Stronghold

So, it has been a while since I last posted any music on the blog.  So, I figured that I would take a break from the Fine, Thin Line posts for a Sunday music post. Here’s another song that I wrote called ‘Stronghold.” This is one of my favorite songs because of how I started to write the song.

The song started out with a vision of being holed up in a fortress, waiting for salvation to come and defeat the assailants. As I continued writing the words, though, the song transformed into a realization that the stronghold that I was in actually needed to come down. What I thought needed saving actually needed to to be destroyed because, ultimately, the LORD alone is our stronghold.

Lyrics:

You’ve commanded me to wait
patiently through the rain and the drought.

But I cannot see the purpose of You leaving me this way
with the bitter taste of heartache

I’m calling out through the storm. Won’t You come? Won’t You come?

I’m begging for You daily.
When I get no response, are You listening?

I’m fighting off my greatest fears,
and I’m failing here without You.

I’m calling out through the storm. Won’t You come? Won’t You come?

And all this pain through all these nights that seem so perpetual!

I’ve been holed up in this stronghold,
giving ground and giving ground.

All my rations here are failing.
This night will surely be my last.

I’m calling out through the storm. Won’t You come? Won’t You come?

And all this pain through all these nights that seem so perpetual!

My enemies tear down these walls I’ve made.
They declare that their war is won.

But I decide to shout Your name at the top of my lungs. Jesus!

They’re crawling over me for all my walls are gone.
They are the darkness, thinking they’ve robbed me of dawn.

But I’m calling on Your name at the top of my lungs. Jesus!

With all of my protection gone, I’ve got nothing to hold on to but You and You are strong.

You are my shining light perpetual!
You and You alone my perfect stronghold!

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