Archive for March, 2009

“Mystery” by Phil Wickham (Acoustic)

Wow. The lyrics to this song are so, so amazing. A lot of scripture fused in here. I absolutely love this song of praise to our Lord and King! I downloaded the song today and found an acoustic version on You-tube, which I have included below. From the way Phil describes his spiritual walk when writing this song, I feel like I am at a similar place right now in my own walk with Christ – a place of just so desperately wanting to know Him, wanting to feel His presence every moment, wanting to become One with His Spirit, and wanting to see Him move in my life. Just wanting, wanting, wanting more of Him. I feel so blessed that God led me to this song today!

The entire song is wonderful, but the lines from the chorus stuck out most for me. “I wanna hear the thunder of who You are.” How awesome! Can you imagine what God’s thunder would sound like? Him being the Creator of energy! I can’t even fathom the shock wave He would produce. Our ears could not handle it.

I also love the idea of being “captured inside the wonder of who You are.” I love that Phil Wickham used the word “captured.” To be arrested, seized, completely occupied by His wonder, unable to escape it! Oh my God, what an amazing thought! I want this so deeply! Lord, inhabit all of me that others and I would only see You and none of me!

The line that made me fall deeper in praise was the last line of the chorus: “I wanna live and I wanna breathe to search out Your heart and all of Your mystery.” God is SO huge! There is so much we don’t know and won’t be able to fully comprehend until Heaven, but this is still my prayer for my life. Lord, I just want to know You more and more! I know my tiny brain can’t handle it all, but please overload me with You!

At the end of the song when Wickham belts out “Let me know who You are!” Ah! That brought me to a whole ‘nother height of praise and then the song was over!! But that’s okay. I just hit repeat – haha 🙂

Be blessed! 🙂

Here in the quiet
Speak to me now
My ears are open to
Your gentle sweet whispering

And break down the door
Come inside
Shine down Your bright lights
I need a lamp for my feet
Yea, I need a lamp for my feet

‘Cause I wanna hear the thunder of who You are
To be captured inside the wonder of who You are
And I wanna live
I wanna breathe
To search out Your heart
And all of Your mystery

You were the first
And You’ll be the end
Time cannot hold You down
So why save a wretch like me?

‘Cause no eye has seen
And no ear has heard
No heart could fully know
All of Your mystery

And I wanna hear the thunder of who You are
To be captured inside the wonder of who You are
I wanna live
And I wanna breathe
To search out Your heart
And all of Your mystery

Your glory burns in the stars
Shine down Your light
Let it burn in my heart
Bring me to glory
Bring me to You
Lord, it’s Your heart that I will hold on to

And I wanna hear the thunder of who You are
To be captured inside the wonder of who You are
I wanna live
And I wanna breathe
To search out Your heart
And all of Your mystery

Your glory burns in the stars
Shine down Your light
Let me know who You are
Jesus,
Your glory burns in the stars
Shine down Your light
Let me see You
Let me see You

“Sweet Sweet Sound” by Sarah Reeves

In searching for You-Tube videos of Danyew’s music, I found this wonderful new Christian artist:  Sarah Reeves. Danyew accompanied her on one of her tours (see video below – there’s a quick flash of him on the guitar).

I was so enamored by her voice in the above clip that I searched for more of her music and found this song on her myspace page (www.myspace.com/sarahreevesmusic). I was hooked from the very first line.

Be blessed! 🙂

I am an instrument of the living God
My life a melody to His name
More than the songs I sing
Worship is everything
I live to glorify my King

Hear the song of my life
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
I raise this anthem high
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound

Through all the mire and clay
You’re washing me with grace
You carry me, oh Lord, through it all
So I will testify even in the fire
I live to praise my Savior

Hear the song of my life
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
I raise this anthem high
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound

Let everything that has breath
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord
And all creation will sing Hallelujah

Hear the song of my life
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
I raise this anthem high

Let it be a sweet, sweet sound
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound

“Close Your Eyes” by Danyew

I was searching for “Beautiful King” on You-Tube and a music video for one of his older songs, “Close Your Eyes.” I typed the lyrics, but I’m uncertain about a few lines. At least it’s something 🙂

