The Economy Of Mercy

This is day 4 of 31 Days of Songs and Stories.  For an index of all the posts in the series, click here.

During this series, I’ll be featuring guest posts on Tuesdays and Thursdays and inviting some friends to share their stories about songs that God has used to speak to them or encourage them.

Today is the first guest post in the series and I’m delighted to welcome Debby Hudson.

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Some songs are as sacred as Scripture to me. I know they are inspired by the Spirit of God.

Does it matter to God what brings us closer to him?  Does it matter if it’s music or poetry or nature that helps us understand his love for us?  Words find their way into my soul combining with the music, allowing me to make an offering to God more than I could on my own.

Switchfoot is a band whose combination of sound and lyrics infuse me with energy.  I sing along in my car, beat the rhythm on my steering wheel. I close my eyes while the quieter melody plays through my earbuds, allowing the mood to wash over me.  

There are many of their songs I could choose. There are other bands whose words and rhythms capture me. I go back a long way with music, from the children’s choruses sung in Sunday School that taught me Jesus Loves Me and that he loves all the children of the world, through the decade of the 70’s with FM radio and my first record player. (Google record player if you aren’t familiar with that bit of American history.)

The summer following my parents’ divorce, the time mom and I moved to a new state and I spent the last month before school started alone in our upstairs apartment, the radio was playing James Taylor’s “You’ve Got a Friend” and I found comfort in that song. I wore deep the grooves of Carole King’s Tapestry album that same summer, again, her tender words meeting my grief and confusion.

I like a good hard-driving beat. I like to pump up the volume and tap my feet, playing drums on my knees or break into a clumsy move in the privacy of my living room. But it’s the gentle tunes with words of grace that bury their way below the surface and into that part of me that is touched as though it’s the hand of God holding me. This song from Switchfoot, The Economy of Mercy, is one of those songs.

There’s just two ways to lose yourself in this life
And neither way is safe
In my dreams I see visions of the future
But today we have today
And where will I find You?

In the economy of mercy
I am a poor and begging man
In the currency of Grace
Is where my song begins
In the colors of Your goodness
In the scars that mark your skin
Is where my song begins

These carbon shells
These fragile dusty frames
House canvases of souls
We are bruised and broken masterpieces
But we did not paint ourselves
And where will I find You?

Where was I when the world was made?
Where was I?

I’m lost without You here
Yes, I’m lost without You near me
I’m lost without You here
You knew my name when the world was made

 

Yes, in the currency of grace is where my song begins.

debby


I’m a beach-loving South Florida girl who grew up in the church but learned about grace from a group of men in recovery.  I like my tea sweet and my music loud. If laughing were a sport I’d be a champion.

Blog: debbyhudson.com
Twitter: @debby_hudson
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13 thoughts on “The Economy Of Mercy

  1. Two ways to lose yourself and neither is safe. If safe is what we are looking for perhaps finding Jesus is just too scary. He encompasses all that feels safe but he asks for our very soul and that is an huge risk, or so it seems before we unfold.
    Thanks for sharing that song, Debby. Thanks for inviting her, Lesley.

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    1. I love the quote from the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe where the question is asked about Aslan, “Is he safe?” The answer is, “Safe? No, he’s not safe, but he is good.” That is what you’re describing Gabriele. You put it so well. Thanks for joining in.

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    2. Thanks, Gabriele. It’s a pleasure to have Debby sharing here. So true that following Jesus can feel risky and not always safe.
      Debby, I love that CS Lewis quote. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. This is so thought-provoking. We’re in a season of kids music – All The Time. To the point that, when I’m driving alone, it takes too long for me to remember I can switch the music! We have a few science CDs that are on constantly right now, interspersed with the VBS soundtrack. Even though I can sing “I’m a Moose!” a bit too enthusiastically and I do miss my own choices, I love what we’re teaching the girls: To love nature and science and Jesus. If they learn these things through the music in our car, I’ll gladly give up my own preferences!

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    1. Music is a great way to teach kids and I agree we should make the most of that to teach them about the important things. I still know all the lyrics to songs I learned as a child because the music somehow helps me remember.

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    2. I often think how fortunate we were that the baby marketing industry didn’t start until our kids were a bit older. They were raised on classic rock 😉 But our daughter recently took our 8 year old granddaughter to a Megan Trainer concert. It’s coming, Annie!

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  3. Thanks for this great series Lesley, and thanks for good memories Debby! My daughter and son-in-law used a Switchfoot song for their wedding, “Your Love is a Song.” Music and song have such a deep way of touching our hearts! Those songs from the past that you mentioned take me back instantly to those days and times. I am so glad for the way the God uses music to turn our hearts to Him! Blessed to be your neighbor at #TellHisStory.

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  4. Debby, I’m with you. There are times when I love a good, driving beat. But the songs that speak the deepest to me are the softer, moving (often in a minor key) songs.

    I listened to a lot of James Taylor in college. 🙂 Nice to see we have some similar musical tastes. 🙂

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