Let It Echo – Great Album to Aid Your Praise

Jesus Culture has been a great worship band in the United States for years.  This is a praise album they recorded recently and is really great to pray along with!  Look up the lyrics and you can spend a solid half hour in praise along with this video.  (I suppose they would love if you purchased the album as well.)

Some nuggets:
One of the lines in the second song “Fierce” has us singing: “How can I be lost when You have called me found.”  Jesus has found us.
The entire song “Alive in You” showcases Kim Walker Smith in the zone!  A great line echoes the verse of Paul from Galatians 2:20: “It’s no longer I who live, it’s Christ who lives within me.”
The song “God With Us” has a simple and strong chorus: “God with us. God for us.  Nothing can come against.  No one can stand between us.”

Enjoy 30 minutes of great praise; unite your voice and heart with theirs and lift praises to our great God. Cheers!

OVERWHELMED [WORSHIP VIDEO]

God is bigger than the biggest.  God is smarter than the smartest.  God is more lovely than the lovliest.  God is more powerful than the most powerful.  God is more forgiving than the most forgiving.  God is more.  And He is our God.  And He knows us each by name.  OVERWHELMING!!!  Close your door; turn off your lights; dance with arms lifted high.  Sing unto HIM!!!

A Simple Way to Start, Continue, and End Each Day

Silent Prayer

(This idea is not original – it came from Cardinal Desire-Joseph Mercier, who lived in the late 19th century into the early 20th century.)

Each day – starting when you rise from your slumber – take a few minutes of silence. Wait to check the phone (maybe even turn it off). Don’t check the email just yet. Let the coffee finish brewing. Sit up, close your eyes, and enter the sanctuary of your baptized soul. There realize that God himself dwells. Spend time with him. Rest with him. Pray this prayer slowly:

Oh, Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, I adore you. Enlighten, guide, strengthen, and console me. Tell me what I ought to do, and command me to do it. I promise to be submissive to everything that you ask of me, and to accept all that you permit to happen to me. Only show me what is your will.

This can be done at various points throughout the day. Simply stop whatever is going on, sit still for three, four, five minutes, and listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit, who dwells within you. Perhaps you will “hear” some promptings, or perhaps you won’t hear anything at all. Results matter little and tend to develop over longer periods of time. What matters most is that we take time to worship God and invite him into the chaos of our lives. Doing this will change everything because it will remind us that the Holy Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – is with us always, just as Jesus promised (Mt. 28:20b).

What a gift it is to be a disciple of Jesus Christ!

Hey devil… You are Defeated!!!

Posted by: EvangelicalDisciple

 

YES! YES! YES! Kari Jobe did it again!
“Our resurrected King has rendered you defeated!”
Hey devil… YOU ARE DEFEATED!!!
The Blood of Jesus has won the day, and “we sing Alleluia, the Lamb has overcome.”
Listen to it.
Close your eyes, or lift them to Heaven.
Fold your hands, or lift them to Heaven.
Either way, hearts’ surge, spirits’ shake, souls’ lift.

MERCY

Jesus is always desiring to come near to us.
We often think He wants to condemn us, but that is a lie.
That is the enemy tricking us.
Jesus says “COME TO ME.”
Jesus wants to love us.
Jesus wants to show us mercy.
He spoke to a lady once:
“I love those who after a first fall come to Me for pardon…. I love them still more when they beg pardon for their second sin, and should this happen again, I do not say a million times, but a million million times, I still love them and pardon them, and I will wash in My Blood their last as fully as their first sin.”

I will wash in My Blood their last as fully as their first sin.

MERCY.
Sung by Allyson Prior, Grace to Love You is a fine example of the FACT that Jesus is more interested in coming near to us than condemning us, especially in the midst of our weak response.

RISE AND GO TO HIS HEART!

Misty Edwards – The Harlot

A number of images from Sacred Scripture come together in this very serious piece of poetic worship by Misty Edwards.
The adulterous woman (John 8:1-11) forms the substance of the prayer. Misty uses this familiar Biblical account to place each of us into the same situation as the harlot, that is: we have all sinned, and deserve the judgment of God.

Some of the other Biblical themes in this drama: the harlot is a reoccurring symbol of Old Testament and also of Revelation.
The cup of wrath is seen as our suitable punishment, since we have violated the laws of God. He is holy, and we have sinned.
In miraculous and redemptive fashion, the Lamb of God comes on the scene and takes what is ours and makes it His own. We see here a beautiful, gripping, and salvific allusion to the Cross of Jesus Christ. The Perfect, Holy One of God takes what is our due, here described as “the cup” of wrath, the cup that was mine, the cup that I deserved.
WHAT A GIFT!!!

Look what He has done for us!!! Would we not return praise and thanksgiving to the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!!!

I Will Return to God

This very unconventional song is a powerful expression of the Father’s strong and jealous desire for each individual soul which He has created and redeemed in the Blood of His Son.
Our response to this great love is expressed:
“I will return to my first love.”

20 minutes of an increasingly intense connection of the Heart of God with the human heart.

I will return to God. This is a video companion to the recent post: THE OPEN HEART OF OUR FATHER GOD.

Magnifying God

One night in worship, a song’s lyrics went like this:

We will magnify, We will magnify the Lord enthroned in Zion.

I was completely distracted by the word magnify.  I don’t know what it means!  I mean, I know what it means, but I couldn’t think of a tight definition at the time.  What does it mean to magnify God?  It led to a beautiful reflection.

After Mary greeted Elizabeth, she sang a song.  For centuries that song’s name has been called the Magnificat:  My soul MAGNIFIES the Lord.  What does it mean?

Think of the tool named for the word: a magnifying glass.  It makes things appear bigger.  It allows the viewer to see the object with more detail.

Think of a telescope.  It brings things that are barely recognizable into easy viewing.

Think of a microscope, and the tiny little object on the viewing glass.

We see the object as a whole.  As we zoom in, the object takes up more of the lens.  We are able to see the details of the object so much more clearly.  As we zoom in further, we can’t even see the whole object anymore, but we are able to see so many intricacies and aspects of the object.  The object is now too much for us to see all at once and has filled our entire vision.

So with God.  We can understand God as God.  And from a distance, God is God.  But what does that mean?  As we begin to zoom in on God in prayer, He comes into view and we begin to see Him as He is, a much bigger reality than how it may have seemed at first glance.  As we zoom in on Him, we begin to see so many of His attributes and qualities – His grace – His goodness – His mercy – His providing – His love – His patience.

All of these qualities begin to fill our vision and our lives. The thoughts we have used to think of other things we now use to think of Him and He is magnified.  The words we have used to speak of other things we now can use to speak of Him and He is magnified.    The actions we have used to do other things we now use for Him and He is magnified.  The praise that we have given to other people or things we now give to Him and He is magnified.

God doesn’t get bigger (magnified) over time; He is already infinite.  However, He does get bigger (magnified) over time, by becoming bigger (magnified) in our lives – our thoughts, words, actions, and praise.

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