21 Days of Prayer and Song

Through the next 21 days we will be walking through scriptures and songs that help us understand who we are in Christ and give us the freedom and joy to live that out in our homes, places of work, church gatherings and in other relationships we have. We encourage you to listen and meditate on the songs and scriptures and ask God to more fully open your heart and mind to understanding the depth of his love for you. But don’t stop there, ask him how he wants you to respond to that, then obey and get ready savor the sweet moments of joy, grace and love that will come.

 

Week of January 5-11: Ephesians 1

Come to the Table

This song is a great way to start our 21 days as it really “sets the table” for who we are individually and corporately as the body of Christ and that we are ALL welcome to come feast with him in this life and in eternity. No matter what you are dealing with now or have dealt with in the past, you are invited to be his child and live in his presence and abundance. Listen to the song and pray that God would settle your heart to receive from him and then respond to him over the next three weeks.

Set aside your rags and trade them in for riches

Come dine with the King and the other sinners who are just like you

Leave your sin and shame at the door, take your place next to the Savior

You are redeemed, sit down and be set free.

Friend of God – Ephesians 1:18, John 15:15, James 2:23

The song starts like this:

“Who am I that you are mindful of me?
That you hear me, when I call
Is it true that you are thinking of me?
How you love me – it’s amazing”

I think these lyrics are honest and raw questions of wanting to understand my faith and connection with my Savior and a rejoicing in accepting the depth of His love. When I sing them it is not just my heart reflecting on the personal and intimate daily relationship He invites me to, but also reminds me that being his friend is a two way connection that I must respond and participate in. He thinks of me…He hears me…he deeply loves me and THAT is truly amazing and hard to fathom…As the song continues, it is a response to that understanding and a proclamation that I should daily live my life connected to Him as my best friend but also with a grateful heart of reverence and awe for the honor of knowing him and for his love for me. How does it make you feel to know that God is thinking of you and calls you his friend? How does that understanding cause you to respond?

Who You Say I Am – Ephesians 1:3-6, John 8:36, Romans 8:31, John 1:12

“Who the Son sets free, oh is free indeed
I’m a child of God – Yes I Am
In my Father’s house, there’s a place for me
I am chosen, not forsaken
I am who you say I am
You are for me not against me
I am who you say I am”

We all want to be wanted and have a home. This song always makes me think of my children and all those children out in the world without an earthly parent or a safe place to come home to. When I became a mother at a very young age, God began to open my eyes to the depth and breadth of his love for me through the love I felt for my children. It overwhelms me to think that He loves my children more than I love them. Children who are loved and have a home, live life with more joy and freedom – don’t you think? They have confidence in who they are and have a safe place to run to when they mess up. That is what God wants us to understand, and sometimes that is hard given the homes (or lack thereof) we may have grown up in. But He wants us to know we are chosen, not forsaken and fully loved and accepted by him. NO MATTER WHAT. HE made us and we were wanted and created with a purpose no matter what any imperfect person on earth has ever told us. So let’s live in that freedom daily. And when you are not feeling it – sing this song at the top of your lungs!

Goodness of God – Psalm 40:9-11, Ephesians 1:15-18

“I love you Lord – Oh your mercy never fails me
All my days, I have been held in your hand
From the moment that I wake up, until I lay my head
I will sing of the goodness of God

All my life you have been faithful
All my life you have been so, so good
With every breath that I am able – I will sing of the goodness of God

I love your voice – you have led me through the fire
In darkest night, you are close like no other
I’ve known you as a father and known you as a friend
And I have lived in the goodness of God.

Your goodness is running after me, your goodness is running after me
With my life laid down, I surrender now, I give you everything
Cause your goodness just keeps running after me”

So this song is guaranteed to bring me to tears every.single.time…and that’s awesome. The words of this song were inspired by Psalm 40:9-11. Psalm 40 was read over me about 12 years ago as I was serving in worship but going through a very hard time personally. Verses 1-3 say this “I waited patiently for the Lord. He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of destruction, out of the sticky mud. He stood me on a rock and made my feet steady. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many people will see this and worship him. Then they will trust in the Lord.”

