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06. Changed Forever

by TobyMac


I heard Your name, but never seen Your face
Been touched before but never Your embrace
Had a soul to lose and the world to gain
But then You whispered my name

And I heard the truth but never from Your lips
Bought the lies of many counterfeits
Dreamed my dreams, but they were never in color
And I searched for You in many others

I was down for the count

Then I saw Your face
Just a glimpse of Your face, and my whole world changed
Then I saw Your face, and I was changed forever
Changed forever now
Then I saw Your face
One glimpse of Your face, itís a whole new game
Then I saw Your face, and I was changed forever
Yours forever now

If I could reach the stars, I could touch the sky
And if I spread my wings, I could almost fly
I had everything paper could buy
I was lost in my disguise

And if I played my role, they would feel my style
If I bought the night they would buy my smile
Iíve been runniní this game for a million miles
Believiní my own lies

I was down, I was out

I was blinded by my selfish dreams
Everything ainít what it seems
From inside to out, there ainít no doubt
I been changed

Nothing short of satisfaction
Your love caused a change reaction
I can tell you this much I felt your touch
And Iím changed

When I was down for the count, Your love surrounded me
Blink of an eye
I saw my destiny

Change, rearranged Ďcause I couldnít maintain
The heart it took to even stay in the game
One look in Your eyes even I realized
A fellow like me had been put down to size
To be built up in a better way, Your way
Yahweh ain't about to fade
Bombastic, ainít no way to mask it
I saw Your face, and my old wayís blasted

Iím Yours forever now

(Featuring Nirva Ready)

Behind the Song:
ďThis song has been around the block. It was going to be on Diverse City (2004), but didnít make it. Then it reemerged for Portable Sounds (2007), but didnít make it. Iíve always loved it, but I just never nailed the recording process or the production process. But I felt like we nailed it this time. The song is about the thought of seeing Godís face and in an instant being changed. The idea originated at a Brennan Manning retreat we did a long time agoóa no communication retreat; we could only talk at dinner. At that retreat, thatís one of the first times I feel like I saw Godís face; I feel like he gave me a glimpse of Daddyís love. Itís a little crazy, but I just imagined Him stroking my head. Thatís where the thought came from, ĎThen I saw your face, and I was changed forever.í Iíve always held onto that image.Ē - tobyMac




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