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You Are

Aaron Niequist

 

Ground of all that’s good and

beautiful and right

more than Heaven can contain

You give order to the stars and to my life

more than Earth can ever tame

 

for we have heard Your song

we sing it all day long

joining Your Eternal Melody

 

we love the way You are,

the way You love and lead,

the way You recreate,

emancipate,

the way You love and love and love

 

and we cry “Holy!  Holy!”

You are so powerfully beyond me.

we cry “Holy!  Holy!”

You are so beautifully unlike me.

 

God, You fight for all the broken and oppressed

You are found among the poor.

God, You hear me even

when my heart’s a mess

and our cries You can’t ignore.

 

repeat chorus

 

women: 

all – Heaven and Earth cannot contain

Heaven and Earth cannot contain

Your ways

Your ways

 

men:

better than religion makes You seem

You are even better than we’ve

ever dared to dream

ever dared to dream

 

for we have heard Your song

and Heaven sings along

a chorus of Redemption’s history

 

repeat chorus

 

©2006 AARONieq Music

You Are

being the slightly-out-of-touch-with-my-emotions male that I am, the thought of “loving God” can make me feel a little weird. i don’t really connect with love songs to God or prayers that could have come from a hallmark card. however, one day I was thinking about all the things I respect and love about God, and found myself praying “I love the way that You are,” and that awkward prayer turned into this song. a few months later, partially inspired by brian mclaren’s writings, I completed it with a line that sums it all up: better than religion makes You seem; You are even better than we’ve ever dared to dream.

musically, I’ve always pictured this song as a freight train threatening to come off the tracks. the louder, the bigger, the wider, the better…

 

 

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