I have not always been a patient person and I have gone through some dark times that I don’t ever want to go through again or see anyone I love go through. But just as this song and Psalm say – he is faithful and good and when I sing this song I am reminded over and over again what he has brought me through and where I am today despite my stubbornness, sinful behavior and disobedience. His goodness ran after me and did not let me go. Verse 9-11 goes on to says this “I will tell about your goodness in the great meeting of your people. Lord, you know my lips are not silent. I do not hide your goodness in my heart; I speak about your loyalty and salvation. I do not hide your love and truth from the people in the great meeting.” My prayer as his beloved daughter is to speak and sing of his goodness with all that I have. I know there will be more dark days and I am sure I will go back to that Psalm many more times to find encouragement and hope. But one thing I know for sure – is he will NEVER leave me or forsake me and so I will sing of the goodness of God.

Play the song. Think about your life to this point. What has he brought you through? What have you learned about him and your relationship with him? What has he blessed you with despite your disobedience? Now rest and respond in his love for you.

In Christ Alone – Philippians 3:7-11, Ephesians 1:7-10

“In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My comforter, my all in all
Here in the love of Christ I stand

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then, bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in vic-tory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
’til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand”

This song reads and sings like a story – a story that all God’s children have in common and can tell together. And there is power in that – power in us all singing with one voice and proclaiming the truth of his word through music. Heaven will be filled with song and praise scripture tells us. All nations will be gathered around his throne singing holy, holy, holy to him. It will be like nothing we have ever heard, played or sung on earth and it will be amazing. That’s why we sing at our gatherings – just a glimpse, a practice, a joining with those that have gone before us and are in his presence, and an act of unity for those that are on this earth living and telling his story to the best of our ability.

The simplicity, yet depth of this song, is so cool to me. A modern-day hymn that perfectly describes what we find in him – peace, comfort, no more striving; how he gave us everlasting life – the suffering, pain and victory over death; and how we can live in his power and freedom until he calls us home to sing at this throne. Thank you Jesus for all you have done for me!

King of My Heart – Psalm 136:1, Psalm 100:5

“Let the King of my heart be the mountain where I run
The fountain I drink from; oh He is my song
Let the King of my heart be the shadow where I hide
The ransom for my life; oh He is my song

You are good, good Oh
You are good, good Oh

Let the King of my heart be the wind inside my sails
The anchor in the waves; oh He is my song
Let the King of my heart be the fire inside my veins
And the echo of my days; oh He is my song

You’re never gonna let
Never gonna let me down”

This song has so much imagery and is a beautiful poetic prayer. Crying out to God and asking him to be the highest place I seek refuge, the fountain I get sustenance, the shadow I get covering from to protect me from the evil one, the payment of ransom for my sins, the wind that keeps me going each day, the anchor in the storms of life, the fire and passion that compels me to love, and the echo of what people will remember about me – the song of my life. He is there through each and every moment of my life and will never let me down if I hang on to him. In my weakness He is strong and he is so, so good. Write a prayer to God using some of the same images and personalize it for what you need today, then tell him and others of his goodness as you go about your day.

Defender

“You go before I know
That You’ve even gone to win my war
You come back with the head of my enemy
You come back and You call it my victory, oh-ooh
You go before I know
That You’ve even gone to win my war
Your love becomes my greatest defense
It leads me from the dry wilderness

And all I did was praise
All I did was worship
All I did was bow down, oh
All I did was stay still
Hallelujah, You have saved me
So much better Your way
Hallelujah, great Defender
So much better Your way

You know before I do
Where my heart can seek to find Your truth
Your mercy is the shade I’m living in
And You restore my faith and hope again

When I thought I lost me – You knew where I left me
You reintroduced me to Your love – You picked up all my pieces
Put me back together – You are the defender of my heart”

We have not yet done this one in our gatherings but the first time I heard it, God really moved me. The lyrics that say “When I thought I lost me, you knew where I left me, you reintroduced me to your love…” I can SO relate to those words. I have gone through times in my walk with Jesus when I rebelled. Flat out did what I knew was wrong and tried to justify it. Then I would feel shame and condemnation and God would pick up all my pieces and put me back together. And it always started with me coming to him with a heart of worship wanting his love and protection again. All it took was for me to humble myself, acknowledge my sin and ask his forgiveness. All I did was worship, all I did was bow down, all I did was stay still – He did the rest through the cross. It is SO much better His way. I am so thankful he is my defender. How has God defended you?

