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11. Magnificent Obsession

#1s Volume 1
by Steven Curtis Chapman


Lord, You know how much
I want to know so much
In the way of answers and explanations
I have cried and prayed
And still I seem to stay
In the middle of lifeís complications
All this pursuing leaves me feeling like Iím chasing down the wind
But now itís brought me back to You
And I can see again

This is everything I want
This is everything I need
I want this to be my one consuming passion
Everything my heart desires
Lord, I want it all to be for You, Jesus
Be my magnificent obsession

So capture my heart again
Take me to depths Iíve never been
Into the riches of Your grace and Your mercy
Return me to the cross
And let me be completely lost
In the wonder of the love
That Youíve shown me
Cut through these chains that tie me down to so many lesser things
Let all my dreams fall to the ground
Until this one remains

You are everything I want
And You are everything I need
Lord, You are all my heart desires
You are everything to me

You are everything I want
You are everything I need
I want You to be my one consuming passion
Everything my heart desires
Lord, I want it all to be for You
I want it all to be for You

Written by Steven Curtis Chapman ©2001 Sparrow Song / Peach Hill Songs / BMI / Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing

Behind the Song:
'This idea came during a sermon I heard my pastor Scotty Smith preaching. He was using Paulís words that ĎI will boast in the cross of Christ.í The cross represents Godís expression of love and it represented life for Paul. The cross and Jesus giving his life for him led to Paul becoming obsessed with the cross. Scotty said it became Paulís magnificent obsession. Itís the best use of that word. Obsession is usually a negative thing. You donít want to be obsessed by anything unless it is the one thing that we were created for and that is our relationship with God. Scripture talks about losing your first love. When we first really discover the grace of God and a life of faith thereís a passion. And then we become familiar and trivialize it. This song talks about wanting God to recapture my heart with that again. To say to Him youíre everything I need, I depend totally on you; youíre all I want. I want you to be the one thing that consumes me and my passion and my desire. I want you to be my magnificent obsession.' - Steven Curtis Chapman

(Matt 13: 44-46; Heb 12: 2; Phili 3: 8- 10)




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