YOUR SONG

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Psalm 57:7

My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast.  I will sing and make music.

 

Chant

 

Sitting with a young composition student, I help him find his way as he places note after note, phrase after phrase, on the staff. He asks a question, I make a suggestion. He responds. I’m reminded: our lives are like compositions formed by choices we make, how we react to what happens around us, and our response to God as He gently nudges us to move forward or rethink. Pen ready? Make today’s composition amazing.

– REST –

REST

 

 

Psalm 62:1

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.

 

Chant

 

The Colorado Rockies boast fifty-three peaks exceeding fourteen-thousand feet. I’ve had the privilege of climbing a quite few of them. Staying focused on the goal, carefully choosing each step, and getting rest along the way have all been vital to reaching every summit. Life can be very much like climbing a mountain. Worship today by staying focused on the goal set before you and choosing your steps wisely. Above all, remember to rest in Jesus.

– ROLLER COASTER –

ROLLER COASTER

 

 

From Psalm 13

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?

How long will you hide your face from me?

 

 

Throughout the Psalms, like a roller coaster up and down, David rejoices in God’s presence but then, suddenly turning, asks how much longer it will be until He remembers him again. Can you relate? When trials come, we can, all too easy, forget what “secure in the Savior’s arms” feels like. Worship today by placing your hope in His unfailing love. Remember what He’s done for you and there you’ll find Him drawing you close.

– ONE LITTLE OPINION –

ONE LITTLE OPINION

 

 

2 Chronicles 15:7

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.

 

Chant

Fred, after his first screen test, stood before an unimpressed crew. “I’m sorry,” the director said, “but you can’t sing, and you certainly can’t dance.” Those words, while disappointing, didn’t stop Mr. Fred Astaire from becoming one of the most famous dancers in history. Opinions, while meant for good, can often be discouraging. Worship today by following your heart and what God has clearly placed before you. Trust Him for direction and never give up.

– HE IS FAITHFUL –

 

HE IS FAITHFUL

 

 

Isaiah 55:12
For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace.

 

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It’s rare that we understand what God’s tomorrow for us looks like. Even when we catch only the fringes of His ways, He is the best! And when He seems to have withdrawn from us altogether, He is there and He promises us that “we will go out with joy and be led forth with peace.” As you worship today, be encouraged. God is for you and all of creation is shouting, “He is faithful!”

– FINISH LINE –

FINISH LINE

 

2 Timothy 4:7

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.

 

Chant

When athletes quit an exercise test in exhaustion, their muscles usually remain physically capable of continuing. It’s the mind overwhelmed with suffering that often precipitates a decision to stop. When trying to accomplish what God has for us, our own thoughts can stop us quick. Too many “what-ifs” alone can keep us from moving forward. Try not to get overwhelmed. Worship today by taking one step at a time. Before you know it FINISH LINE!

 

– TUNE YOUR HEART –

Del Segno

 

 

Psalm 30:4

Sing praise to the Lord, you His godly ones,
and give thanks to His holy name.

 

Chant

 

My grandfather would sing a hymn every morning. He wasn’t a musician, yet this awakened his heart to God’s heart before every sunrise. Music plays an enormous role in our lives. Even in sleep, research shows that we often have musical hallucinations (we dream it). Music transports us and humming a favorite worship song has the potential to direct our hearts heavenward. Today, spend time in worship with a song. Tune your heart to His.

– SURRENDER –

 

 

James 4:10

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

 

Chant

 

At 15,000 feet my backpack was unmanageable and Mount Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak was still another 1,200 meters straight up. Though exhausted, I refused numerous offers from my porter to carry something. Finally, his request became an instruction. “I’m here for you, Chad. Please, give me your pack”. Living a life of worship sometimes means surrendering pride and handing  God the stuff that makes our journey onerous, even impossible. Today, worship by letting God carry something.

– DON’T LET FEAR –

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1 Samuel 14:6

Then Jonathan said to the young man who was carrying his armor, “Come and let us cross over.”

 

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In this Bible story, Saul remains frozen in fear of the Philistine army before him while Jonathan moves forward with confidence. Jonathan knew two things: God’s blessing wouldn’t come from him doing nothing at all, and nothing could hinder God, no matter what the odds. Worship today by saying no to fear and yes to God’s direction. Face the unknown head-on by leaning into your King. Through Christ who strengthens you, all things are possible.

– I’VE BEEN MADE ALIVE –

Romans 8:38-39

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

 

Chant

 

The song “I’VE BEEN MADE ALIVE” was written in Nashville in the Spring of 2017. This demo was recorded at Watershed Studio just a few hours later. You’ll find the EP version on iTunes, end of May, 2018.

And now I truly live

In the power of the cross

In the power of the grave

Chains are broken gone

I lift my hands to Heaven

Ransom fully paid

Freedom truly mine

I’ve been made alive