Song Story #2 – “Let It Be Me”

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Let It Be Me

I’ve talked about this some already, but I have had a sometimes crippling fear of my children repeating the same harmful sin habits as me.  Why?  Why would I think that way?  Why would God allow me to think this way?

The best explanation I can think of, is to lead me to Him.  From Genesis 18:

Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous  that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”

The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.  Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?  What if there are fifty righteous people in the city?  Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?  Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike.  Far be it from you!  Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes,  what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty?  Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?”

“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”

Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”

He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”

Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?”

He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”

Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?”

He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”

Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?”

He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”

When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.

We see here the Lord had laid out His plan to Abraham.  A horrible plan, to obliterate a city, for their wickedness.  As much as we may hate it – justice…

But Lot, Abraham’s cousin lived there.  And Abraham was worried for his family member.  To the point of pleading with the Creator of the universe – even at risk of his onw life!  For Lot.

He did not toil over Lot.  He did not blame God for it.  He did not go and try and save Lot himself.

He brought it to the Lord.

And that was God’s plan all along – to draw Abraham to him.

So I’m convinced that my fear over my children’s lives, God allows so that I will come to Him.  And He responds as lovingly as He did with Abraham…  Because I too, am His…

I based the lyric on this passage in Romans 9:

I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit—  I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart.  For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people

This song is my pleading, my crying out, to God, for my children.  Not them, Lord, let it be me…

Let It Be Me
It’s not as if I can take things back, or undo the things I’ve done
But just this one thing is all I ask, keep them free from all my wrong

Let it be me, O God
Let it be me, O Lord
Let it be me…

I have great sorrow and anguish, Lord, the weight, it crushes my heart
If cursed I could be for their sake, to save them from this part

Then let it be me, O God
Let it be me, O Lord
Let it be me, O God
Let it be me, O Lord

I speak the truth in Christ…
I don’t want them to die

Let It Be Me

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