O Come To The Altar

[Verse 1:]
Are you hurting and broken within
Overwhelmed by the weight of your sin
Jesus is calling
Have you come to the end of yourself
Do you thirst for a drink from the well
Jesus is calling

[Chorus:]
O come to the altar
The Father’s arms are open wide
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ

[Verse 2:]
Leave behind your regrets and mistakes
Come today there’s no reason to wait
Jesus is calling
Bring your sorrows and trade them for joy
From the ashes a new life is born
Jesus is calling

[Chorus x2:]
O come to the altar
The Father’s arms are open wide
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ

[Bridge x2:]
Oh what a Savior
Isn’t he wonderful
Sing alleluia, Christ is risen
Bow down before him
For he is Lord of all
Sing alleluia, Christ is risen

[Chorus x2:]
O come to the altar
The Father’s arms are open wide
Forgiveness was bought with
The precious blood of Jesus Christ

[Verse 3:]
Bear your cross as you wait for the crown
Tell the world of the treasure you’ve found

 

Our new worship song for May is O Come to the Altar by Elevation Worship.  I encourage you to listen to this song, download it, pull it up on Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, etc., and just listen to it for a little while.

Here is a devotional by Doug Hewitt that really makes you think about this song and the impact it can have on our worship services, our church, and our community:

“Say to them, ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord GOD, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’ – Ezekiel 33:11

 
The Hebrew word for turn is “shub” pronounced “shoob”. It means to return or to bring a person back again to the place where they belong.

I am convinced that many Believers, as well as, seekers, think that God is angry with them, or at least, very dissappointed. This could not be further from the truth. God loves repenters! (Acts 3:19)

While it is true that God in deed hates sin; the reason for the hatred is not the sinner, but the fact that sin actually disprupts and intrudes on the love relationship that He so wants to develop. (Isa. 59:2)

That love relationship will grow, or in the case of a person seeking after the heart of God for the first time, will begin, when he turns from his sin to God through His Son Jesus, the Christ.

That’s what is meant by “Coming to the altar”.

Most Sunday morning worship services include an invitation to come to the altar. Although we certainly don’t need to wait until then to repent and return to Jesus, that’s not a bad time to do so.

O Come to the Altar, the Father’s arms are open wide; and, so are ours.