Here are the lyrics which I found freely on the internet. I think "fair use" should allow me to copy them here for critiquing purposes. My comments are in red.
A thousand times I've failed
Still your mercy remains
And should I stumble again
Still I'm caught in your grace
The author's point here is that God's mercy and grace is everlasting and continues to forgive us of our sins. This is true. However, the danger we must guard ourselves against is an antinomian attitude that our sins do not matter and we may break God's law indiscriminately without any concern of recourse. Consider this passage from Hebrews 6:
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
So, we should be extremely cautious to have an attitude of, "I can sin the same sin a thousand times over, and I can always count on God's forgiveness." You may just prove yourself to be reprobate if these thoughts are yours.
Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
Is God's "light" the only thing that never fades? What about His Word?
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
Now, one may claim that God's Word is the "light." However, this does not seem to be what is referenced in judging from the context of the rest of this song. The "light" seems to be implied from the first verse as His mercy and grace.
My heart and my soul, I give You control
Consume me from the inside out Lord
Let justice and praise, become my embrace
To love You from the inside out
This was the most troublesome verse to me when I heard this last Lord's Day. First of all, we do not "give" God control of our heart and our soul. He draws us to Himself. To speak of giving Him control is to embrace an Arminian understanding of theology, hardly appropriate for a Reformed Baptist Church. Secondly, what in the world does "consume me from the inside out Lord" mean? Usually something that is consuming you from the inside out is a cancer. It's a bad thing. In trying to give the benefit of the doubt to this author I tried to think of any passage where consuming a person is referenced. The best I could come up with is:
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
So we are commanded to "consume" Christ. But nowhere are we taught to pray that He would consume us. Thirdly, what is the emphasis of this part of the song? (and it is the main part that is repeated over and over again.) "I give..." "Consume me..." "become my..." Words such as I, me, or my are tell tell evidence of who this song is really about. Is it about Christ, or is it about "me?" "I" seem to be the primary subject in this song. There is a brief mention of longing for God's justice. Believe me. We should be loathe to cry out for God's justice. I suggest that the author stick with the mercy plea in the first stanza. God's justice demands hell for all eternity over a single sin. Praise God that Christ has fulfilled the justice on our behalf. Lastly, the words of "my embrace" and "love you from the inside out" are syrupy "Jesus is my boyfriend" type of "love songs" that real men would never sing.
Your will above all else, my purpose remains
The art of losing myself in bringing you praise
For someone intent on "losing myself" this author sure spends a lot of time singing about "myself."
The rest of the lyrics are simply a repeat of what has already been said, typical of the "7-11" style of today's worship music (seven words sang 11 times).
Certainly not all hymns are praiseworthy either. We must be discerning when we select what we will sing in worship to the Lord. In critiquing a song such as this one, it becomes clear why some churches embrace exclusive Psalmody. When only the Psalms are sung, we can be assured that every word is doctrinally sound.
I do not believe that it is necessary to sing only Psalms. However, if we are singing songs that are outside the infallible Word of God, we must be diligent to make sure that those songs are faithful to the teaching of scripture and consistent with Reformed orthodox doctrine. What we don't want to do is to bring false doctrine into the meeting of the saints. We must constantly be on guard against that. Most of today's music gives us ample "target practice" for critiques such as this one. In my opinion, it is best left out of worship altogether.