Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Face Down Lepers, by DianaDee Osborne

FACE  DOWN  LEPERS  (The 2nd Samaritan)
Nothing But the Blood 
ALBUM:      Amazing  LORD 'n' Life   
Song location  http://DianaDeeOsborneSongs.com/NEW-Songs.php

Song Story:  THE  MUSIC:   
           A full year of other song projects left this song's complete Lyrics file in my Drafts folder for over a year.  One day while waiting for the computer to copy many meg of data onto a slow flash drive, unable to do any more file management at the same time,  I just clicked on my Drafts folder to see what might be interesting for the coming weeks. I found this song.
           I designed original music, of course, but with splashes of old hymns flitting
through the background.  Easter choir practices while writing the lyrics had inspired the first thoughts that the Holy Spirit developed into this song concept: 
             As Christians practice music singing “What Wondrous Love is This?” and “The Old Rugged Cross,”    sometimes the words -- and scriptures of Jesus's suffering themselves -- become so familiar that we've lost the awe and the SORROW as well as the joy-filled thanks for all Jesus did for us. 

Song Story:  THE  LYRICS:  
       This was another “written out in minutes” gift from God --the lyrics,  Now the music -- that   was a lot more difficult, with all the hip hop tracks to create and blend with traditional music.   NEEDED LOTS  of help from LORD God!
       The lyrics  were written in a church cemetery during Easter week after time at the altar. 
       I had found this story in Luke 17 and was amazed (and rather abashed) that I had never before noticed that the single person who returned to worship Jesus in thanks for being healed  was a Samaritan, like the key character in the parable Jesus told that we all know of as “The  Good Samaritan.”  That story is 7 chapters earlier, at the end of 

Luke 10.       (SONG STORY is continued at the end)
Dedicated to our  God, 20 April 2011
Segments include Public Domain hymn by Robert Lowry, CCLI #21332

      “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice
glorified God, and fell DOWN on his FACE at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a  SAMARITAN. So Jesus answered and said, 'Were there not 10 cleansed? But where  are the 9?   Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except  this foreigner?'”           --  Luke 17: 15-16  NKJV, after Jesus has healed ten lepers.

WHAT  can wash away my sins?  Nothing   but the Blood of Jesus.
What can make me whole again?  Nothing   but the Blood of Jesus.
Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow......
No other Fount I know:   Nothing   but the Blood of Jesus.
        We have read in Luke 17 in a village there were listening
TEN lepers who came to Jesus and begged Him for skin that's cleansed.
This is all my Hope and Peace: 
Nothing   but the Blood of Jesus.
This is all my righteousness:  Nothing   but the Blood of Jesus.
    Jesus sent them to church to be cleansed, 
            but just one leper came back to Him.
Weren't there 10 miracles?  Jesus asked --- 

                                                as ONE  man worshiped Him.
[Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow......
No other Fount I know:   Nothing   but the Blood of Jesus.]

        WE are all lepers to Holy God.  
        In our filthy sins, need His washing.
        DO we fall  *facedown*   like that man did to 
          THANK   and WORSHIP   Jesus?

You  and I are lepers.  We called to Jesus, “Heal me!”
We Christians are lepers,

                       whom Jesus cleansed of sins.
Most of use who Jesus healed of sins are like  9  men,  who
ran off happy, healed of filth,  satisfied with the minimum---  a
quick church visit to obey Him, but never even thanking Him.
The one man   who came back, people mocked as a Samaritan.
    He knew how much sin he had.  He felt awe and fell to the ground
    to show Jesus his deepest thanks --   EVEN  BEFORE  THE CROSS.

Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow......
No other Fount I know:  
Nothing   but the Blood of Jesus.
    WHAT   ABOUT     US?     
    Have we lost our awe that Jesus came to die on that Cross?
    DO we fall face down like that man did to 
                 thank and worship Jesus?

Song Story:  CONTINUED
     Sometimes we lose God's emphasis that He came to save the sin LEPERS 
of the world.  The “Samaritan”  LEPERS who have drifted somewhat from the
Truth in God's Word.    And us LEPERS who have categorized our sin disease as “not
as bad” as some people
.... forgetting that the least bit of rotting flesh nauseates our   Holy LORD God.  (2 Corinthians 2:16 for example). So He came to give us a way for complete healing  (MARK 10:45):
First John 1:9........  1.  If we confess our sins,       (verse 9)
                    2.  Jesus Christ, God's Son     (verse 7)
                    3.  will cleanse the rotting flesh of our leprosy sins.
BUT --   if we think our bit of leprosy isn't as bad as other people's....
verses 8, 10:    “we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us....     If we say that we have not  sinned, we  make   [CALL]   Him a liar,  and  His   word  is  not  in   us.”

Isaiah 1: 18 is often quoted --"Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool"   We LIKE this "HAPPY" verse.
But we have to go back and read the FULL description of God's description of us
when we sin during the week and then come to church "all holy" and "worshiping" --
Isaiah 1 beginning at verse 11:  
"What makes you think I want all your sacrifices?" says the LORD. "I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fattened cattle. I get no pleasure from the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. When you come to worship me, who asked you to parade through my courts with all your ceremony?     
          Stop bringing me your meaningless gifts; the incense of your offerings disgusts me! As for your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath and your special days for fasting— they are all sinful and false. I want no more of your pious meetings. I hate your new moon celebrations and your annual festivals. They are a burden to me. I cannot stand them! When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look. Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims. Wash yourselves and be clean! Get your sins out of my sight. Give up your evil ways. Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows. 
And  THEN we get the Joy of Isaiah 1 verse 18.  
When God tells us to REASON WITH HIM.   
"INNOCENT VICTIMS"  also are those we hurt with our GOSSIP and Lying and Mocking. May our churches not be guilty of allowing these .......
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