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

In Christ Alone

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The song I want to talk about this week has been around for awhile. It has touched many peoples lives, and is fairly well known within the Church. In Christ Alone by Keith Getty and Stewart Townsend is a simple declaration of why we put our faith in Christ and nothing else. The line “No power of hell, nor scheme of man, can ever pluck me from His hand” just speaks to the level we are supposed to be given to Christ. Paul writes in his letter to the church in Philippi:

“But whatever things were gain to me, those thing I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and counted them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I amy know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” –Philippians 3:7-11, NASB

We give our all to Christ, and place all of ourselves in His mighty hand. We will be singing this song in my church today, but I hope you take time to listen and spend time in worship with it. It is a great song of our faith because “here in the power of Christ [we] stand”!

This week’s set:

  • O Praise Him (David Crowder* Band)
  • Open The Eyes of My Heart Lord (Paul Baloche)
  • Center (Charlie Hall)
  • Lord, I Need You (Kristian Stanfill)
  • In Christ Alone (Keith Getty/Stewart Townsend)
  • The Solid Rock (hymn)

Psalms to Pray: Psalm 25-26

A Firm Foundation, Part 3

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There has been a hymn on my mind this whole week while talking about Jesus being our firm foundation. This hymn is called How Firm A Foundation. But I came across it today during my devotional time and thought I would share a little about this hymn. I know it’s not Sunday, but it fits with the theme this week!

Each of the four stanzas are reflections of a promise made in the Bible. The first is Isaiah 41:10, “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My right hand.” (NASB). This is a promise that God is delivering to the people of Israel through Isaiah to let them know that He is with them. The author of this hymn took this promise and brought it to the followers of Jesus. It starts by telling us that Scriptures are our foundation and what more can God tell us, since we found Him in Jesus. God strengthens us when we center our lives around Jesus. And since Jesus is our firm foundation, it makes complete sense.

“How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?”

The second promise is Isaiah 43:2, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” (NLT). God is furthering His promise to the people of Israel. He is telling them that since He has redeemed them, He will stay with them through all of their circumstances.

“Fear not; I am with thee. O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, I will still give thee aid.
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, And cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My righteous, Omnipotent hand.”

The third promise comes from Paul’s writing. “And [the Lord] has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore , I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NASB). The promise being made here is that we should rely on Christ. We often get caught up saying, “If only I could do _______, it will all be better.” But there’s a problem with that statement. We can’t do anything. We must fully rely on the power of God and acknowledge that we are nowhere near His greatness. Paul says that he will boast in his weakness, so that the power of Christ can be shown. If people know that we are weak, when we overcome, who deserves the credit? You or God?

“When through fiery trials Thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, Shall be they supply.
The flames shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.”

The final Scriptural promise in this hymn is Hebrews 13:5, “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” (NASB). This promise is the same one that I’ve been talking about all week. Jesus is with us, and he isn’t going anywhere. God’s promises can be trusted because He stands firm and will not fade away. So build your life upon His promises, and see how much better you life becomes!

“The soul that on Jesus hate leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”

 

Psalms to Pray: Psalm 19-20

Nothing But The Blood

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“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us. In all wisdom and insight…” Ephesians 1:7-8, NASB

This wee’s song is Nothing But The Blood. In my church we will be singing the version that Matt Redman made, but it is actually based on a hymn. Both songs ask the question “What can take away my sin?” This is a basic question we face when we realized we have sinned. People tend to decide that they can get rid of their sin by “doing good”. Others believe that it was by making sacrifice that we get rid of our sin. But the answer lies on the Cross. The refrain of the hymn says this:

“O, precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus”

This song tells us that Try as we might, nothing can remove our sin from us but the blood of Jesus. The blood that was poured out for all mankind as a means to remove sin. God did this for us. There is nothing we can do, nothing else will satisfy the need of salvation. God died on the Cross for us, and that is the only way we can be saved of our sins.

