All The More

all the more by pamela joy

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ABOUT ALL THE MORE

oak album by pamela joy

Track 10, O A K ℗ © Copyright Pamela Joy Crawford 2004

The creation of All The More was the most intense song writing experience I've ever had, with the song pouring out as if it had a life of its own. It kept me up through the night, and then woke me up first thing in the morning to finish itself.

It was originally inspired by the story of a person close to me who lost everything, her health, job, the love of her husband, her 'status' and 'identity' as the power woman as she once was. This woman showed me that at her worst and most desperate, God still loved her and kept her in His love on a very personal level, even though she felt too physically and emotionally crippled to offer much to those around her.

The song also went on to be about what God did when He put me back together after years of drug abuse and I felt so messed up I felt I had nothing to offer anybody or anything.

The following verses in the Bible are similar stories in history of God showing deep love in response to people's state of despair - and calling us to cry out for His love while in this state.

  • Psalm 6:2-4 "Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror. My soul also is struck with terror, while you, O Lord—how long? Turn, O Lord, save my life; deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love."
  • Psalm 130:1-4 "Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is  forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered."
  • Psalm 142:1-4 "With my voice I cry to the Lord; with my voice I make supplication to the Lord. I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him. When my spirit is faint, you know my way. In the path where I walk, they have hidden a trap for me. Look on my right hand and see: there is no one who takes notice of me; no refuge remains to me; no one cares for me."
  • Psalm 116:1-9 "I love the Lord because he has heard my voice and my supplications. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live. The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish. Then I called on the name of the Lord, “O Lord, I pray, save my life!” Gracious is the Lord and righteous; our God is merciful. The Lord protects the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return, O my soul, to your rest, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. I walk before the Lord
    in the land of the living.
  • Hosea 11:1 "When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son."
  • Hosea 11:4 "I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love.
    I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them."
  • Romans 5:6 "For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly."
  • Romans 5:8 "But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us."
  • Matthew 11:28-29 "Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and  learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
  • Colossians 1:13 "He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son"
  • 1 John 4:10 "In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins."
  • 1 John 4:19 "We love because he first loved us."
  • Ezekiel 16:6 "I passed by you and saw you flailing about in your blood. As you lay in your blood, I said to you, Live!"
  • Ezekiel 16:9-12 "Then I bathed you with water and washed off the blood from you and anointed you with oil. I clothed you with embroidered cloth and with sandals of fine leather; I bound you in fine linen and covered you with rich fabric. I adorned you with ornaments: I put bracelets on your arms, a chain on your neck, a ring on your nose, earrings in your ears, and a beautiful crown upon your head."
  • Ezekiel 9-14 "Your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, for it was perfect because of my splendor that I had bestowed on you, says the Lord God."

ALL THE MORE LYRICS

Broken, lying on the floor.
Raw fragments swirling from before.
They say to stand tall, but I need more.
Is there someone who can scrape me off the floor?

Spoken dreams stuffed back inside.
All that I admired now just seems tired.
Sore open wide but I'm curled up on my side.
Is there someone who'll come looking when I hide?

I need healing, I've nothing to give.
And if you take me on all you'll find is a mess of a mind.
But I've heard that You knew all about my fall.
But this made you love me all the more.

So arms in the dark gathered all the pieces and washed the dirt off and whispered
"Yes I know that you feel less than able to stand, so just rest and I'll take your hand,
just rest and I'll take your hand".

I need healing, I've nothing to give.
And if you take me on all you'll find is a mess of a mind.
But I've heard that You knew all about my fall.
But this made you love me all the more.

ALL THE MORE CREDITS

oak album by pamela joy
Lyrics & Music: Pamela Joy
Assistant Production: Mike Avery, Allan Neuendorf
Guitar: Jayden Lee (electric)
Lead Vocals: Pamela Joy
Visual Art: Rachel CD Marks