From the album Under The Gaze.

Written by Carolyn Arends.

I make you in my image
More often than not
I keep you like a treasure
In my jewelry box
But you smash through my illusions
Like only you can do
And you break apart these idols
That I make of you
And oh – sometimes you whisper
But oh – sometimes you roar

You’re not a tame lion
You’re not meek and mild
Your tenderness is reckless
And your mercy’s wild
You’re not a lucky rabbit’s foot
And you’re not Santa Claus
There is a certain fury to the love of God
You’re not a tame lion

Your passion is consuming
Your holiness is fire
Your Spirit is a hunter
Whom no runner can tire
Your light shines in the darkness
To the corners of the earth
Your laughter is the music
Of the universe
And oh – you’re not safe
But oh – you are good

You’re not a tame lion …You’re the Lion of Judah, Spotless Lamb
The First and Last, the Great I AM
Word That Is and Is To Come
King of Kings, Three in One
Jehovah-Jireh, El Shaddai
El Elyon and Adonai
Lord of Life, Lord of Love
Son of Man, Almighty God

© 2004 Carolyn Arends Music (SOCAN)

Under the Gaze

About the Song

There are two CS Lewis quotes I’ve always loved: My idea of God is not a Divine Idea. It has to be shattered time after time. He shatters it Himself. He is the great iconoclast. Could we not almost say that this shattering is one of the marks of His presence?

AndWhat do people mean when they say ‘I am not afraid of God because I know he is good’? Have they never even been to a dentist?

Both these ideas are embodied wonderfully in the tender and ferocious lion Alsan who ultimately rules Lewis’ Narnia. Lewis, more than any other writer, has helped me to see the ways I attempt to domesticate God, and has urged me to instead celebrate the other-ness and awesome-ness and even fearsome-ness of our very great God. (Romans 11:33-36)

Lewis’ influence – and my own encounters with the wild side of God – began to bubble up in a song while I was waiting backstage for a concert to begin in Indiana. The whole concert I was trying to simultaneously perform and keep the new bits of music and lyrics tucked away safely in the back of mind.

Spencer’s extended fiddle solo in the middle of the track is our attempt to go to Narnia for a bit. I think I like it there!

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