This week’s set:

  • O Praise Him (David Crowder* Band)
  • Open They Eyes of My Heart (Paul Baloche)
  • Nothing But The Blood (Matt Redman)
  • Give Us Clean Hands (Charlie Hall)
  • Here’s My Heart (performed by David Crowder)
  • God of This City (Bluetree)

 

Psalms to Pray: Psalm 6

Open the Eyes of My Heart

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There’s a song that has been around for awhile that it’s become a standard for all worship teams, Open the Eyes of My Heart by Paul Baloche. It’s a great request for God to open us up so that we can learn about Him. It expresses our basic need to see and know God in all His glory. God created us to not only care for His Creation, but to also be in communion with Him. We yearn to see God and know Him. Paul writes in his letter to the Ephesians, “I pray that they eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,” (Ephesians 1:18, NASB).

Use this song as a prayer today, that we may come closer to God and learn more about Him.

 

Here’s My Heart (The Return of Worship Sunday!!!!!)

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Hey friends, it’s been awhile since I’ve made post like this. But I really felt like we should bring back Worship Sunday.

The song this week is entitled Here’s My Heart performed by David Crowder on the Passion album, Let the Future Begin. If you watch the video here, this song has an interesting story behind how it came to be what was released at Passion ’13. It finds it’s Scripture in Psalm 119, and is a great proclamation of verse 94, “I am Yours, save me;…” (NASB). This song is such a perfect example of what worship is supposed to be like. We come to church not just as something we do week after week, but rather it is us offering ourselves to God. The chorus of this song puts it perfectly:

“Here’s my heart, Lord
Here’s my heart, Lord
Here’s my heart, Lord
Speak what is true”

I would encourage you to let this song fill you up today, and spend some time in worship with it as well. We bring ourselves as an offering, so let God take that offering and use it as He needs.

This week’s set

  • Fill Me Up
  • Here I Am To Worship (Tim Hughes)
  • Better Is One Day (Matt Redman)
  • Always (Kristian Stanfill)
  • Here’s My Heart (performed by David Crowder)
  • We Glorify Your Name (Chris Tomlin)

Waiting Here For You

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I know that I posted something similar to this post recently, but God has really placed this song and the feeling of waiting on Him on my heart. I love the beginning of this song, “If faith can move the mountain, then let the mountains. We come with expectation, we’re waiting here for you.”

This song references Hebrews 9:28 which says, “so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.” (NLT). It calls for us to wait in anticipation of Jesus’ second coming to this world. This song is a call for us to worship Him as we wait.

I also feel that this song fits in a time of waiting in your life. As we celebrate Advent, we aren’t simply celebrating the birth of Christ, but we are also anticipating His return. So as the song says “We’re waiting here for you with our hands lifted high in praise.”

I thought I would post two versions of this song. Take time an listen and spend sometime worshiping and anticipating Christ’s return for us.

Martin Smith’s version

Christy Nockels’ version

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Holy Mystery

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Today’s song is called Holy Mystery written by Brett Younker. It’s been awhile, but I recently started leading this song within a small group setting. I love the idea brought forward in this song. It asks for Jesus to lead us to a place of holy mystery. It would seem to be that it is like when Jesus would be alone in prayer.

I can only imagine what that situation must have been like. It was God spending time with God. It’s hard to imagine what that would be like. It’s what Brett Younker has described as a holy mystery. I hope you will take a listen to the song a listen. It truly is a great song for worship.

O Praise Him

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I promise guys. One day I will figure this whole blogging thing out and actually post stuff when their supposed to be posted.

Any way, this week I though I would post about O Praise Him by David Crowder* Band. The song often asks worshipers to turn towards heaven and praise Him. Praise is defined as the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship. That’s all this song is asking of us, to simply turn and worship the Lord with praise. A good way to also look at this song is through the lens of Psalm 148:

“Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens!
Praise him from the skies!
Praise him, all his angels!
Praise him, all the armies of heaven!
Praise him, sun and moon!
Praise him, all you twinkling stars!
Praise him, skies above!
Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!
Let every created thing give praise to the Lord,
for He has issued his command, and they came
into being.”
-Psalm 148:1-5, NLT

I love this song as a way to get worship started. Its a good way to get people to be thinking upwards, right from the beginning.

So have a listen below.

This Weeks Set

  • Fill Me Up – Preston Howell
  • O Praise Him – David Crowder* Band
  • How Great Is Our God – Chris Tomlin
  • You Alone Can Rescue – Matt Redman
  • Always – Kristian Stanfill
  • One Thing Remains (Your Love Never Fails) – performed by Kristian Stanfill