Wednesday, August 26, 2009


The "Hard to Get" Jesus

This is a very nice rendition of one of Rich Mullins' final compositions, performed by former American Idol contestant Phil Stacey:

Rich didn't have the chance to professionally record this amazing song before his death in 1997, so his demo version was cleaned up and produced posthumously on "The Jesus Record". This recording was made on a boom box in an abandoned Illinois church just nine days before he died, and the amateur quality contributes to the haunting effect of Rich's words.

What's truly wonderful about Rich's music is the poetry, and the way his thirst for God defined his life. What I find convicting about the lyrics is the fact that I seldom, if ever, experience this kind of thirst. They have a Psalm 42 quality about them.

Rich no longer thirsts after God ... he is now fully quenched with Him in heaven, in radiance, in eternity ...

You who live in heaven
Hear the prayers of those of us who live on earth
Who are afraid of being left by those we love
And who get hardened by the hurt

Do you remember when You lived down here where we all scrape
To find the faith to ask for daily bread
Did You forget about us after You had flown away
Well I memorized every word You said

Still I'm so scared I'm holding my breath
While You're up there just playing hard to get

You who live in radiance
Hear the prayers of those of us who live in skin
We have a love that's not as patient as Yours was
Still we do love now and then

Did You ever know loneliness
Did You ever know need
Do You remember just how long a night can get?
When You were barely holding on
And Your friends fall asleep
And don't see the blood that's running in Your sweat

Will those who mourn be left uncomforted
While You're up there just playing hard to get?

And I know you bore our sorrows
And I know you feel our pain
And I know it would not hurt any less
Even if it could be explained

And I know that I am only lashing out
At the One who loves me most
And after I figured this somehow
All I really need to know

Is if You who live in eternity
Hear the prayers of those of us who live in time
We can't see what's ahead
And we can not get free of what we've left behind
I'm reeling from these voices that keep screaming in my ears
All the words of shame and doubt blame and regret

I can't see how You're leading me unless You've led me here
Where I'm lost enough to let myself be led
And so You've been here all along I guess
It's just Your ways and You are just plain hard to get.

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