February 20, 2006

The "Squalor" Song

First heard this song on the Kingsway double cd "In Christ Alone - Yesterday, Today, Forever". Simple guitar tune and the songs speaks of who Jesus Christ is and what He has done for you and I. I was glad that R introduced this song to the church congregation last weekend. I shall choose this to sing at the coming weekend's service again :)

This is the first time I heard the word "Squalor". It basically means a filthy and wretched condition or quality or sordid dirtiness. This describes the condition of the stable where Jesus was born. Jesus the King and Saviour of the world was not born in a 6-star hotel but the squalor of a borrowed stable in Bethlehem...

From the Squalor of A Borrowed Stable
(By Stuart Townend)

From the squalor of a borrowed stable, by the Spirit and a virgin's faith
To the anguish and the shame of scandal, came the Saviour of the human race!
But the skies were filled with the praise of heav'n, shepherds listen as the angels tell
Of the Gift of God come down to man, at the dawning of Immanuel.

King of heaven now the friend of sinners, humble servant in the Father's hands
Filled with power and the Holy Spirit, filled with mercy for the broken man
Yes he walked my road and he felt my pain, joys and sorrows that I know so well;
Yet his righteous steps give me hope again, I will follow my Immanuel!

Through the kisses of a friend's betrayal, he was lifted on a cruel cross
He was punished for a world's transgressions, he was suffering to save the lost.
He fights for breath, he fights for me, loosing sinners from the claims of hell;
And with a shout our souls are free, death defeated by Immanuel!

Now he's standing in the place of honour, crowned with glory on the highest throne,
Interceding for his own beloved, till his Father calls to bring them home!
Then the skies will part as the trumpet sounds, hope of heaven or the fear of hell;
But the bride will run to her lover's arms, giving glory to Immanuel!

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