The (Lame?) Old Song That Just Won’t Let Me Forget

Erik Cooper —  January 14, 2014 — Leave a comment

Growing up as a church kid, I have the blessing (and curse) of a subconscious full of old church songs. They can erupt from the deep recesses of my frontal lobe at the strangest of times and from the most unexpected of triggers.

There were plenty of “haths” and “thees” and thirsty deers roaming around looking for water back in the day, old terminology and melodies we were determined to replace when I got into songwriting myself later in life. But what I never fully appreciated until my own hair started turning gray (and loose) was the volume of Scripture that was permanently attached to my spirit through a lot of those old lyrics. Lyrics like this:

If the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead
Dwells in you, Dwells in you
It shall quicken your mortal bodies, by that spirit that dwells in you
It shall quicken your mortal bodies, by that spirit that dwells in you

You’re welcome.


That song never quite musically lived up to the Billy Joel, Journey, and Elton John hits my dad and I would listen to Casey Kasem spin on the ride home from church on Sundays, but it means everything to this almost 40-year old leader and father of three who doesn’t have to be awake too long in the morning to be reminded he’s in way over his mortal head.

You see, that (lame?) old song that’s been lodged in my brain for nearly four decades now came right out of Romans 8:11. Absorb it’s meaning here in the Message paraphrase:

“When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!”

And is reaffirmed in a different way in Ephesians 1:19-20:

“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.”

As I wearily sat at my kitchen table early last Wednesday morning, these verses (and that crazy old song) reminded me of an unbelievable truth this mortal far too often forgets.

The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to you and me.

Did you catch that?! Can you process that?! (That’s crazy).

It’s not all on you because He lives in you. If you’ll let Him.

(Pause. Reflect. Chew.)

Thank God for His promises. Thank God for access to Something greater. And thank God for a (lame?) old song that just won’t let us forget.

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