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"Simon P"

(Dana McCabe)
November 1, 2006
mccabe / wooten

Simon P

© 2003

I love reading about Simon Peter.

The biblical accounts of this passionate, impetuous, imperfect human being never fail to give me hope for myself as a flawed Christ-follower. Peter was headstrong, rash, fearful, brave...

He was the only one to get out of the boat and walk on water, if only for a moment.

In spite of his flaws, it was to Simon that Jesus said, “...I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Matthew 16:18.

It was to Peter that divine revelation about who Jesus really was, was given.

The Bible gives us a window onto the life of an ordinary man who was forever changed by his encounter with Jesus Christ. From the time he begged Jesus not to look at him because he was a “sinful man” to the moment he looked straight into his Lord’s eyes as the rooster crowed for the third time, we see this life marked by victory and defeat, wisdom and rashness, joy and heartbreak.

This song is about what could have been going through Simon’s mind as he grieved over the violent loss of his Lord and friend, and over his own behavior. He must have suffered terribly from guilt and shame, knowing to the core of his being that he did not deserve the name of “Peter”.

“I was one of the chosen few from the many that were there

Called by the Master by a name I did not deserve to bear,

I did not deserve to bear.

For when the soldiers came to take Him away I feared for my life and I ran away

Three times I said I did not know Him, and now, I cannot forget Him

His face is ever before me..”

from “Simon P”

But our God is a fiercely loving Father, and He cared for us enough to sacrifice His beloved Son. He can make us what He wants us to be, if we will only let Him.