It was simple until I started to question
the answers i started testing
to find the truth
between the lines
to decipher all these signs

i thought,
there’s gotta be something more to
this gravity that pulls us toward you
i found the proof i thought i needed
i looked in the mirror
yet i was breathing

just close your eyes
wake your mind
realize
we’re connected

it took a while to see
i thought the only that one they follow is me
but your telescope eyes helped me to see
the sparkling  hidden truth buried underneath

you’re beautiful by design
you’re intricate, yes you’re divine
the deepest part of the human heart
is where true love blows
in from the windows

close your eyes
wake your mind
realize
we’re connected

if we don’t have love what do we have
if we close our eyes then can we last?
but maybe if we hold our breath this thing will pass
you know that i never look back
never look back
never look back
never look back
never look back
never look back

close your eyes
wake your mind
realize
we’re connected

we are connected
we are connected
we’re connected

Future Posts (April)

As I described throughout the earlier posts, I plan to continue this “Garden Principles” series and move on to discuss an all favorite topic: LOVE! I have a million notes written down and I just have to sit down and condense it all. But I will be focusing on the differences between 1) how men vs. women show love, and 2) how men vs. women expect to receive love. But warning – don’t expect this post too soon from now.

Also, I am just starting to read the book The Final Quest, by Rick Joyner.

This is my mom’s top recommended book for serious Christians. She recommended that I read it years ago, but I opted not to because I didn’t think I was spiritually mature enough. But I feel spiritually ready now and am so excited for what the Lord will reveal to me through this book. I bought a copy for a friend – which reminds me, I have to mail it out on Thursday (note to self). But I’m hoping we can bless each other as we read it.

So my next post will likely be the love post and will temporarily close out the Garden Principles series. Although there is so much I have learned from the exploring the Garden and so much more left for me to learn, I feel like God is moving me away from meditating on love relationships and onto meditating on how we are to build ourselves (and each other) up as individual members of Christ. For, in strengthening our individual selves, we strengthen and unite the body. And I think it is especially appropriate that I start The Final Quest now, after I have spent the last month studying 1st Corinthians with my Bible study group. It’s awesome how God lines things up, isn’t it? Perfect timing, Lord, as always. 🙂

God Bless you!

Garden Principles IId – Personal Note Regarding Unequally Yoked Spouses

Now I put a star at the end of the previous post because I don’t want this to be misunderstood. I feel like often people think of male-female relationships as one-sided, as though the actions of each are one-directional. Rather, I think that a synergy is supposed to exist and that synergy is achieved through intimacy. I touched on this in the section on Eve and Women, but I think it is worth emphasizing so that I am not misunderstood. Again let’s consider Christ and the Church. When we as members of the Church have a concern, do we just wait idly by for the Lord to reveal what we are supposed to do? No. What do we do? We talk to Jesus. We pray (talk) to Him. We actively seek Him. We express our concerns, our hopes, and our desires to Him. It is a two-way communication, a partnership. We move toward Him and He moves toward us. This is as it should be between a husband and wife also. They are to communicate with each other; the husband is to listen to and fully consider the concerns, hopes, and desires of his wife, and she is to listen to and fully consider his counsel.

Now, as for submitting to (trusting) your husband’s guidance, I personally only feel that a woman should trust the guidance of a Godly man who is truly striving for enlightenment and intimacy with Jesus Christ. This is my PERSONAL opinion, absolutely not me saying that I have read this in the Bible. I would encourage you to do your own searching on this and bring this question to the Lord. But for me personally, it just makes sense that a Godly woman can have peace submitting to (trusting) a Godly man because he is striving to live according to the husband role  established by God, and is therefore plugged into God and living to exemplify Christ in his daily walk. Thus, if he is submitting to (trusting) God, as she is submitting to (trusting) him (the husband), there is an overall submission (trust) in the Lord. But if the husband is not a Christian actively in the word and actively striving to live according to Christ’s principles, then she is trusting a man who is not trusting God and not weighing all of his decisions in Christ. Rather, in such a marriage, I feel that the wife should look to Christ alone to be her head and to counsel her in matters related to her marriage and life.

Now, because the roles are different, my opinion will be different for men. In my personal opinion, men should still live as the head with their non-Christian wives. They should be ever-connected with God and counsel their wives according to His principles. I would hope that in living this role, he would be successful in leading her to the Lord.

Again, this is just how I see it. I am still studying the Word on this, and Lord please reveal to me if this is wrongful thinking and, if it is, guide me in Your Word to Your truth.

NOTE: God bless Brother wellis32 for reminding me of 1Peter3:1-7:

[1] Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; [2] While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. [3] Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; [4] But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. [5] For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: [6] Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.  [7] Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.

I will have to pray on this a bit more. I’ll come back to this post.

Garden Principles IIc – Thinking about the Whole Picture

I think this view of Adam and Eve is not only important for laying the foundation for what roles a husband and wife are to live (Ephesians 5), but equally important for providing us a model of a husband and wife that fail to act out these roles. When their roles were reversed, they entered into spiritual disobedience and all chaos broke loose.

