I recently wrote a new song that we have done in church a couple times now it is called “Running to You” this is the first song that I have written as a “worship song”. I have been working on the song for about 4 or 5 months, and was having trouble with what I wanted for a pre-Chorus. Then Pastor Kent started using Romans 5: 20 in his messages and he would use the J.B Phillips translation “Though sin is shown to be wide and deep, thank God his grace is wider and deeper still!” this was perfect for the pre-chorus for this song. The Chorus of this song was inspired by the parable of the prodigal son. This story is found in Luke 15:11-32. In this parable Jesus is speaking to tax collectors and “sinners” So He is speaking to you and me. In this story the son made a decision to follow the World, to leave his father and to live a life that was not pleasing to God or his father. After he spent all his father had given him he felt like he was unworthy of forgiveness he felt like he was so caught up in sin, that his father would disown him, and have nothing to do with him. He decided to go home and ask his father if he could be one of his servants. When his father saw him walking up the road Jesus said the fathers heart was filled with compassion for his son, and he ran to him and hugged him and kissed him.
I think a lot of people today feel like they are not worthy of God’s love that they have done so many bad things that God will not accept them, they feel they have to get things right before they can have a relationship with Him. Truth is sin does separate of from God, but thanks be to Jesus who took the penalty for our sin for us, so now we can have a relationship with Him. Just like the father was filled with joy when his son returned home, when we turn from the world and ask Jesus to forgive us and we follow Him, it brings Him that same joy that the Prodigal’s father felt when he saw his son return home.
So run to Jesus, He is waiting with arms wide open longing for the day when you leave this world behind and run into His arms, He will take you right where you are, He will hold you in His embrace and kiss you and say welcome home my child.
Running To You By: Topher Hodges
And though my sin runs so deep, Your grace runs deeper still
I am running, running into your arms it’s where I belong, I am running running to where I am safe with your embrace Jesus.