Out of the Question - A Song

Note: An awful lot of my songs are inspired in some way by the themes and ideas in LotR. Recently I was watching the documentary on Tolkien from the FotR Appendix disk on my EE. At one point, several Tolkien scholars were talking about how most of Tolkien's writing seems to deal with hope and despair. One man said something to the extent of Tolkien may have viewed despair as almost a kind of sin, since one can't possibly know what will happen, and therefore it may not come out as we despair it to be. I suddenly realised that, no, it's the opposite. Tolkien viewed despair as a kind of sin because we do know what will happen. The Light will triumph over the Darkness. Always. There may be a few battles where it looks like the Darkness has won. But the Lord has a purpose for everything and He will use those seeming defeats for His own purposes. So if we succumb to despair, isn't that like saying we don't trust God enough to believe that He's not going to let everything cave in on us permanently?

It's this darkness again
It's always getting to me when it comes
I'm cowed by the pouring rain
The coldness of my spirit has rendered me numb
I'm falling down to my knees
Letting despair wash over me
Where's the point?--I cannot see
Why must it always end up being this way?

I may not know Your reasons
But I know how it'll turn out
This is just a season
What's with me and my doubt?
Can't I just abandon my human qualms
And trust in You like I should?
You promise to make it right in the final end
So despair is out of the question

Worries keep me from my sleep
Have I forgotten You'll get me through?
When I'm floundering in this water that's gotten too deep
Why can't I reach out and grab the support that is You?
I'm too independent--insisting I can do it all myself
Shrugging my shoulders I push off Your help
So when I'm claimed by despair again
Why do I blame it all on Your plan?

I may not know Your reasons
But I know how it'll turn out
This is just a season
What's with me and my doubt?
Can't I just abandon my human qualms
And trust in You like I should?
You promise to make it right in the final end
So despair is out of the question

The Dark seemingly wins these small battles
But there's no chance it'll win this great war
The Light will ultimately overcome the Shadow
In the end it's You who will conquer
Must we all be too stubborn to see?
Can't we trust You enough to believe
That You won't let us fall to the very deeps
Of the clutches of the Night?

I may not know Your reasons
But I know how it'll turn out
This is just a season
What's with me and my doubt?
Can't I just abandon my human qualms
And trust in You like I should?
You promise to make it right in the final end
So despair is out of the question

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