And call her out
To wilderness with flowers in His hand
She is responding
Beat up and hurting
Deserving death
But offerings of life are found instead

She will sing
She will sing
Oh, to You
She will sing as in the days of youth
As You lead her away
To valleys low
To acres of hope
Acres of hope

Here in the valley
Walk close beside me
Don’t look back
For love is growing vineyards up ahead
You have called me master
And though you’re in the dark here
Call me friend
And call me lover and marry me for good

She will sing
She will sing
Oh, to You
She will sing as in the days of youth
As You lead her away
To valleys low
To acres of hope
Acres of hope

How the story ends is
Love and tenderness in Him
Not safe, but worth it
So the valley’s up ahead
Or the ones we live
We’ll sing together
We’ll sing together

We will sing
We will sing
Oh, to You
We will sing as in the days of youth
As You lead us away
To valleys low
To acres of hope
Acres of hope