Don’t Stop the Madness

The lyrics of Tenth Avenue North’s song, Don’t Stop the Madness form a bold prayer.  They fly in the face of my deeply cherished craving for an easy life.  More importantly, they express faith in God’s character and purposes.  By God’s grace, I think I’m coming to the point at which I can sing this prayer with at least a measure of integrity.  I am both surprised and grateful by this work of grace in my life.

Here are the lyrics.  I call special attention to those in the boldface font.

There’s a beggar down inside of me
Standing on the corner of the street
And my shame is my only company
Can use some cash, but can’t admit my need
For what you’ve got and what I could receive
I need you love to come and break the silence

Don’t stop the madness
Don’t stop the chaos
Don’t stop the pain surrounding me
Don’t be afraid, love, to break my heart
Just bring me down to my knees, yeah

All I hear is what they’re selling me
That God is love, he isn’t suffering
And what you need’s a little faith and prosperity
But, oh my God, I know there’s more than this
If you promise pain it can’t be meaningless
So make me poor if that’s the price for freedom

Don’t stop the madness
Don’t stop the chaos
Don’t stop the pain surrounding me
Don’t be afraid, love, to break my heart
If it brings me down to my knees, yeah

In a marriage lost
And the cry in the dark
Don’t stop with your love
And the mother’s tear
For the child that starves
Don’t stop with your love
When we’re breaking down
We’re falling apart
Don’t stop with your love
And with new eyes to see
This is your mercy
Don’t stop with your love

Don’t stop the madness
Don’t stop the chaos
Don’t stop the pain inside of me
Do whatever it takes to give me your heart
And bring me down to my knees, Lord

 

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