Fill Me Up

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This week’s song for Worship Sunday, has been one that I wrote myself.

It came during a time over the summer that I was spending time outside every morning, reading my Bible and singing songs to God. I was meditating on the 42nd Psalm.  It reads like this:

“As a deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirst for God, for the living God:
When shall I come and appear before God?”
–Psalm 42:1-2, NASB

This song to me, is all about the pursuit of God that happens in worship. We seek after Him, because He is God and we want more of Him. That’s our soul’s desire. We want to be closer to Him; He is good and pure and we are not, because of our sin. We want to be made more of God. I think about John the Baptist’s testimony, when he says “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30, NASB).

We all need more of God, and our hearts and souls are longing for Him. I hope you can spend some time in worship or simply just meditating on the thought today. Simply ask God to “fill my cup with Your living water!”

PS I put a recording of this song here. It’s not the greatest, but I hope you enjoy it.

This Week’s Set

  • Fill Me Up
  • In Christ Alone (arr. Kristian Stanfill)
  • Nothing But The Blood (Matt Redman)
  • How Great Is Our God (Chris Tomlin)
  • Forever (Chris Tomlin)
  • All Creatures of Our God and King (hymn)

Psalms to Pray: Psalm 48-54

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Set A Fire

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Today’s Worship Sunday song is called Set a Fire by Will Reagan. It is a simple song with only two repeated sections. I started singing this during my personal worship time, because it is a cry out to God for us to know Him more. There’s a Psalm that I like that seems to fit into the feel of this song:

“O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for you,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips will praise You.
So I will bless You as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.

When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches,
For You have been my help,
And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
My should clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me.”
–Psalm 63:1-8, NASB

David writes that his body and soul are yearning and searching after God. The true heart of worship is to be this way. We don’t simply get together to sing songs. Rather we open our hearts, and search out God’s. So we ask in this song “Set a fire down in my soul, where I can’t contain and I can’t control. Cause I want more of Your God”!

This week’s set:

  • Open Up Our Eyes (Elevation Worship)
  • Set a Fire (Will Reagan)
  • Day After Day (Kristian Stanfill)
  • Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing (Hymn)
  • The Solid Rock (Hymn arranged by Charlie Hall)
  • Fill Me Up

Psalms to Pray: Psalm 37

Seek and You Will Find

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When God says things multiple times, He’s probably trying to make a point. You see this many times, with many different topics, but they all have one thing in common; they lead to a deeper knowledge of Him. Today I wanted to talk about seeking God.

It all started while I was praying through the Psalms the morning. “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” (Psalm 9:10 NASB). I started to wonder what it meant for God not to forsake us if we seek Him. The Hebrew word (‘azab) used here, translated forsake or abandon, is what really caught my interest. It’s common usage and connotation is to simply abandon a person or object or anything else, but rather to abandon something held dear. This verse says to me that the people that seek God won’t be left by Him, but that He actually hold them dear to Him. When we are seeking God, we are drawing nearer to Him and making Him happier.

The next passage that came to me is found in Matthew. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8, NASB). I think this is especially important when times are hard to see God. It’s always easy to see Him when times are good, but when times are bad it gets a bit harder. But God says that He tests the righteous and the wicked (Psalm 11:5), so my must persevere and seek Him through the hard times. He is there for us to lean onto, to take refuge in. He isn’t going to let us down. We just have to look through all the smoke and the fog and find His glorious face shining right back at us. I’m not saying this is easy. When times are tough, even tragic, most people turn away from God and blame Him for doing this to them. But something God says, over and over as well, is that He is there for us. All we have to do is seek Him out.

The final passage I came to was, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13, NASB). The last part I think is what we all seem to miss, “with all your heart”. It doesn’t mean that we can spend 10-15 minutes a day doing a quick devotion or reading a short passage of Scripture, or saying a short little prayer before your day starts. Yes, God can be seen there, but we can never truly find Him like He is calling for us to do. We must devote our time and energy into this. This is the foundation to living with worship as a lifestyle. But I think we get in this trap because of the culture we now live in. Information is at our fingertips (literally if you have a touchscreen smartphone or tablet). We can find anything we want with a couple clicks of a mouse, and a few words on a screen. God doesn’t work that way. There is no way to instantly download God. We have to spend time searching for Him.

If anything came out to me today it was that we, as a culture, have to be more intentional about seeking God. It’s not something that we can do quickly or randomly throughout our days. We have to set time to focus on Him and dig into Scripture and prayer. We must seek Him, because that is the only way we will ever find Him.

 

Psalms to Pray: Psalm 9-13