Thursday, September 20, 2007

Passion

Give me one pure and holy passion
Give me on magnificent obsession
Give me one glorious ambition for my life
To know and follow hard after You

To know and follow hard after you
To grow as your disciple in your truth
This world is empty, pale, and poor
Compared to knowing you, my Lord
Lead me on and I will run after you
Lead me on and I will run after you

Give me one pure and holy passion
Give me one magnificent obsession
Give me one glorious ambition for my life
To know and follow hard after you
To know and follow hard after you
To grow as your disciple in the truth
This world is empty, pale, and poor
Compared to knowing you my Lord
Lead me on and I will run after you

Lord to know and follow hard after you
And to grow as your disciple in your truth
This world is empty, pale, and poor
Compared to knowing you my Lord
Lead me on and I will run after you
Lead me on and I will run after you
Lead me on and I will run after you

©1988 PDI Praise\Dayspring Music, Inc.
Words and Music by Mark Altrogge


Passion – such a strong word evoking varying emotions. I know a few people who are truly passionate for Christ – they may even be viewed as obsessed. These people always inspired me to a deeper devotion to Christ – their passion poured over into my own life and infused me with passion too. Passion is contagious!

I want to be known as a woman of passionate faith, but I realize that this type of passion cannot be manufactured. People of passion are usually those with strong opinions, strong emotions and clear visions – they are passionate about the good and the bad. Their expressiveness brings to life anger, pain, love and joy in ways that my bookish thinking cannot.

Someone might think that a passionate person is impulsive because our society values restraint so highly. So that raises an important question: what does God value highly? What is His criterion in judging our hearts? Is He more concerned about our restraint or our honesty? I’m not answering the question, just posing it….

When I read the psalms, I see David’s passion exploding on the pages –crazy half-naked dancing before the Lord and righteous anger towards evil men. I see Christ’s passion in scripture too – overturning merchants’ tables in the house of the Lord, giving up His life for never-ending love, and mourning over those who denied Him as Lord.

My desire is to be passionate about one thing – one thing only – knowing Him and making Him known.

3 comments:

ellen b said...

The word passion has been spoiled for me in the world but it is a good description of David's love for God and I think I need to get over it and redefine it in my mind. Thanks for your thoughts on this...

Lynn said...

Thank you for this post. I still can't believe the passion our Father has for all of us broken and messed up.

I am undone when I think upon it.

Blessings, Lynn

Denise said...

Such lovely thoughts, thanks for sharing them.