“You who laid the foundations of the earth, So that it should not be moved forever” (Psalm 104:5).
Into the dust, You breathed Your life and soul;
I was below the dust, You made me whole.
In stubborn pride, I wandered the wilderness,
Now I walk the Eden of Your righteousness.
I was a broken vessel, shattered, dishonored, and in disarray.
Then You gathered up my shambles, to mold them as a potter does clay.
Spreading seeds of faith on dry soil,
You saved me from this mortal coil.
Your spirit fell on my heart of stone,
Redeeming what I could not atone.
Beneath the moorings of the mountains,
I laid myself in the grave;
You crossed the chasm, broke my prison bars,
And this poor sinner saved.
With sweat and toil, I built my house, confident in my thinking;
“I am wise!” I cried, yet my foundation was sand that was sinking.
You plucked me from the pit, which I dug lacking all reflection,
And hid me in the rock, to place me under Your protection.
You are the chief cornerstone, which crushes my sin like fine sand.
On the foundation of your promises, I make my stand.
I hung a millstone about my neck, to cast myself into the sea;
Taking off my burdens, You hung them up on the mount at Calvary.
The mountains bow down to You in reverence,
So who am I, that You come to my defense?
The weight of guilt pulled me down into miry clay,
Reaching down, You raised my hope out of dismay.
For my sake, You rested in a tomb in the earth,
To keep me from the pit, and give me second birth.
I will rejoice from the mountain of the Lord, I will rejoice!
For from the mountain of my God and King, He gave me a choice:
To stay below, and to the dust return, as is the Earth’s way,
Or ascend to Him, and walk the new earth on that glorious day!
The earth will quake, and with the stones we’ll cry,
“Behold, our redeemer, the Lord Most High!”
“I will praise You, for You have answered me, and have become my salvation. The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” (Psalm 118:21-23).