Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Lord have mercy -Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant

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Lord have mercy ~ Michael W Smith with Amy Grant

Psalm 86 v3 -.
Have mercy on me, O Lord,
I call to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant,

for to you, O Lord,
I lift up my soul.
You are forgiving and good,

O Lord,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, O LORD;

listen to my cry for mercy.
In the day of my trouble I will call to you,

for you will answer me.
Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord;

no deeds can compare with yours.
All the nations you have made

will come and worship before you, O Lord;
they will bring glory to your name.
For you are great and do marvelous deeds;

you alone are God.
Teach me your way, O LORD,

and I will walk in your truth;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart;

I will glorify your name forever.
For great is your love toward me;

you have delivered me from the depths of the grave
The arrogant are attacking me, O God;

a band of ruthless men seeks my life—
men without regard for you.
But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,

slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
Turn to me and have mercy on me;

grant your strength to your servant
and save the son of your maidservant.
Give me a sign of your goodness,

that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,
for you, O LORD, have helped me and comforted me.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Mary Did You Know?

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Mary Did you know?

Mary did you know is traditionally seen as a song for Christmas time, but with it being Mothering Sunday (mothers day) in the UK yesterday I'd thought that today I would focus on the Mother of Christ.

Mary, Did you know?
This song never fails to make me think what joy and pain motherhood can inflict upon a woman. Mary allowed herself to have that pain inflicted upon her when she said "let it be acording to your will" in response to being told that she would bear Gods son.
I truely wonder whether she could have really understood what this entailed or indeed, whether when she was living through the tring times of her sons childhood she could understand what it all meant.

As a young girl, unmarried and being told "you have been chosen" cannot have been easy. There would have been ridicule, rumours and disowning to deal with.

One day the family had joined a pilgrimage to the temple in jerusalem. On the return home, there were a lot of people travelling together and after a full days travel, Mary and Joseph discovered that Jesus was "lost". What terror must have gone through her mind. I remember my little sister being lost on the beach in France when we were little. Seeing my parents fear and then their joy at being reunited with a small teary faced child, glad to be safe back in the arms of her mum. and yet when Mary found Jesus he was happily sitting in the temple discussing deep subjects with some teachers. His response is not that of a lost child. He says "did you not know I would be in my Fathers house" How Mary must have felt at that I don't know.

Later in Jesus life we see Mary, along with her son at the wedding in Canan. Here she has great faith in her son. She tells the servants "do as he tells you". Jesus then performs his first public miracle. How proud she must have been.

Then picture her seeing her son captured, tried, publically flogged and led through the streets carrying his cross. How her heart must have broken, the pain she had to bear. I can't begin to imagine that sorrow at seeing her child be placed upon a cross and to hear his cries.

Seeing Jackie, the mother of Jade Goody (UK - 27 year old reality TV star) standing at the gates of her daughters home over recent weeks, sharing what is happening as her daughter battles with ravaging cancer, it is plain to see how devastating it is to see a child dying. Jade passed away in the arly hours of the morning on Mothers Day, a week after being batized along side her sons.

Adrian Snells song "Son of the world" echo's the sentiments in the song above.

Sonof my heart where are you roaming?
I have wandered many paths in search of you
Rising with the sun as the early flowers open
You wander lonely through our country
With words I cannot understand
Son of my heart.

Son of my life I love you dearly
Love so deep I don't know how to say
I want you close to my heart and walking by me
Yet ways are strange,
your people change
Son of my life,

Son of the world I was your mother
Mine was the pain that once unlocked you to the world
And now I see a stranger held in chains and taken from me
What words remain when daylight fades
Son of the world.

Father God
We ask that you bless mothers everywhere.
You saw your own mothers pain as she saw you grow to manhood. You understand the frustrations, pains and joys that Mothers go through.
Be a comfort to mothers who suffer loss of their children through death or circumstances.
Heal relationships between mothers and children and restore the love.
Thank you for the gift of children that turn us from womanhood to motherhood. Let our children be a blessing to us and let us share your love with them.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

In His Time

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In his time

Ecc.3 v1-8
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

This beautiful song speaks about how God can turn mourning into dancing, how he'll make all things beautiful but it will be in his time, not ours. This really means that we need to hold strong to the promise he gives us, as all too often we expect imediate answers to our prayers and we expect them to be answered in the way that we want rather than the sometimes creative way that God chooses to answer them.
Verse one begins "In his time" but as the song is sung we see a deepening of the personal realtionship with God as the words change to "In your time".

In His time, in His time,
He makes all thing beautiful in
His time.Lord, my life to You I bring,
May each song I have to sing,
Be to You a lovely thing,
in Your time.

In Your time,
in Your time,
You make all thing beautiful in Your time.
Lord, my life to You I bring,
May each song I have to sing,
Be to You a
lovely thing,
in Your time.

Ecc 3 v11
"He has made every thing beautiful in his time"

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I am the way - Adrian Snell

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Alpha and Omega ~ Adrian Snell

Alpha and Omega ~ The first and the last.

