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“I Will Sing Unending Songs…”

“Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord…”
Psalm 102:18 (ESV)

unending songs

This weekend, I will spend Saturday morning and Sunday evening recording a live worship album with the worship ministries team at church.

I’m only one small part of the second row of a large choir (plus orchestra, rhythm section, praise team, tech team, children’s choir, and student choir), but I am so excited to be a part of this recording project. I do not take this opportunity and responsibility lightly … to be a part of leading others (both present and future generations, both in my city and around the world) to worship in spirit and in truth and to praise the Lord’s name!

While we’ve been diligently preparing and rehearsing for several weeks (probably more like months…) now, this past Wednesday evening was obviously a particularly long and intense rehearsal as tempos were being nailed down, harmonies were being fine-tuned, rhythms were being locked-in, cut-offs were being sharpened, and all of the moving parts were being tweaked to come into their final places.

No doubt there will be a few additional tweaks throughout the multiple day recording process this weekend (and beyond) as well.

But beyond the logistics and the technical aspects of the music, the lights, the sound, etc., it is such an honor and privilege to serve alongside this worship ministries team under the leadership of a worship pastor who values and prioritizes Biblical worship.

Even the most intense rehearsals are Christ-centered and worship-focused.

I love that!

Now I’m not really much into visions. In fact, I’m probably more on the side of the skeptic when it comes to receiving some form of a vision from the Lord, but I also believe that God can and does still work that way when His people are willing to listen and see.

So what I’m about to say, I take incredibly seriously, but know I likely won’t be able to do the moment much justice at all. But it’s too rich not to at least try!

As we were nearing the 2.5 hour mark on Wednesday evening, as I was feeling more fatigued by the minute and rather at the end of myself, during our final worship set, a medley of four songs all about the eternal song of praise in heaven, the Lord allowed me to catch a hazy and fleeting, but oh so powerful, glimpse of the reality of heaven.

Not in a clear photographic vision sort of way.
Not even in a clouds-parted-and-I-literally-saw-heaven sort of way.
Not at all.

But with the house lights down, the spotlights bright, the many exit signs glowing, in the fogginess and dimness of that moment as we were literally singing the words,

“Every eye will see the coming of the King…”

I saw it.

A hazy, fleeting, barely-for-a-moment glimpse of That Day when all eyes will be focused on the Center of this eternal reality … the light and truth that is our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.

Oh. Wow.

I’m speechless just thinking about it again!

It was as if for that very brief moment, I was able to step outside of myself, aware of the powerful and heartfelt worship coming from the entire team around me, but somehow removed from it and able to catch a glimpse of what this looked like from the outside.  Somehow able to see this grand light – Jesus Christ on His throne – that we were all singing towards, that our hearts were all directed towards, that our eyes were all looking towards.

Every eye seeing. Every knee bowing. Every heart worshiping.

And y’all.

It changed my own heart in an instant.

At the end of myself, the Great I AM stepped in and re-directed my heart to the unending, awesome, holy, and wonderful Glory of His Son.

While still physically exhausted, my worship was transformed following that moment … renewed, energized, passionate, and true.

Eternity is a reality. Heaven is real.

And THE eternal song of heaven begins now…

“Holy, Holy are You Lord, God, Almighty!”

“Worthy is the Lamb!”

“Jesus is the Lord!”

“Blessing and honor and glory and power, forever!”

“I will sing unending songs…”

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My Top 3 New Favorite Songs

my top 3 new favorite songs

1. Lord, I Need You – Matt Maher

“Lord I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You.
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You.”

It’s not often that I buy a new song as soon as it’s released. But the first time I heard this one, I knew it was one I needed to add to my collection. These lyrics slay me. They reach some inner part of my soul that is crying with desperation for the Lord to be near and fill me. Because I just can’t live this life without Him. The verses are every bit as powerful and truth-filled.

2. By Faith – Keith & Kristyn Getty

A modern hymn with a celtic flair. I love how each of the verses build on one another to tell such a powerful story of walking by faith and not by sight.

3. The Word of God Has Spoken – Travis Cottrell

We’re learning this song as a choir at church right now in preparation of an upcoming worship ministries recording project. I first heard it quite a while ago when I purchased the album, When the Stars Burn Down, but had sort of forgotten about it. I have no idea how, though, because when I realized which song it was, and as we’ve been rehearsing it, it has quickly become one that sits on repeat while I’m writing. This message of freedom never gets old:

“We are running to salvation, we have been delivered.
The Word of God has spoken we are free.”

What are some of your current favorite songs?

