Monday, December 28, 2009

How He Loves Us

John Mark McMillan said that when he wrote How He Loves, he believed that it would shake the youth of the nation.

Well, he was right. But there has an also been an unintended side-effect that has come about as his song has gained popularity.
It's not just young people that are affected by this masterpiece. John Mark said he had heard of kids getting saved, of kids being delivered, all simply from hearing this song - be it on the radio, performed by John Mark himself, or any of the thousands upon millions that play How He Loves.
And it's beautiful, it's so beautiful, that this song was not written as a worship song - but God has used it to become just that, and to truly shake the youth of the nation.
But I digress.

What has floored me more than anything else, is the response that has been received from the older crowd. I've seen people as young as 12, to as old as 70 and older moved to tears by this song. I've seen people fall flat on their face before God, just from hearing this song. I've heard of people who after hearing this song, want to know more about God for the first time in their life. I've heard of people WANTING, HUNGERING, THIRSTING for more God in their life. I've seen some of the most conservative of worshipers beside themselves with joy, unable to stand still. I've seen my prideful, disgusting self humbled past the point of tears.

Every time I play this song with the praise band, it's just like the first time I've heard it. I cannot ever imagine a time when this song will get old. Just listening to the words, and what they're saying...just puts me beside myself. Instant conviction, deliverance, and realization of how much God Almighty cares for a lousy person like myself. He knows my heart better than I, and even with what little knowledge I have, I know I deserve nothing more than the pits of hell.

This song is shaking not only the youth of the nation, but the entire faith community.

Stephen, your prayer was answered brother.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

"Come, just as you are to worship."
It doesn't say clean up your life before you come to worship, it doesn't say stop cursing/drinking/smoking/having sex/what have you, it says come just the way you are to worship The Lord.
I forget this too many times.
Remember this in a season that is celebrated as the Birth of Christ - Worship, always. There are no prerequisites - God wants and loves you more than you could ever imagine.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Return to us once again, Great God!
We will burn for You! We will yearn for You, Lord!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Lately, I've really been noticing the presence of God in so many ways I never had before.
I was pumping gas a few weeks ago before going to see a friend at the diner, I stopped at the BP on the corner of Baker and Main Street to grab a tank of gas. While it was pumping, I walked out to the side of the gas station facing main street, and looking down the street I saw all the street lights, staggered one after the other. I was so overwhelmed by the beauty of that, I got chills.

Tuesday night, after dropping a friend off from visiting Kevan, I was driving down Main Street in High Point in the rain. I remember sitting at a stoplight, and looking up at the sky, so I could literally see the rain come right down at me; and in that moment, I was just overcome with a sense of God's presence. I got chills that I've beginning to get all-too accustomed to now-a-days.

As this begins appearing more and more often, I can't help but wonder where God's been all this time. And then it hits me - He's always been there. I just wasn't looking. Two songs come to mind as I continue to dwell on this thought - Open The Eyes of My Heart, a popular Contemporary Christian Song, and Allah Allah Allah by mewithoutYou.
The first song deals with begging God to open the eyes of our heart, so we can see Him more clearly. I cannot imagine any other part of my body that would be more appropriate to seeing God. The second song by mewithoutYou struck me, as it was inspired by a poem by Bawa Muhaiyaddeen, about being able to see God in every blade of grass. Muhaiyaddeen, being a Sufi Mystic, may not be many Christians' first choice for someone to provide a commentary on God, however I think he was onto something I'm coming to terms with myself.

God is everywhere.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

God - You are so good, and I am so bad.
Your Love is beyond me.