‘Keep’ lyrics, vocals & guitar by LS James (composed on 25 July 2015

‘Amazing grace’ a bootleg recording of L.S James on vocals & blues harp (Friday 9 Oct 2015. Recorded during my morning walk @ Pierce Reservoir)

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Hasid (No.2) by LS James 2015 Oil on wood 15.5

Hasid (No.2) by LS James 2015 Oil on wood 15.5″ X 20″

‘KEEP’ lyrics, vocals & guitar by LS James (composed on 25 July 2015 and its bootleg recording made at 0100hrs on Sunday 26 July 2015.

With regards to the background of this song, I wrote it in July while praising and thanking God in having completed a certain painting. And while doing so, one song came followed by another. So when I got  home, I plugged in the electric guitar and recorded this song on the mobile phone. Its a simple bootleg recording which found some favorable response from the people to whom I sent via WhatsApp.

As to the style of the song it falls in the genre of folk blues that explains my early influence of American folk songs. With regards to the lyrics, its actually a simple prayer that says,

“Jesus, Jesus, keep me from falling from the fear of You. I don’t want to lose my reward of You.”

So what is this ‘Fear of the Lord‘ if it is more than a cliché that points to ‘a reverential awe of God‘?

That Scripture places a high premium on ‘The fear of the LORD’ (Proverbs 1:7) Jesus Himself stated this: “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!” (Luke 12:4-5)

This song is therefore a call to have a proper approach to ‘fearing God’

1) that He is THE Creator and we are but His creatures ‘made a little lower than the angels‘ but highest among beasts (Psalm 8:5; Genesis 1-3);

2) that He is seated on His heavenly throne in the Most Holy Place and we, though seated in Christ, are but lowly pilgrims treading the soil of this earth which is all but His footstool (1 Chronicles 28:2; Psalm 99:5);

3) and finally that we ought to behold God not only in His magnificent multi-faceted glory but also to behold the sheer terror of His unbridled wrath and the horror when He routs His enemies, judges and condemns them into the pit where they shall suffer the conscious torments of hell, brimstone and fire for all eternity (Matthew 25:46Luke 16:23).

So lest we as the Redeemed of the Lord (Isaiah 62:12; Psalm 107:2) that call now Him ‘Abba Father’ (Romans 8:15-17) fall into the danger where ‘familiarity breeds contempt’ and God is made a buddy or a lap-dog that eats from our fingers, there must be some degree of ‘fear and trembling’ when sinners approach a holy God (Philippians 2:12).

And when we have a proper ‘fear of God’ only then will the draw of the world will lose its appeal because of a right standing with God that complies with a proper understanding with Him and thus a good conscience with God that altogether defines ‘the fear of the LORD.’

As to the second part of the song which says ‘I don’t want to lose my reward of You’, its about this: when we get to heaven – not if but when – each and every one of us will receive our reward or rewards, whatever they may be. But the biggest reward, in my humble opinion, is God Himself – to behold Him and dwell with Him and in Him and forever. Amen.​

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