Saturday, March 3, 2012


O Gaze of Love, So Melt My Pride

"Hymn" ranks as Mrs. Jailer and my favorite Jars of Clay song.  We're suckers for poetry.  Having said that, I must confess I have yet to figure out what all the lyrics are supposed to mean.  Even giving room for poetic license, "And Truth shall Thee forever reign?"  It almost has the feel of someone trying too hard.

Ah well.  If you have a better explanation I'd love to hear it.  Otherwise enjoy.  We always do.

O refuge of my hardened heart 
O fast pursuing lover come 
As angels dance around Your throne 
My life by captured fare You own 

Not silhouette of trodden faith 
Nor death shall not my steps be guide 
I'll pirouette upon my grave 
For in Your path I'll run and hide 

         [Chorus:] O gaze of love so melt my pride 
         That I may in Your house but kneel 
         And in my brokenness to cry 
         Spring worship unto Thee 

When beauty breaks the spell of pain 
The bludgeoned heart shall burst in vain 
But not when love be 'pointed king 
And truth shall Thee forever reign 
Sweet Jesus carry me away 
From cold of night and dust of day 
In ragged hour or salt worn eye 
Be my desire, my well sprung lye 
[Chorus x 2] 
Spring worship unto Thee 
Spring worship unto Thee


  1. This makes absolutely no sense. I tried. Really, I read it three times and can't see the meaning. But perhaps I am dense. With so much rich hymnody already written, perhaps Jars of Clay should have borrowed a text?

  2. Hmmm! Maybe it's just too late... my mind is like mush right now, but I've seen better, deeper. Good night!

  3. "Nor death shall not my steps be guide" -- eh?

  4. "And Truth shall Thee forever reign?" Means Jesus! John 14:6 "I am the Way, the Truth and the Light, no one comes to the Father except through Me."
    "Nor death shall not my steps be guide" Matthew 6:13 "This is taken from the Lord's Prayer. "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one."

    Just my two appears to be a mishmash of scripture put to poetic prose.
    God bless the Jailer......your words are heartfelt and courageous!


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