The Grace of Adoption (2 Songs)

27. April 2017 Songs 0

So, sometimes you write a song thinking it should sound a certain way. When you’re done, you like it. But what purpose does it serve? If you’re writing in hopes that others might sing it, you need to be open to the opinion of others and be willing to change everything.

Let’s look at one of my songs, “Abba Father”.

Verse 1
Before the world was made
You chose us for your own (Eph 1:4)
Predestined us in grace (Eph 1:5, 11; Rom 8:29, 30)
Adopted us in love (Eph 1:5; Gal 4:5; Rom 8:15)
The blood of Jesus Christ
Has cancelled every debt (Eph 1:7)
Forgiven every sin
Abolished every threat (Eph 2:16)
I stood before my Judge in sin’s despair
Then looked at him and saw my Father there
Abba Father
Why would you chose someone like me
When I was your enemy (Rom 5:10)
You’ve made me your family
Abba, Father
Oh, your sweet, adopting grace!
Turning slaves into your daughters and your sons (Isaiah 43:6)
Verse 2
Though we were dead in sin (Eph 2:1)
And strangers to your love (Eph 2:12, 19)
You have brought us near
You have brought us home (Eph 2:19)
Now Jesus is my peace (Eph 2:14)
To God I’m reconciled (Eph 2:16)
Your Spirit I’ve received (Eph 2:18)
I know I am your child
Condemning voices in my soul:
Indwelling sin, your righteous law
But then by grace, I heard your voice
Telling me I’m yours

...sometimes you have to apply a little Taylor Swift logic to your songs. Click To Tweet

I originally wrote Abba Father in the same fingerstyle guitar approach that I write a lot of songs. I think I even played it like that one Sunday morning in church. It went something like this:


Not bad. It captured what I felt. But sometimes you have to apply a little Taylor Swift logic to your songs and write them to sound almost opposite the way the lyrics would naturally feel. I mean, listen to her songs. Ryan Adams did a good job rearranging and singing them the way the lyrics would feel if they were part of a conversation.

Back to my song …. I left it alone for a long time… years in fact.

But last year I shared it with my friend Andrew – a great musician whose opinion I respect. Andrew recommended I write it more in the style of Dustin Kensrue (whose music I love!). So I did… And this was the result:


Honestly, I love both. Every time I sing the line “I stood before my Judge in sin’s despair, then looked at Him and saw my Father there” I break up. You hear it on the recording! I’m all shaky. But that’s what the sweet, elegant truth of the grace of adoption does to me. It tears me up!  



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