Recently our pastor taught a series on sharing the gospel, and the importance of being prepared to do so. He went through a few 'plans', such as The Roman Road, The New Testament Road, and The Six Step Plan. The last plan was taken completely from the book of Isaiah. It's beautiful to see how God has woven the gospel throughout the Bible, and specifically in the book of Isaiah.
In Acts 8: 26-40, we see how Philip was able to use the book of Isaiah to preach Jesus to the Ethiopian Eunuch.
As I was taking notes, I could see a song taking shape. Given that I haven't written a song for well over a year, I started to get excited. The next morning, I took out my Bible, and my notes, and started writing. Our pastor had seven points, The People, The Prophet, The Problem, The Provision, The Plan, The Pardon, and The Peace. I didn't use all seven points, but combined them into four: 1. The Problem, 2. The Plan, 3. The Provision, 4. The Pardon.
By 2 pm, I had the lyrics finished. Below, I've shown the lyrics, with the corresponding scriptures. Some phrases are taken directly from the Bible, while some are paraphrased or my own wording.
He'll Give Rest ©Deborah Bolack 2016
V. 1 The Problem
57:20-21 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot find rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
1:4a Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evil doers, children, that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord,
53:4a Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:
Like a troubled, swirling sea,
that cannot find rest or peace.
Laden down with the weight of sin
No relief from your burdens and grief.
Chorus The Plan
55:6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
55:1a Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters,
14:3 And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve.
Seek the Lord while he may be found.
Call upon him while he is near.
If you're thirsting, come to the waters.
He'll give rest from your sorrow and fears.
V.2 The Provision
53:4b yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
53:3a He is despised and rejected of men
53:5a,b, But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities:
53:10a,b Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin,
53:12c because he hath poured out his soul unto death:
He was smitten of God and afflicted.
Despised and rejected of men.
Wounded and bruised; made an offering for sin,
Jesus poured out his soul unto death.
1:18 Come let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
55:7a Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:
The Lord says come let us reason.
Forsake wicked ways you have known.
Though your sins are like scarlet and crimson,
they shall be white as snow.
I have the music typed into my Coda Print Music program, and once I have a Band In a Box rendition, I'll add a link to my Lyric Devotions site.