Week of January 12 – 18: Ephesians 2

Come As You Are – Psalm 55:22

“Come out of sadness – from wherever you’ve been
Come broken hearted – let rescue begin
Come find your mercy – Oh sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow – That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow – That heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens – Lay down your shame
All who are broken – Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home – You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt – Lay down your heart
Come as you are

There’s hope for the hopeless – And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table – Come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary – Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow – That heaven can’t cure”

When we sing this song I get so emotional because I want those that are hearing it and who have not received the gift of Jesus to hear the words and respond. There are several people in my life who I want to hear and understand that coming to Jesus does not require perfection. God wants his children to come to them for the first time just as they are and for the 100th time just as they are. Pray this song as a prayer for those in your life that don’t know Jesus yet.

Glorious Day – Ephesians 2:1-10, John 11:38-44

“I was buried beneath my shame
Who could carry that kind of weight?
It was my tomb – ‘Til I met You
I was breathing, but not alive
All my failures I tried to hide
It was my tomb – ‘Til I met You

You called my name – Then I ran out of that grave
Out of the darkness – Into Your glorious day
You called my name – And I ran out of that grave
Out of the darkness – Into Your glorious day

Now Your mercy has saved my soul
Now Your freedom is all that I know
The old made new – Jesus, when I met You, whoa, what a day

I needed rescue – My sin was heavy
But chains break at the weight of Your glory
I needed shelter – I was an orphan
But You call me a citizen of Heaven
When I was broken – You were my healing
Now Your love is the air that I’m breathing
I have a future – My eyes are open
‘Cause when you called my name – I ran out of that grave”

Do you remember the day you received Jesus? I don’t. I grew up in a Christian home and always believed in Jesus. It wasn’t until I left home, did some wandering and started having children of my own that God began to call me out of my grave and into his glorious light. He reminded me of all that I had been taught as a child, showed me my gifts and how I could serve him and he brought this orphan back home to his heart. Now when I sing this song I can really proclaim “I ran out of that grave!” and I don‘t ever want to go anywhere near it again!

No Greater Love – 1 John 3:16

“For the city, for the world we pray
Let Your light shine down – Come around and live in us
For the close and the far away
Everywhere You are – Everywhere
And we lift high the banner of the cross
There is no greater love than this, no love but this
Jesus Christ laid down His life for us
There is no greater love than His, no love but His
To the city, to the world we go
Set us free, heal the land – You have promised, God, You can

To the last and the least we go
Everywhere You are – Everywhere
In the poor, in the broken
In the crowded city streets
In the towers, in the money
In the strong and in the weak
In the orphans and the widows
In the churches and the bars
You are everywhere – God, You are everywhere”

When we introduced this song to our gatherings my hope was that the lyrics would compel people to step out in faith in the community and beyond and serve. Be the hands and feet of Christ everywhere we are. Where is it that you go every day that you can show God’s love? Where has God called you to go that you have not quite said yes to?

Yes I Will

“I count on one thing – The same God that never fails
Will not fail me now – You won’t fail me now
In the waiting – The same God who’s never late
Is working all things out – You’re working all things out
Yes I will, lift You high in the lowest valley
Yes I will, bless Your name
Oh, yes I will, sing for joy when my heart is heavy
All my days, oh yes I will

And I choose to praise
To glorify, glorify – The Name of all names
That nothing can stand against

Oh, yes I will, lift You high in the lowest valley
Yes I will, bless Your name
Oh, yes I will, sing for joy when my heart is heavy
All my days, oh yes, I will
For all my days, oh yes, I will
For all my days, yes, I will”

Easy to sing…not so easy to do…I am always so in awe of people who can lose everything and still praise God. I think of that man who lost his family in the Wimberley flood. Unimaginable grief, and yet he praised God. I wonder if I would praise God if that happened to me…I hope so. I have had grief in my life before, but never anything like that. It was hard to praise God in those times. It was hard to believe he was working all things out. It was very hard to wait. Let us encourage each other when we are in these times and pray for each other that God will remind us of songs like these and his words of hope that bring joy in the valleys.

