Friday, October 21, 2011

Seven Current Favorite Songs

I think music can tell you a lot about a person and what they're going through.

So here you are:  Seven Current Favorite Songs with links to YouTube.
Just a warning: my taste in music has never been what you'd call.... organized.  Or predictable.  haha

"Remedy" - David Crowder Band
This song has really taken hold of me.  If you for real listen to the lyrics, you can't listen to this song without
A: Singing at the top of your lungs
B: Yelling "Thank you JESUS!"
C: Dancing
D: Goosebumps
I'm gonna say all 4 of those are appropriate responses. 
Jesus is the only remedy for our messed up lives and this messed up world.  He is "the One who has come and is coming again," and He will redeem it all! I've been struck by the fact that even the earth creaks and groans with the pains of old age and the expectancy of being made new by its Creator.  (Romans 8:22-23)

"Hot Commodity" - Crane & A-1 Thanks to ColbyDear for this one!  He sent me a text saying he thought I'd like this song.  ...and I do!  :-)
"Watch me as I sow my seed and reap it like I'm farmin' it"
"I get blessed all year long, yessir, even in Oc-tober." 
haha - love this.

"Let Faith Arise" - Chris Tomlin
Love all the words to this song.  So much of my life experience is written in these lyrics. 
His arms are a fortress for the weak.  He proves Himself faithful forever, even when He leads through dark places.  When my frightened, hurting heart shrinks back from His touch, He gently cleanses me, restoring the faith I thought I'd lost. 
"Be still.  There is a healer."

"The Other Country" - Burlap to Cashmere
Oh my.  So much I love about this one! 
A much-needed reminder that this life is not all there is.  Not by a long shot. 
And how can you not just love the feel of this song?

"You Have Me" - Gungor
"I thought I had seen the end; everything broken, but You were there."

"Creepin'In" - Norah Jones & Dolly Parton

"Restless" - Switchfoot

"Alive Again" - Matt Maher
Lyrics in both of these songs (and I probably should have included "Late Have I Loved You" by Gungor) are taken from St. Augustine.  A very wise man in love with his Lord.
"Late have I loved you, O Beauty ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you!  You were within me, but I was outside, and it was there that I searched for you.  In my unloveliness I plunged into the lovely things which you created.  You were with me, but I was not with you.  Created things kept me from you; yet if they had not been in you they would not have been at all.  You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness.  You flashed, you shone, and you dispelled my blindness.  You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you.  I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more.  You touched me, and I burned for your peace."
- St. Augustine

...and I should probably end right there, with that quote. 
I am, have been, and can be nothing apart from Christ.  In the face of my own glaring sin and weakness, I am amazed by the fact that He has not hated me, has not disowned me when I fell, never stopped speaking to me or distanced Himself from me.  Any distance between us has been my own doing.  Any hard feelings, mine.  If someone stopped speaking, it was me. If anyone gave up on the relationship, it was me.
He has only ever remained faithful.  

 "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us,
that we should be called children of God." - 1 John 3:1
"All this from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, that we might become the righteousness of God."  -2 Corinithians 5:18-21

You will find few people in life who will always be faithful to you.  Few who will love you unconditionally.  None who know every thought you've ever had, every deed you've ever done, and yet continue to love you and stand by you.  
No human relationship I've ever had (or ever will have) compares with friendship with God.  There are a few in my life who have shown me true love and faithfulness, and I am grateful for them.  But even they, the ones who have loved me best, cannot compare to THIS love that sees all, knows all, and forgives all who ask.  
He's the REMEDY!

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