There's a place in the darkness that I used to cling to
It presses harsh hope against time
In the absence of martyrs there's a presence of thieves
Who only want to rob you blind
They steal away any sense of peace
Though I'm a king I'm a king on my knees
And I know they are wrong when they say I am strong
As the darkness covers me

So turn on the light and reveal all the glory
I am not afraid
To bare all my weakness knowing in meekness
I have a kingdom to gain
Where there is peace and love in the light, in the light
Oh I am not afraid
To let Your light shine bright in my life, in my life
Oh I... am, I...
There are ghosts from my past who've owned more of my soul
Than I thought I had given away
They linger in closets and under my bed
And in pictures less proudly displayed
A great fool in my life I have been
Have squandered till pallid and thin
Hung my head in shame and refused to take blame
For darkness I know I've let win
Can you hear me? (repeat 6x)
Well I've never been much for the baring of soul
In the presence of any man
I'd rather keep to myself all safe and secure
In the arms of a sinner I am
Could it be that my worth should depend
By the crimson stained grace on a hand
And like a lamp on a hill Lord I pray in Your will
To reveal all of You that I can
There's a place in the darkness that I used to cling to
It presses harsh hope against time...

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Martyrs & Thieves Lyrics as written by Jennifer Lynn Knapp

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    General CommentI fall asleep, some dark nights, with these words singing in my mind. The past is not beautiful and my own darkness often beats me to my knees. When I'm there, staring into the haunted halls of my heart in despair, then comes the question all over again: "Could it be, that my worth should defend by the crimson-stained grace on a hand?"

    And though it takes awhile sometimes, to hear the answer, it always comes and it never changes:

    pyrohearton March 20, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"and I know they are wrong when they say I am strong as the darkness covers me." - On the outside, it appears that I have everything together. But I've suffered from depression (depression) for most of my adult life. So every time someone tells me they don't know how I can handle everything, I think of this lyric. I feel weakened by depression/darkness.
    somewhatbohemianon July 19, 2008   Link

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