The Reckoning

A friend of mine played ‘The Reckoning’ by Andrew Peterson at church a few weeks ago. I found it absolutely beautiful. I love the honesty of Peterson’s lyrics. Song lyrics often can express the feelings of our hearts when words fail – just look at the book of Psalms! Peterson’s song touches on trial, justice and waiting on the Lord. His honest cries are moving. It serves as a great reminder that in our waiting and struggle, we can cry out to God.  After all, he already knows what we’re thinking or feeling.  Why not admit it? In reality, God wants us to run to him. We may know that our situation will pass in time or that a particular trial is meant for our good but this does not negate our struggle and pain. We long for justice in our corrupt world. We yearn to know where God will direct us next. In all of these questions we must continue to run to Him with the honest condition of our hearts.

The Reckoning by Andrew Peterson

I can see the storm descending on the hill tonight
Tall trees are bending to your will tonight
Let the mighty bow down
At the thundering sound of your voice

I can hear the howling wind and feel the rain tonight
Every drop a prophet in your name tonight
And the words that they sing
They are washing me clean, but

How long until this curtain is lifted?
How long is this the song that we sing?
How long until the reckoning?

And I know you hear the cries of every soul tonight
You see the teardrops as they roll tonight
Down the faces of saints
Who grow weary and faint in your fields

And the wicked roam the cities and the streets tonight
But when the God of love and thunder speaks tonight
Down the faces of saints
Who grow weary and faint in your fields

And the wicked roam the cities and the streets tonight
But when the God of love and thunder speaks tonight
I believe You will come
Your justice be done, but how long?

You are holiness and grace
You are fury and rest
You are anger and love
You curse and you bless
You are mighty and weak
You are silence and song
You are plain as the day,
But you have hidden your face–
For how long? How long?

And I am standing in the stillness of the reckoning
The storm is past and rest is beckoning
Mighty God, how I fear you
How I long to be near you, O Lord

How long until the burden is lifted?
How long is this the song that we sing?
How long until the reckoning?
And I know that I don’t know what I’m asking
But I long to look you full in the face
I am ready for the reckoning


 

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