A Song For Those Wanting to Run Away

Many believers hear an occasional voice that tells them that life would be better if they would chuck it all and run away from God and from their believing community. I know I have heard this voice at times. This song weaves together the logic of Romans 8 and Psalm 139. Where can we possibly run from the God who is everywhere, from the God who even dwells within us? And why would we want to run when he’s already told us that nothing can separate us from his love? Running, far from delivering the kind of peace we are looking for, would instead make us miserable because of the dogged pursuit of the Spirit – who would lovingly never let us go. And he would be kind and right to deliver us from our temporary insanity. I know this thought has stabilized me during particularly discouraging moments. I am helped by this song when it comes around on my playlist, then today I found a medley where John Mark McMillan merges it with the song, “Stand by Me.” Listen for the transition at 4:26. So good!

There is not a man or a beast
Nothing on the land or underneath
Oh, nothing that could ever come between
The love You have for me

I could lay my head in Sheol
I could make my bed at
The bottom of the darkness deep, oh
But there is not a place I could escape You

Your heart won’t stop
Coming after me (Coming after me)
Your heart won’t stop
Coming after me (Coming after me)
Your heart won’t stop
Coming after, coming after me

There is not an angel of the stars
There is not a devil in the dark
Oh, nothing that could change
The way You are, the love You have for me

I could lay my head in Sheol
I could make my bed at
The bottom of the darkness deep, oh
But there is not a place I could escape You

Your heart won’t stop
Coming after me (Coming after me)
Your heart won’t stop
Coming after me (Coming after me)
Your heart won’t stop
Coming after, coming after me

-“Heart Won’t Stop” by John Mark McMillan

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