The first time I heard this was at the DWYL Tour in Dallas a few nights ago. I could hardly wait to get home to Shreveport (3 hours!) so that I could download it from itunes (and look up the lyrics).
I Work/and I Press/and I do everything I can just trying to give these folks my best/
I Sweat/and I Grind/I used to try but learned that I can’t please these people all the time/
Hey, what’s happening hommie/hey, hey, whaitdew mane/
Don’t know bout you but I’m working/trying to keep pressing mane/
In life/with rhymes/I fight with people pleasing/
That’s trife, this time/I’m fighting to please Jesus/
I’m done with it dog/all the lying and masquerading/
The fronting and the faking/I hate it, life feels so vacant/
I used to let ’em make it/even if it got blatant/
No matter how flagrant, I’d let it slide like stealing bases/
But now I finally get it/so I aint ever quitting/
I can’t be passive, inactive like players that’s been injured/
Far from it/been hurt, been even knocked off my feet/
But I’m in Christ, and I want life like its suppose to be/
When I ain’t know, who I was/everyday I wasted life/
Pagan days of people pleasing cause I wasn’t chasing Christ/
Worried bout the he say/she say / I’d repeat it like a replay/
I was chasing their approval like a runner in a relay/(GO)
I was believing that if I got it/no-doubt it’d be/all good/
But even if I got it/somehow it would/fall through/
I tried to keep standing/living by a weak standard/
Believing even Jesus received me based on my weak merits/
Lies from the pit/lies I won’t forget/
Lies that ruin lives and keep you blind to who you is/
Sinner saved by grace/through faith for Jesus sake/
So what you have count as loss as we press to see His face/
Every Christians on the track/but are we focused like a skope/
Or are we racing never pacing/are we running to the goal/
Upward (upward) calling (calling)/full in (full in) knowledge (knowledge)/
Nothing hollow/like the lotto/true rewards/from God the Father/
Well we should be/no matter what they say, or even throw at us/
Keep rolling up, and pressing in/and showing folks you rest in Him/
See when it’s, all said and done, I wanna, be true in Christ/
I wanna, see fruit that’s proof to know it’s true to life/
So look to Him, give up everything to make it to Him/
To know Him fully/becoming holy as you pursue Him/
To all my saints, who know they saved/
But know there’s more to gain/
Keep pressing till the end when we will see Him face to face/
I find myself listening to it several times a day now… Even as a believer madly in love with her King, I am such a people-pleaser… *blech* and it’s PAINFUL that no matter how hard I work, it’s never good enough… I try to earn my place with Christ, too… KNOWING that my Bridegroom doesn’t work that way…! Oh! The battle rages on!!! How thankful I am that God is using Tedashii to remind us of the armor we have in the Truth that is Christ and His merciful and undeserved favor!
I was really blessed, too, by Tedashii’s testimony of God’s faithfulness to set him FREE from the need to please people… Oh! How my good, kind King used that to pierce my heart and convict me (for it is SIN to make these people and my position in their esteem IDOLS!) and lead me to repentance.
It’s not easy… I’m fighting right now!
I don’t WANT to work… press… sweat… or grind… I want to REST in my Shiloh!
The ONLY “pressing” I want to be a part of is Philippians 3:12-16:
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
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