This song is based on many of the words spoken by Jesus.

John 14:6 "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

John 14 v10 " I am in the Father and the Father is in me"

John 12 v 36 "Whoever serves me must follow me"

"Come to me with your burdens and I will give you rest"

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

bridge over troubled water ~ Paul Simon sung by Michael W Smith

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Bridge over troubled water ~ Paul Simon

Again, this song was not written as a song for God, but the words are very fitting to the way God talks to us.

Isaiah 49 v 13
Shout for joy, O heavens;
rejoice, O earth;
burst into song, O mountains!
For the LORD comforts his people
and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

When youre weary,
feeling small,
When tears are in your eyes,
I will dry them all; (because I know what you are feeling)
Im on your side. (I'm by your side)
when times get rough (I've been through rough times)
And friends just cant be found, (my friends turned their back on me too)

Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down. (I lay down on the cross for you)

When you're down and out,
When you're on the street,
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you.
Ill take your part.
When darkness comes
And pains is all around, (I've been in the darkness, I've suffered the pain for you)

Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down. (I lay down on the cross for you and I will pick you up and carry you accross the troubled water of your life.)

The lord comforts his people and will have compassion for the afflicted

Sunday, March 8, 2009

I call you Faithful ~ Donnie McClurkin

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I call you faithful ~ Donnie McClurkin

Rev 1 V8 I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."

Donnie McClurkin wrote this song as a simple reflection on the many facets that God has to us. Bet you'll be singing it all day. see how many more thing you can add to the list!

I call you holy
Your name is holy
You are so holy to me
I call you holy
Your name is holy holy you are and holy you'll be.

I call you Righteous ...

I call you awesome ....

I call you faithful ....

I call you healer ...

I call you saviour ....

I call you all that ....

Thank you father that you are so many things to me. Thank you that you are able to meet every need I have. You are everything to me.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

We Bow Down ~ Viola Grafstrom

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We Bow Down ~ Viola Grafstrom

2 Corinthians 9:8-9
And God is able to make all grace abound to you,
so that in all things at all times,
having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
As it is written:
"He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.

You are all I need
It's your face I seek
In the presence of your light
we bow down
we bow down

We bow down
and confess
You are Lord in this place

Friday, March 6, 2009

Above All Powers Baloche and Le Blanc

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Above All Powers ~ Baloche and Le Blanc

The verse of this song is based on the passage I Chronicles 29 V 11

Yours, O LORD,
is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, O LORD, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.

There's no way to measure what you're worth ......

Crucified ......You died

you lay behind the stone ..... you were burried

You lived to die .... you were sent in human form to this earth with the sole intention of saving us

rejected and alone .... you knew what it was like to feel rejected and ostracisied and at the hour of your death, you felt that even your own father had "forsken you"

like a rose trampled on the ground

you took the fall ... it was for my sins you died

and thought of me ... you took my punishment

Above all

Thank you father for your love for me
Thank you Jesus that you died for me
Thank you Spirit that you're here with me
And I love you. I love you

Thursday, March 5, 2009

We Fall Down ~ Chris Tomlin ~ Kutless

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We Fall down ~ Chris Tomlin

The words to this chris Tomlin song are of absolute surrender and worship.

In the bible we are constantly told of people falling down at the feet of Jesus in both reverence, fear and worship.

In Luke 8 v 28 The man who was posssesed by an evil spirit," saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, "What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don't torture me!"

and then in verse 35. and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus' feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.

in the same chapter v41 Then a man named Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue, came and fell at Jesus' feet, pleading with him to come to his house.

Luke 17 v 16 He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.

The feet of Jesus is a place where we can come in what ever situation we find ourself. whether we are burdened or thankful.

We fall down
we lay our crowns
at the feet of Jesus
The greatness of mercy and love
at the feet of Jesus
We cry Holy Holy Holy
we cry Holy Holy Holy
and we cry Holy Holy Holy is the Lamb

And the wonderful thing is that Jesus knows just why we are at his feet. he knows our joys and our sorrows and he shares then with us.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Fathers song ~ Matt Redman

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The Fathers Song ~ Mat Redman

Zephaniah 3 v 17

The Lord your God is with you
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love.
He will rejoice over you with singing

The words of Matt Redmans song take this verse from the bible and make it into a personal statement. The comforting words of Love spoken to us by Gods words and actions imprint his love in our hearts.

I have heard so many songs
Listened to a thousand tongues
But there is one
That sounds above them all
The Fathers song
The Fathers love
You sung it over me and for eternity
It's written on my heart

Heavens perfect melody
The Creators symphony
You are singing over me
The Fathers son
Heavens perfect mystery
The king of love has sent for me
And now you're singing over me
The Fathers song

I have heard so many songs
Listened to a thousand tongues
But there is one
That sounds above them all
The Fathers song
The Fathers love
You sung it over me and for eternity
It's written on my heart