For His Own Sake

There are some songs that you get pregnant with and you can’t help but finally just to let it out. This is one of those songs. Whether through my own life or through the deep suffering of dear friends, I have been working through this aspect of our walk with Jesus. What does it mean to love the almighty God when he allows calamity? What should we expect in this life? After spending much time in the word and prayer, after trying to teach these truths to myself and those around me, this song comes and it sums up one of the largest truths that has emerged during this season. That I do not love God for what he does for me. I love him for who he is alone. That is what it means to really love. He is worthy of my love, my strength, my devotion and honor. And it is not just that I am obliged to give my everything to him. I want to. In fact, there is nothing I want more than to give my all to my God. This song was recorded live in worship on Palm Sunday.

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Vocals: Nathan Partain, Katherine Green, Kyle Ragsdale
Guitar: Nathan Partain
Violin: Wes Lackey
Accordion: Corinn Gove
Bass: Joe Wheeler
Percussion: Brian Allee

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For His Own Sake            (Listen/Download)      (Chord Chart)

I have seen the bright birth of the morning,
I have worked through the sweat of the day.
I have laughed as the summer rains poured down from heaven,
and I’ve harvested oceans of grain.

I have worked and I’ve worked and had nothing,
I have prayed and I’ve prayed but no rain,
I have lost to the fire, storm and locust,
And woke up to find all my land left in shame.

Still each morning and noon and in evening,
I will trust my Lord and bless his name.
Never seeking the gain but the Giver,
So I love him for nothing but for his own sake.

I have made the mistake that my blessing,
Means the favor of God on my ways,
And thought every hardship, his anger against me,
And cried out in darkness for grace.

Now I know that his kindness is steadfast,
He has anchored my soul in his peace,
So that suffering is now just the pangs of my hunger,
to know the embrace of my King.

Still each morning and noon and in evening,
I will trust my Lord and bless his name.
Never seeking the gain but the Giver,
So I love him for nothing but for his own sake.

I have learned that this world is not truest,
There’s a hope held securely beyond,
And since Jesus has suffered through my own destruction,
I entrust my all to my God.

I have seen deepest loss bring rejoicing,
Seen a mother with her stillborn sing praise,
I have seen those abused and those ravaged by sickness,
Through tears and in anguish give thanks.

Still each morning and noon and in evening,
I will trust my Lord and bless his name.
Never seeking the gain but the Giver,
So I love him for nothing but for his own sake.

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13 thoughts on “For His Own Sake

  1. Thank you. Your ministry is such a blessing to me! This is a wonderful response and a tribute to all the grace that the Lord constantly pours out upon us. And I appreciate the richness of the biblical background you have drawn upon with your lyrics.

  2. Nathan- thanks so much for your songs. I live in Brooklyn, so I learned gospel theology at redeemer NY. But your songs help me understand the Gospel in fresh ways. You’re a real gift to the church. You rock man. You make me hungry for Scripture. Keep posting.

  3. Well, this one slayed us all on Sunday when Mark and Katie and the gang played it! I kept thinking, “If I could write songs, this is the one I would write!” I have really been working through the thoughts of the section on God’s reactions/treatment of us. Each bit closer I get to knowing the full measure of Jesus’ love-the better I feel no matter what is going on. Agonizing over false guilt never helps anything!

  4. Mark and Katie did this for our Offertory on Sunday, and it truly struck a chord with many of us. It beautifully expresses what I’ve been working through and learning regarding gratitude, including in hard times.

    You still bless us with your gifts after all these years. What a privilege to know you!

  5. Great music, been listening for a while and wanted to say I appreciate the tunes! My current favorite is “The Forgiveness”, keep it up!

      1. Ha! No, you’re totally right. I just forgot what it was called on that compilation. Cool man. So glad you are enjoying the music and thanks for reminding me of that song!

  6. Heard this song yesterday for the first time at Fountain Square and it moved me deeply. I am going to quote the last verse of the song tomorrow at the Indianapolis Prayer Breakfast. God bless you Nathan for ministering His ministry.

    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Chuck. So glad this song is such an encouragement to you. Really cool that you got to be the speaker at the prayer breakfast. I hope it went well. Thanks for dropping the note.

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