Here I Am {to Worship}

Questions can feel heavy. Sometimes, they seem to bring us anxiety, nervousness or frustration. It’s hard to face them when the answers feel far off or unsure. I’ve been a part of some pretty weighty discussions lately. It seems like most people, sometime or another are wrestling with something.

What’s my purpose? Where do I go from here? How do I know if what’s from God and what’s me? Am I pleasing Him? How do I respond when life seems too difficult? How do I impact a world, a culture that is seemingly falling apart all around me?

Lately, I have been working to be more intentional about bringing my questions to the Lord. Realizing that the answer, or solution, is often far out of my reach, I am beginning to learn that these types of questions are best answered through prayer and a posture of worship.

Looking back to the Garden, we meet a God who created humans in His image. He fashioned man to know Him freely and to commune with Him in the coolness of the day. When we chose to disobey God, we broke our perfect communion with Him.

Throughout the story of the Bible, we see a God who beautifully pursues His people, culminating on the cross and beating death. Scripture and history illustrate a perfect God who deeply desires for us to both know Him and to be known by Him. He created you and me, beautifully unique, each with purpose and value found only fully in Him.

Last week, in the middle of a situation that seemed bigger than I could handle, I was reminded of a friend of mine who travels fairly extensively. I was drowning in the details, feeling completely overwhelmed when a song (you know, one of those “oldies but goodies”) popped into my head:

Here I am to worship

Here I am to bow down

Here I am to say that You’re my God

You’re all together lovely

All together worthy

All together wonderful to me

My friend once told me that he often sings this song when he travels, dedicating his trip and actions to the Lord as worship. It’s his way of outwardly acknowledging what’s most important–Jesus. The details seemed less overwhelming as I began to realign my heart, positioning it towards Jesus.

How powerful would it be if I approached my circumstances with the intent to bring praise? What if I chose to acknowledge the worth of my Creator in all areas of my life? How would that change me? How would that change my world around me? How would that allow God to work around me?

I dare to say it’d be a game changer.

The crazy thing about choosing to worship the Lord in every area of our lives is that the questions listed above start to seem less daunting. We begin to realize that it’s okay to not have the answers or to see the entire picture, because we’re choosing to run towards the One who does.

My challenge to myself (and to you, if you’d like it to be) is just that: to wake up each morning with this song as a prayer. To see each portion of my day as it is, a chance to acknowledge the beauty, power and perfection of Jesus; giving Him permission to move and work amidst the moments of my day.

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Man Of Sorrows

“Oh that rugged cross
My salvation
Where Your love poured out over me
Now my soul cries out
Hallelujah
Praise and honour unto Thee”

Oceans

Listen, repeat (repeat).

Loving this song so much lately. Love the lyrics and it’s declaration of the sovereignty and faithfulness of our Savior. Who He is isn’t circumstantial.

You call me out upon the waters

The great unknown where feet may fail

And there I find You in the mystery

In oceans deep

My faith will stand

 

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

 

Your grace abounds in deepest waters

Your sovereign hand

Will be my guide

Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me

You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

 

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

Search My Heart

This evening I downloaded Hillsong United’s newest cd, A F T E R M A T H. One word to describe this album?  Awesome!

I put on the album while studying my bible this evening and really fell in love with Matt Crocker and Joel Houston’s song, “Search My Heart.”

This song really is my prayer tonight.  Lord, Search my heart and search my soul.  There’s nothing else that I want more.  Lord, give me strength and give me grace.  To follow you all my days.  Lord I will follow you.


What Joy

Over the past couple weeks, I have had Sarah Emerson’s song “What Joy (Ps. 146)” playing over and over in my head and through my car stereo.  I love the words, and I love to sing over the truths it declares about God, and the response I should have when I reflect upon His goodness.

“Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord, O my soul.  I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them- the Lord remains faithful forever.” -Ps 146:1-6

You made the heavens and the earth, the seas and all that is within them. Your promises remain.  You give justice to the weak. You care for the widows and orphans. Forever Lord You reign.

“He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.   The Lord watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the Lord.” -Ps. 146:7-10

What joy, what joy for those whose hope is in the name of the Lord. What peace, what peace for those whose confidence is Him alone.

“Hallelujah!  It’s a good thing to sing praise to our God; praise is beautiful, praise is fitting.  The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” -Ps.147:1,11

Hallelujah, forever we will sing.  Hallelujah, praises to our King!

I want to know You

I want to know You more than anything

A world that surrounds me, I live in everyday

Doesn’t compare to knowing You

 

You take me places I’ve never been before

You show me visions only You can give

I love it when You speak to me

 

I want to know You

I love to know You

Everything else I count as loss

I want to know You

I love to know You

No matter what the cost

 

The cost is nothing compared to knowing You

 

Hmm… this is a scary song to sing… I seemed to come to that realization tonight, while singing it…

Did I really know  what I was declaring?  Good Question.  It almost seems as if I was being challenged by the Almighty as the words were exiting my mouth.

Do you really believe what you are declaring?  Are you aware of the cost… you know it will cost you everything.  Are you sure it’s nothing?

During my musical dialogue with the Creator of the Universe, I came to the conclusion: I have no idea what the costs are.  I have no idea what Christ wants me to give up.  I have no idea what it means to truly know Him.  BUT- I want to find out… I want to come to know Him more than anything, and everything else is garbage compared to knowing Christ and making Him known.  After all, what good would it be to gain the world, yet loose my soul?

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them rubbish, that I might gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that of which is through faith in Christ-the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.  I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow to attain to the resurrection from the dead.                    -Philippians 3: 7-11

now that’s worship…

A friend of mine sent out a link to our church’s worship team today with a couple of songs from Hillsong’s newest release, This is Our God.  Both songs have amazing stories behind them about the power of worship.  God is still God, no matter the circumstance.  When we choose to exalt God for who He is, despite what’s going on around us, that’s true worship! 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev5NpIvk1nM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4xsWldmqAo&feature=related