Photo of the Week: Forty Four

It’s November, Thanksgiving is just a few short days away, and life is too precious to not be just plain grateful, so today I’m thankful for:

leftover Greek-style chicken,

coffee with whipped cream,

gingerbread men with sprinkles,

adorable conversations with two-year-olds (who says you can only read one book at a time?),

the privilege to enjoy the little things,

and the freedom to worship a loving and righteous God who is sovereign over it all.

How about you . . . what are you thankful for today?

I Want to Live for Christ

I only have one life … only so many days, only so many hours.

It’s so easy to get caught up in possibilities and dreams, to be overwhelmed by somedays, what ifs, and if onlys.

I can’t do it all.

But so what if I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up?

I’m living now … each day, each moment … and I want it to count. Eternally.

I desperately long to hear those words from the Master:

“Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23)

I want to live this life trusting Him, serving Him, sharing Him.

For His glory.

Not mine.

Because it’s still not about me. It never has been. It never will be.

I want to stop feeling guilty for the choices that I make … I want to own those choices knowing that I have made them according to the only standard for my life that matters at all. His standard.

Considering the urgings of Paul, I want to

“…live a life worthy of the calling I have received.” (Ephesians 4:1)

I want to live a life worthy of the gospel.

I want to press on toward the goal.

I want to run in such a way to obtain the prize.

If life right now mostly looks like working, worshiping alongside a solid ministry team, studying Scripture, loving on two-year-olds in the nursery, writing, investing in rich friendships, and hanging out in coffee shops than I want to do those things … my things … His things … well. Fully invested in His kingdom work.

I want to live for Christ.

“But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” (Galatians 6:14)

Photo of the Week: Thirty Five

This past Saturday, I spent most of the day watching the Living Proof Live Simulcast 2012 from my home office (and yes, I was totally in my pajamas) … hearing Beth Moore teach a powerful message straight from the Word (from 2 Kings 4, to be exact) and being led in worship by Travis Cottrell. The message of recognizing our desperate need for the Lord whether we have almost nothing or almost everything, of putting faith back into our faithfulness, and of overcoming fear with faith was such a blessing and a timely exhortation. Such a God thing!

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“The Lord speaks; many, many women spread the good news.” – Psalm 68:11

Cling to Him

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you…

Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.

My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips…

My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.”

Psalm 63:1, 3, 5, 8 (ESV)

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Seek Him. Praise Him. Be satisfied in Him. Cling to Him.

10 Most Played Worship Songs on My iTunes

Call me crazy, but I typically listen to worship music while I walk on the treadmill (well, that or I read) because it motivates, focuses, and challenges me far more than music with a faster or more consistent beat, but with empty and meaningless lyrics. And really, there’s just something so satisfying about worshiping your heart out during a work out.

So these are some of the most played songs from my worship playlists that frequently accompany my walks. And in the name of full disclosure, I’ll just go right ahead and say it … this list reflects the current 10 most played worship songs, not necessarily of all time, though there is some overlap.

1. God is Able – Hillsong

This is such a powerful song. When I need to be confronted with my own smallness (and trust me, that’s often), this is one of my first choices.

2. All is Grace – Shaun Groves

From his album Third World Symphony, this is one of my favorites. I listen to it a lot. The lyrics and melody are simple and full of truth.

3. All I Have is Christ – Sovereign Grace Music

This is probably one of the best worship songs I have ever heard. The lyrics are so, so powerful and Christ-centered.

4. Just As I Am – Travis Cottrell

Love this: “I come broken to be mended, I come wounded to be healed, I come desperate to be rescued, I come empty to be filled. I come guilty to be pardoned by the blood of Christ the Lamb, and I’m welcomed with open arms, praise God, just as I am.”

5. The River – Brian Doerksen

With lyrics rich in the message of forgiveness, this song has been in the running of most played worship songs for several years (long before I even had an iTunes account). And this experience in Greece makes the song even sweeter.

6. Redeemer – Kutless

Classic worship song. Modernized by Kutless. Powerful as ever.

7. 10,000 Reasons – Matt Redman

There are hardly words to express how much I love this song. “For all Your goodness I will keep on singing, 10,000 reasons for my heart to find. Bless the Lord, O, my soul…worship His holy name…”

8. More Than Amazing – Lincoln Brewster

Because yes, “…forever our God, You’re more than enough, You are amazing.”

9. Worthy is the Lamb – Hillsong

Another one that’s probably been in the top 10 list for several years now. Reflecting on the cross and proclaiming that Christ is worthy never gets old.

10. My Hope – Tommy Coomes Band

I first heard this song when I was serving as a summer missionary in college. A couple other summer missionaries and I helped at the book/media table for the Franklin Graham Crusade in Baltimore, and the Tommy Coomes Band led worship for the event. It remains a favorite to this day.

So, tell me, what are some of your top 10 most played songs?