How Deep the Fathers Love for Us – Isaiah 53:12, Ephesians 2:4-9

How deep the Father’s love for us – How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son – To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss – The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One – Bring many sons to glory

Behold the man upon a cross – My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice – Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there – Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life – I know that it is finished
I will not boast in anything – No gifts, no power, no wisdom

But I will boast in Jesus Christ – His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward? – I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart – His wounds have paid my ransom
What verse speaks the most to you in this song?

For me, right now it is the last verse. I want to only boast in what Jesus has done for me because I know that I would be nothing without him.

Wonderful Name – Acts 4:12

There is healing, for all who ache
There is comfort, for all in pain
There is freedom, there is grace
Here in Jesus and the power of His name
All who are broken, His love endures
All who are weary, His rest is yours
All who are hopeless, run to His name
He is Jesus and You’ll never be the same

Oh, how sweet the name that calms our storms
How tenderly His love transforms the hardest heart
And the deepest shame
There is power, power in that wonderful name

He is master, The Prince of Peace
He is unchanging, The God who sees
He is Jehovah, Mighty to save
He is Jesus, The Name of above all names!
With my heart stayed on You,
I will stand, in the power of Your name

I love to sing this song. I love that it lists some of the names of Jesus that describe his nature. He is Master, Prince of Peace, unchanging, the God who sees, Jehovah, and mighty to Save. But he is Jesus – the name above all names. What does that mean to be the name above all names? I think it is that when his name is spoken, all must come into order. No other word or name has that power. So why don’t we call on his name more, pray in his name, believe in its power? I want to be a woman who stands in the power of his name and is not afraid to use it to fight my battles and the battles of those I love. What about you?

By Our Love – 1 John 4:7, John 13:34

“Brothers, let us come together
Walking in the Spirit, there’s much to be done!
We will come reaching, out from our comforts
And they will know us by our love.
Sisters, we were made for kindness
We can pierce the darkness as He shines through us.
We will come reaching, with a song of healing
And they will know us by our love!

The time is now, come Church a-rise
Love with His hands, see with His eyes…
Bind it a-round you, let it never leave you,
And they will know us by our love
Children, you are hope for justice,
Stand firm in the Truth now, set your hearts above
You will be reaching, long after we’re gone,
And they will know you by your love!”

I am pretty passionate about the words to this song. It pains me to see brothers and sisters in Christ hurting one another and causing those who don’t believe to not want to be a Christian because of the behaviors they see Christians having. I know we can never be perfect and that’s not what I am saying, but I am saying we can do better. We can love each other with less judgement, we can live more boldly in our faith and raise our children differently than the world, we can be more generous and forgiving. But we have to be firmly rooted in who we are in Christ in order to live this way and to not care what the world thinks – and that is hard. But if we can first love one another and encourage each other in this, it becomes easier. Let us love boldly and trust God with the rest.

Week of January 19 – 25

Raise A Hallelujah

“I raise a hallelujah, in the presence of my enemies
I raise a hallelujah, louder than the unbelief
I raise a hallelujah, my weapon is a melody
I raise a hallelujah, heaven comes to fight for me

I’m gonna sing, in the middle of the storm
Louder and louder, you’re gonna hear my praises roar
Up from the ashes, hope will arise
Death is defeated, the King is alive!

I raise a hallelujah, with everything inside of me
I raise a hallelujah, I will watch the darkness flee
I raise a hallelujah, in the middle of the mystery
I raise a hallelujah, fear you lost your hold on me!

