Chains unbroken remain in my life.
Always they're leading to sorrow and strife.
I have the liberty You gave when You died,
But still daily freedom, I'm seemingly denied.
Your resurrection power residing in me,
Yet still I don't walk as someone who's free.
Teach me walk in the freedom that's mine,
Leaving these chains, broken behind.
Oh that I'd know the fullness thereof,
A liberty poured out so freely from above.
Instead I stand as a beggar at Your feasting table,
Denying the power of Your grace that is able.
A grace in my life that's redeemed and restored,
A grace that's proclaimed my Jesus as Lord.
You opened the locks when You came with the key,
Yet still I remain with these chains cloaking me.
Like an eagle caged, weighted down to the floor,
I've neglected the wings You gave me to soar.
Oh to feast at the table You've set,
But continually my invitation, I seem to forget.
Open my eyes, that I may clearly see,
The freedom You died for was given to me!
Break through the bondage of fear and deceit,
Give me a heart that will not retreat,
The heart of lion that will not be restrained,
Until all that You have for me is fully obtained.
Teach me, O Lord, to walk in what's mine,
A life of liberty, wholly divine.
Not a beggar at all, but a child of Your choice,
Make my ears sensitive to the sound of Your voice.
Gently I'll walk toward Your voice as You call,
The closer I get, the more the chains fall.
As I walk towards You, the chains fall behind,
And I remember not only freedom, but Jesus is mine.
And in Your embrace, no chain can stand,
For each one will be broken by Your mighty hand.
Teach me to walk in the freedom that's mine,
To live out the liberty, wholly divine.
- Diana DePriest
© October 17, 2010
And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah.
And when He had opened the book,
He found the place where it was written:
“ The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”
Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”