You saw my conditionVerse 2 of “Run to the Father” by Cody Carnes
Had a plan from the start
Your Son for redemption
The price for my heart
I don’t have a context
For that kind of love
I don’t understand
I can’t comprehend
All I know is I need You
It has been a joy to begin worship through May with “House of the Lord.” I can feel the Spirit moving through our congregation with the energy that song gives to our praise. I have had many reach out to me with affirmation regarding both the new song, as well as toward the benefits of a more limited worship song library.
The keen worshippers among the congregation might have noticed that I have also slipped a new song into our time of communion. This space in the past has been a good place to test new music, as it is a time of passing and reflection and not intended to be 100% participatory. The song “Run To The Father” has been in my heart and in my private times of worship for the past few years and I hope it is an equal blessing to our corporate praise as well.
I first heard the song as an installment/series by Worship Together (worshiptogether.com) called “New Song Cafe”. This is a subsidiary of Capitol Records that promotes new music for Christian worship. The best part of the New Song Cafe is that they play a live minimalist recording of the song and then sit down with the artist/writer and talk about the song’s origin and what inspired them to bring it forward.
Three years ago, Cody Carnes sat down with the New Song Cafe and shared his co-write with Matt Maher (one of my favorite songwriters) called “Run To The Father.” If you would like to watch this visit (youtu.be/eE1OSZrsnaY). Released in the midst of the covid quarantines, this song was a breath of faith into those needing reminding of the steadfast love of the Father. The lyrical themes are wave after wave of Fatherly love; from the invitation to unload what burdens us (verse 1), to the incomprehensible nature of God’s grace (verse 2), and the repeat of “all I know is I need you.”
My favorite line is early in verse 1: “I wasn’t created to bear it (burden) alone.” It is that goodness and Fatherly kindness that reminds us that He initiates the forgiveness we need in our very created nature. What better way to come to the table and receive that grace in the blessed Communion. I pray that this song continues to bless the church. You can expect to sing it again the first weekend in June.