Jesus, I am through defending This war's never ending inside me I've been fighting not to forfeit Trying not to trust in Only you But I can't get well I can't get through I can't get by If I can't get you
Chorus: There's a white flag Waving where my colors used to fly You win There's a white flag Giving up and giving all of me - I give in I'm Yours to reign and to rule I'm just a fool With a white flag
Jesus, now my fist is open Now my sword is broken I come in peace 'Cause I can't get well I can't get through I can't get by If I can't get you
Mercy, mercy Give me mercy, mercy Take me mercy, mercy I am overcome, I am overcome And here's my...
...White flag Waving where my colors used to fly You win Here's my white flag Giving up and giving all of me - I give in I'm Yours to reign and to rule I'm just a fool With a white flag
Story Behind The Song: MATTHEW 5:5 "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth."
Jesus continues, "Blessed are the meek." Mourning leads us here. Jesus, tethering this radical new belief system to the ancient faith His audience was familiar with, often links the beatitudes to familiar passages from their Old Testament scriptures. In this case Jesus says the meek will "inherit the land," and the crowd recognized this phrase from Psalm 37:1-11 where David described the character of those who will inherit the new world to come. They are people who trust God so whole-heartedly that they fear no man, are not angry, do not worry and are teachable and obedient.
The meek became this way when they chose to "commit" their way to the Lord, David says. The Hebrew word for "commit" means "to roll." We roll our poverty onto the wealth of God's grace, our anger onto the justice of the Judge of men, and our worry onto the generous and able hands of the Father. We surrender to One greater than us and all our sin. And Jesus says this commitment, this surrender, is essential to becoming a disciple of the Messiah. It's what mourning moves us to do with our impoverished spirits.