Personally, it really makes a lot of sense to me that God would challenge men and women to adopt roles that are opposite those that were lived by Adam and Eve in the moment of temptation. We only grow closer to the Lord when we are challenged and challenge ourselves. Therefore, living roles opposite those of the Adam and Eve will challenge: 1) men’s temptation to just focus on their work and not counsel (i.e. communicate) with their wives, and 2) women’s temptation to be in control of their husbands and dictate the direction of their relationships. God wants to stretch us and make us stronger in Him, so I would encourage you to resist these gender-specific temptations and instead push into our Lord. Men, strive to be good spiritual examples to your wives; strive to advise and communicate with them. Women, strive to respect and trust your husband’s ability to lead you and your family in the right (Godly) direction. ** (< continue to next post for star explanation)

Garden Principles IIb – Eve, Women, and Wives

In the moment of temptation, Eve acted as the leader in her relationship with Adam and led him to eat the fruit. In this moment, she was the chief counselor in their relationship and advised Adam on what to do. Thus, we see that God commanded the opposite for women: In Ephesians 5:22, wives are to “submit to your husbands as to the Lord.” In v. 24, we see that they are to “submit to their husbands in everything,” and in v. 33, “must respect her husband,” who will “rule over her” (Gen. 3:16).

Now this is very unsettling for secular and Christian women, who interpret these verses to be anti-feminist by intimating that women are to act as doormats and do whatever their husbands command. They apply such sterile interpretations of these verses, as though the relationship between a husband and wife is like a master to his slave. But this is incorrect thinking and thwarts the growth that is intended for both spouses in a Godly marriage.  Women are not to be subjected to the dictatorship of men. No, rather, I believe “submission” is synonymous with “trust.”

Let’s again look at Ephesians 5. After it states that wives are to submit to their husbands (v. 22), it immediately relates the husband to Christ and His relationship with the Church. I think this is done to discourage us ladies from interpreting our submission as subjugation. As the Church, we are not forcefully dominated by Christ. Rather, we must submit to His rule. And how do we do this? By trusting His ability to guide us. Thus, in the same way, we as wives are to trust our husbands’ ability to guide us and advise us in the way of the Lord.

Here’s another way I thought about this. Since husbands are related to Christ’s relationship with the Church, I thought it would make sense to look to Christ and His Bride (the Church) and consider what He most desires from her (the Church). The answer is her Love. Mark 22:37-38 states:

“you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”

Thus, Christ most desires our love for Him, and how is love fostered and achieved? Through intimacy. And what is required and developed through intimacy? Trust.

Thus, if Christ and the Church represent the model to be followed in marriage, then all of these elements (love, intimacy, trust) should exist between a husband and wife.

Let’s look again at Ephesians 5. I think it is extremely significant that in God’s description of a husband and wife’s relationship, He describes intimacy. It’s as though He built the same case as made above (love <-> intimacy <-> trust) so that we women would understand that trust is what is expected of us in our marriages. In Ephesians 5:28-31, it states:

“In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. [29] After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church – [30] for we are members of His body. [31] ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ [32] This is a profound mystery, but I am talking about Christ and the church. [33] However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”

These verses point to the unity and intimacy that should exist between a husband and wife, that he should “love [her] as [his] own body” and both should “become one flesh.” And as aforementioned, in intimacy, trust is essential to a relationship and further fostered as the relationship deepens. I think this is intimated by the fact that these verses on intimacy end with the commandment that “the wife must respect her husband.” I don’t know about you, but personally, it is much easier for me to trust and take the advice of someone that I respect.

This was a looong description, but I think it’s much more difficult for people to understand the concept of wives’ submission to her husband, so I wrote more for this section. Moral of the story:  Eve led and counseled Adam when they were tempted. Therefore, women are now challenged to trust the counsel of their husbands.

Now, this is obviously not an easy commandment to follow. Of the three elements (love, intimacy, trust) that must be cultivated in a marriage, trust will certainly be the most difficult for women. As the curse indicates:  Gen. 3:16 – women will have desire for their husbands – i.e. will strive to control them. But sisters, I would challenge you to be aware of your desire and strive to grow in the Lord by trusting the guidance of your Godly husbands.

But in a future post, I plan to elaborate on the ways in which women communicate love, how Eve’s curse provides an explanation for the ways in which women expect their husbands to love them, and how women’s understanding of male communication/love can help them convert their idealistic expectations into realistic ones.