Lord, Answer Again


Lord, Answer Again

“'Lord, Answer Again' is Fr Nelson Koscheski’s reflection on Jesus in Psalm 4. The refrain and tune is my own internalizing and response to his poem. The psalm itself reminds us that God answers those who call to him. When we are ashamed, afraid, angry or under attack, we may be tempted to turn to other means for relief, but the psalmist shows us what to do. And Jesus exemplifies the way perfectly, remaining silent before his accusers. If anyone had the right, even the power to subdue the enemy, it was Jesus. Yet he chose the cross and calls us to do the same. A Christian chooses the cross instead of resorting to violence. A Christian chooses the cross instead of hiding in shame. A Christian chooses the cross instead of consuming frivolous things. And a Christian calls out to the God who answers." (Ryan Flanigan)

Written by Ryan Flanigan (BMI), Nelson Koscheski (BMI)
© 2017 Common Hymnal Digital (BMI), Ryan Flanigan Music (BMI) (admin by CapitolCMGPublishing.com). CCLI 7106950.

Lord, answer again, you who always hear
The foe attacks my soul with shame and fear
Is sin erased, is mercy really shown?
Will providence suffice, are my needs known?

Your promise, Lord, in Christ’s own blood is life
Attendant help at hand for souls in strife
For sacrifice was made on Calvary’s hill
The Lamb of God fulfilled your holy will

Answer me again, you who hear my voice
Angry as I am, silence is my choice
Now I lay me down to rest

As many call for fuller barns and banks
As ask for grace and give you hearty thanks
As many ask for tranquil times and ease
As pray your kingdom’s holy reign increase

Your joyful presence, in holy hearts, is more
To be desired than wealth or fullest store
With you, dear Lord, is peace and wholeness kept
And life is lived and grace not overstepped



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