Be Lifted High

 Be Lifted High

This past Sunday, we sang the song “Be Lifted High”, written by Leeland Mooring and made popular by Michael W. Smith on his CD entitled “Stand.”  We actually closed our service with this arrangement but during the sermon, our guest Pastor, made a reference to the song lyrics stating that it was about “sin personified” which I found to be an intelligent observation.  The lyrics are included below:

 

Be Lifted High – by Leeland Mooring

 

Sin and its ways grow old;

All of my heart turns to stone,

And I’m left with no strength to arise,

I need to be lifted high.

 

Sin and its ways lead to pain;

Left here with hurt and with shame.

So no longer will I leave your side;

Jesus, you be lifted high.

 

You be lifted high,

You be lifted high,

You be lifted high in my life,

Oh God.

And I fall to my knees,

So it’s you that they see,

Not I.

Jesus, you be lifted high.

 

And even now that I’m inside your hands;

Help me not to grow prideful again.

Don’t let me forsake sacrifice,

Jesus you be lifted high.

 

And if I’m blessed with the riches of kings,

How could I ever feel that it was me?

For you brought me from darkness to light,

Jesus, you be lifted high.

 

You be lifted high,

You be lifted high,

You be lifted high in my life,

Oh God.

And I fall to my knees,

So it’s you that they see,

Not I.

Jesus, you be lifted high.

 

Oh Jesus, you be lifted high,

Oh you be lifted high,

Oh you be lifted high in my life,

Oh God.

And I fall to my knees,

So it’s you that they see,

Not I.

Jesus, you be lifted high

 

Copyright (C) 2006 Meaux Mercy, CCLI # 4831442

 

Leeland Mooring is also an accomplished musician.  He leads a band known as “Leeland” (he’s the red headed kid in the center of the picture).  The following comments are from the song writer himself on what the song means to him:

 

Everywhere we look there’s something that is trying to steal our devotion and attention.  Whether good or bad there’s so many things that if we aren’t careful, can rob us of our hunger and passion to know the Lord.  Everything in this world will always be temporary.  Even the love we have for other people isn’t eternal.  The only place we’ll ever be truly satisfied is in the presence of the Lord.  The presence of the Lord is where we find hope, vision for our lives, healing, love, restoration from past hurts, and honor in the eyes of Jesus.

 

In Psalm 62 vs 1 David says ” My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him.”  Later on in verses 7&8 David continues to say ” My salvation and my honor depend on God; He is my mighty rock, mighty refuge.  Trust in Him at all times, Oh people pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.”  David not only said our honor depends on God, but he went as far as to say our salvation depends on God!  Then he urges the people to pour out their hearts to God.

 

I believe God’s love for the world is very much eternal and so is His salvation, but I also believe that we can be so hardened to God sometimes that without even knowing it we can walk away from Him.  No one is perfect and the great part about that is that God knows it.  He knows that we fail and we fall sometimes in our walk with Him, but the most important thing to remember is that when we get back up, it brings honor to the Lord.  So don’t be discouraged in your faith.  Just make the effort every day that you live and in the way that you live, to lift Jesus up and make Him the center of everything.

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  1. While I really like this song and am using it for my Youth Choir, the thing that brings tears to my eyes is the phrase “so its you that they see, not I….” . While the sentiment is very beautiful, it is the atrocious grammar that makes me weep. If I wrote this song I would be embarrassed to publish something with such a glaring error….poetic license or not.

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