Inside My Heart

I have felt it ever growing—

Hell inside my heart,

Always grumbling, blaming others—

Wishing it could stop.

Losing mercy, slow compassion,

Needing to be right,

Hypocritical foundations

Reinforced with spite.

Father, write your word in piercing

flames upon my heart;

Stake your claim inside of me, 

and never there depart.

Jesus, for my sin atoning,

Lately lost on me;

Holy Spirit, ever working,

I refuse to see:

Trusting in my worldly riches,

Clinging to myself,

Constant self-imposed salvation,

Seeking hell itself.

Father, write your word in piercing

flames upon my heart;

Stake your claim inside of me, 

and never there depart.

Cure this wretched mind, its selfish

plans to wholly fail;

Rip this hell right out of me,

and let me live again!

Musicians: Brooke Aasen (cello), Ryan Baggett (drums), Nick Dahlquist (acoustic guitar and vocals), Lisa Goben (piano), Robbie Watson (bass)

Words & Music: Nick Dahlquist, 2018

Recorded live on Sunday, August 12th, 2018