Sing a little louder (In the presence of my enemies)
Sing a little louder (Louder than the unbelief)
Sing a little louder (My weapon is a melody)
Sing a little louder (Heaven comes to fight for me)

In several places in the Old Testament it talks about how the song leaders and instruments went before the armies in war. I think this is why when I am battling something or a friend comes to me that is battling something I often tell myself or them to turn on worship music. Satan cannot be in the vicinity of people praising God. It breaks down barriers and provides clarity when there is confusion and unbelief. So I love the words of this song – my weapon is a melody. I will sing a hallelujah to my heart when I face my enemies and in the middle of the mystery because those praises usher in the heavenlies to fight for me. What is your favorite song that draws you closer to God and gives you the strength to fight through your battles?

Because He Lives (Amen) – Hebrews 7:24; Psalm 103:1

“I believe in the Son – I believe in the risen One
I believe I overcome – By the power of His blood
Amen, Amen – I’m alive, I’m alive
Because He lives
Amen, Amen – Let my song join the one that never ends
Because He lives

I was dead in the grave – I was covered in sin and shame
I heard mercy call my name – He rolled the stone away

Because He lives
I can face tomorrow
Because He lives
Every fear is gone
I know He holds my life, my future in His hands”

This song is a great reminder that we are overcomers in this world through the blood of Christ. One of the hardest things to live out as a believer, yet one of the most powerful realities. Because He lives we can ALWAYS face tomorrow. Because He lives EVERY fear can be gone. I can be confident in what my future holds because he lives. Is there something today that you are hanging on to that you can give to him as you worship to this song?

Is He Worthy? – Revelation 4:11, Revelation 5:5, Revelation 5:12

“Do you feel the world is broken? (We do)
Do you feel the shadows deepen? (We do)
But do you know that all the dark won’t stop the light from getting through? (We do)
Do you wish that you could see it all made new? (We do)

Is all creation groaning? (It is)
Is a new creation coming? (It is)
Is the glory of the Lord to be the light within our midst? (It is)
Is it good that we remind ourselves of this? (It is)

Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave
He is David’s root and the Lamb who died to ransom the slave

Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Of all blessing and honor and glory?
Is He worthy of this? – He is

Does the Father truly love us? (He does)
Does the Spirit move among us? (He does)
And does Jesus, our Messiah, hold forever those He loves? (He does)
Does our God intend to dwell again with us? (He does)

From every people and tribe (People and tribe)
Every nation and tongue (Every nation and tongue)
He has made us a kingdom and priests to God – To reign with the Son

Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Of all blessing and honor and glory?
Is He worthy? Is He worthy?
Is He worthy of this?
He is, He is”

The first time we sang this song with the choir it made me cry. I love the way the writer wrote this so as you sing it you are proclaiming the truth in the questions that are being asked. It’s almost like he wants you to make sure you know the answers to the questions so you get it right and the truth settles in your heart. I used to be a cheerleader, and in a very small way it reminds me of how we used to get the crowd to agree with us and cheer our team on.

When we were all screaming together, it motivated and created such an energy. It was contagious. What if the Church was of one voice all the time? What if just our little congregation lived each day in our little community with a oneness that proclaimed he is among us, moving and worthy? Do you believe ALL the words of this song so deeply that you would share their truth daily? Keep singing them. Dig into the word and the book of Revelation and help bring about his return.

What a Beautiful Name – Philippians 2:9-11

“You were the Word at the beginning
One with God the Lord Most High
Your hidden glory in creation
Now revealed in You our Christ

What a beautiful Name it is – What a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a beautiful Name it is – Nothing compares to this
What a beautiful Name it is – The Name of Jesus

You didn’t want heaven without us
So Jesus, You brought heaven down
My sin was great, Your love was greater
What could separate us now

What a wonderful Name it is – What a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus Christ my King
What a wonderful Name it is – Nothing compares to this
What a wonderful Name it is – The Name of Jesus
What a wonderful Name it is – The Name of Jesus

Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You
You silenced the boast of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring the praise of Your glory
For You are raised to life again
You have no rival, You have no equal
Now and forever, God, You reign
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory
Yours is the Name above all names”

I love the second verse of this song…”You didn’t want heaven without us, so Jesus you brought heaven down”…that is such a beautiful picture. Think about it…He was in the perfection of heaven and he willingly left there, knowing what would happen to him. But he did it anyways because he wanted us with him and that was the only way it was going to happen. And now he prepares a home for us. Hasn’t he done enough!? No – he lavishes his love on us, even after he saves us, even when we keep sinning. So sing in proclamation the words of the bridge out of that knowledge…death could not hold him…He has NO rival and he reigns forever and ever.

