Just a little song I wrote
It’s Sunday, and as I’ve been pondering God’s power and mercy, His holiness and love, I was reminded, as I often am, that the only proper attitude toward Him is humility and submission. And I thought I’d share a song I wrote a few years back that talks about how pride keeps us from the kind of intimate relationship with God that He designed us for. And about how we need to “see the Lord” to recognize how ridiculous our self-righteousness is before His holy majesty, and how His patient love for us draws us to our knees.
I call it “Mask”.
(VS 1) Here I am. Look at me Aren’t I something to see? All shiny and clean and so blemish-free Aren’t You glad you saved me to be Humble, and so self-aware? The others, my brothers They’re doin’ okay But look at the way I obey everyday They’ve got a long way to go, wouldn’t you say? But me…I’m pretty much there Woe is me My eyes have seen the Lord I am undone My rags fall to the floor (CHORUS) My pride is a mask That melts like wax In the purifying light of Your love My vain disguise Dissolves before Your eyes This is me I can see This is truth (VS2) When I see You I see me I see what I do Like a child, I’m pretending, believing it, too I AM Superman; I’m one of the few Way better than the average guy Like the doughboy, I’m puffed up Proud as I am Putting on airs like a marshmallow man Putting my self-righteous self on a stand For the lesser ones to idolize What a joke Your love has made me see I’m a clown Thanks for NOT laughing at me (CHORUS) My pride is a mask That melts like wax In the purifying light of Your love My vain disguise Dissolves before Your eyes This is me I can see This is truth (BRIDGE) And when truth is uncovered Pretense is shattered My poor, needy self is laid bare With no mask to blind me I see You more clearly With no mask to hide me I see who I am With no mask between us You’re closer than ever I am humbled I am loved You are there (VS3) Now, tomorrow I’ll get up I’ll walk out the door Wearing a mask more grotesque than before It’s thinner but scratches and weighs so much more And I don’t think I’ll keep it on long ‘Cause I like how it feels To be free of the thing To be honest before You, no proud posturing The intimacy true humility brings So I’ll keep on singing this song (CHORUS) My pride is a mask That melts like wax In the purifying light of Your love My vain disguise Dissolves before Your eyes This is me I can see This is truth