Thursday, March 24, 2011

With Us (2)

I just recently worked on a new recording of this song, previously posted here.

For some reason, this song has been back on my radar, perhaps in connection with the world events that have been happening recently, the unrest in Libya and the Middle East, and especially the Tsunami in Japan.

We need to know that in the midst of nations raging, mountains quaking, and seas roaring, we have a God who is strong, before whom we can be still and confident.

Verse: (C#m A B)
Oceans roar, mountains quake
But here in You I am saved
Kingdoms fall, nations rage
But You will come at break of day

Pre-chorus: (A B)
You are an ever present help
In times of trouble
Though all the earth is giving way
We will not fear

Chorus: (E B/D# C#m A)
The Lord of Hosts is with us
He is the God of Jacob
And ever faithful He has been
The Lord of Hosts is with us
He is a mighty fortress
And ever faithful He has been

Bridge: (E B/D# C#m A)
Though all the earth should shake
I will be still
Knowing that You remain
I will be still
Though all the nations rage
I will be still
'Cause You are my hope and strength
I will be still

Monday, March 14, 2011

Wonder of Wonders

Hey friends, I know it's been a little while since I posted a new song, but I ran into some kinks with the previous music player I was working with and had to switch to something else before I could start putting up new songs. Anyway, here goes...

Wonder has been a theme of my thoughts on and off for the past year. There's something so child-like about wonder, that I think us adults frequently miss it, the sense of "woah" about life that allows for mystery and grandeur.

I'm a cynic and a skeptic by nature. If something seems too good to be true, there's probably a catch, or so the nagging voice in my heard says. That that voice in my head has never really helped me. His wagging finger doesn't really point anywhere. And my actual experience of life tells me that God is real, that God is good, and that God is wonderful. His wonders are beyond measure, and I would do well to sit and be still before him, to let his mysteries wash over me. Above all, I desire to "have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge..." (Ephesians 3:18-19)

The prayers of Paul for the Ephesian church have so blessed me in this meditation:
"I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people..." (Ephesians 1:17-18)

I want to intentionally live my life in a place of wonder, continually amazed at the grandeur of God's love for us in Christ. This song is a part of that.

Verse: (C F)
Wonder of wonders, You have my heart
You are my one desire
Oh my Beloved, lovely You are
You set my mind on fire

Pre-chorus: (Am7 G F C Am7 G F)
Spirit of wisdom, Spirit of truth
Spirit of revelation
Lord I desire the vision of You
Hear now my supplication

Chorus: (C Am7 F G)
You are exalted, beautiful Jesus
Merciful Savior, coming King
And for the glory of Your appearing
I will surrender everything

Bridge: (Dm7 C)
Spirit reveal the deep things of God
How high and how wide, how deep is Your love