King of Kings – Luke 24:1-8; Acts 2:24-28; Acts 2:42-47

“In the darkness, we were waiting – Without hope, without light
‘Til from Heaven You came running – There was mercy in Your eyes
To fulfill the law and prophets – To a virgin came the Word
From a throne of endless glory – To a cradle in the dirt

Praise the Father, praise the Son, praise the Spirit, three in one
God of glory, Majesty – Praise forever to the King of Kings

To reveal the kingdom coming – And to reconcile the lost
To redeem the whole creation – You did not despise the cross
For even in Your suffering – You saw to the other side
Knowing this was our salvation – Jesus for our sake You died

And the morning that You rose – All of Heaven held its breath
‘Til that stone was moved for good – For the Lamb had conquered death
And the dead rose from their tombs – And the angels stood in awe
For the souls of all who’d come – To the Father are restored

And the church of Christ was born – Then the Spirit lit the flame
Now this gospel truth of old – Shall not kneel, shall not faint
By His blood and in His name – In His freedom I am free
For the love of Jesus Christ – Who has resurrected me

This is a new song that we will be doing in our gatherings. I love the simple melody but solid gospel presentation from beginning to end that it tells. Oh and the chorus… this is something I think we will sing in heaven. I pray as you listen to this song and sing it as a family that you will feel a connection with the heavenlies and can close your eyes and place yourself in front of his throne giving Him praise.

I get so excited when we get to lift our voices together singing such powerful songs that proclaim the story of our Savior. You may be surprised the different ways God get’s his story out to the world. I believe there will be some that hear this songs and others like it that will come to know him through it. So sing it out. Play it in your car. Play it in your home. Hum it in the grocery store – who knows who is listening.

Reckless Love – Psalm 51

“Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me
You have been so, so good to me
When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me
You have been so, so kind to me

There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down
Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me

Read this link to an article about the writer of this song because I love it when Christians take off the mask and show their humanity and sinful nature and don’t pretend they have it all together. This song was written out of a place of shame and brokenness from a man who thought he could not be used by God because of his past sins. He allowed the enemy to tear him down and believe lies about himself that just weren’t true. He lived in darkness and hid from healing but God would not stop pursuing him with his love and forgiveness.

I love the imagery of the shepherd leaving his 99 to go find the one lost sheep. This is God’s truth come to life in this writer’s life and I have experienced it in mine as well during a time of rebellion. God is faithful, we don’t deserve it, and to some it seems reckless – but God’s love is overwhelming, and he does not want any of his children living in pain, sorrow or feelings worthlessness. Because his cross paid it all. Period. What does God’s reckless love mean to you and can you think of a time you have experienced in your life and give him thanks?

It Is Well – Psalm 62:5

“Grander earth has quaked before
Moved by the sound of His voice
Seas that are shaken and stirred
Can be calmed and broken for my regard

Through it all, through it all – my eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all it is well
Through it all, through it all – my eyes are on You
And it is well with me

Far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can’t see
And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

So let go, my soul
And trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name

It is well, with my soul
It is well, with my soul”

Such a beautiful song about trusting in the plans and purposes of God. I love how this is blended with the old hymn at the end “It is well with my soul”. How many times do we really act like that though? I know I don’t always have the faith that can move mountains. I like to be in control and letting go and letting God can be hard. But why do I even fight it when the waves and wind know his name?

The sweet simplicity of the voice and instruments in this song mixed with the lyrics proclaiming the power and greatness of God is so juxtaposed – just like my faith sometimes. I say I trust Him but then I so easily take back control and try to do it my way. Then sometimes I stop, and breathe and remind myself who He is and who I am not – He is the Creator of the universe and so I choose through it all, to be well. What do the words “it is well with my soul” mean to you?