Happy July 1st! As Americans, we are getting ready to celebrate our nation’s birthday and the freedom upon which it was built. July 4th is a monumental day is many ways. However, no human organization is perfect, and we have seen our nation’s shortcomings in many ways these past few months. Yet the truth is that true freedom is only found in Christ. We cannot manufacture or guarantee it as a people, government, organization, or movement. Only Jesus Christ can give it to us. Therefore, as we celebrate freedom this weekend, I want to bring our attention to the freedom we have in Christ by sharing a worship song on this topic.
We are at the end of June. How the time has flown by these last couple of months! It seems that even with the sheltering and chaos in our world, time keeps marching on at a blinding pace. But God is still sovereign. And as we hurtle through time and space—drawing ever nearer to Christ’s return—I have a worship song for us that will remind us of God’s faithfulness and the fact that though our world is changing, our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Welcome to another week on “Here I Am to Worship”! I hope you were able to catch the powerful message I shared with you last week from Passion City Church. Worship is an important part of our Christian walk. Therefore, understanding and learning how to do it well is vital to walking in the abundant fullness of God’s intended design. So I hope you were challenged to offer to God an extravagant, unrestrained response to His goodness in your life through worship.
We’re living in crazy times. Just when we thought things couldn’t get much worse, they did. However, in the midst of the crazy, in the middle of the uncertainty and chaos, we have a refuge we can run to. Proverbs 18:10 assures us that, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” Therefore, as we face a season where fear and anger abounds, let us run to our place of safety, the name of the Lord.
A new week and a new day to celebrate what God has done in our lives. While it may seem like everything in life has hit pause, God is working in us to shape and refine us. If anything, He’s doing more work in each of our hearts during this season because we have time to focus on Him. So don’t be afraid of the extra quiet. Don’t resent the refining moments as you share close proximity with those you’re sheltering in place with. Don’t tune out the still, small voice of God as He whispers truth and correction into your heart. Embrace it, and use this time to grow in the Lord.
April 1st. April Fool’s Day. But today is no joke. Today is the beginning of the month leading to Easter. Today in the midst of the panic that has gripped our world, we’re going to forget the crazy, forget the stress, forget the unknowns, and choose to worship and remember all that this season represents for us as believers in the Risen Lord. So take a moment to find a quiet space and reflect on all that Jesus has done for you and what your response to that gift will be.
Right now it feels like our world is unraveling. Broad orders and changes to our everyday lives are taking place within 24 hour periods, and life seems to be on hold in many ways. But in the midst of the chaos, in the midst of the uncertainty and fear, we can know one thing is certain: God doesn’t change. His faithfulness remains and will continue in the midst of this storm. And if we walk with Him, we know that the best is yet to come.
It’s amazing how God works! I picked the songs out for this month’s worship set at the end of February. Now, in light of all that is happening in our world, today’s song feature is especially appropriate. Fear and panic has gripped our country and the world as we face an unknown future, but God is still in control. Therefore, as believers, we know that no matter what the future holds, we’re going to see a victory. And that’s what today’s worship song is all about: reminding ourselves that God is sovereign and has already won the victory over sin, death, and fear.
I first heard today’s song feature on a live stream of the 2020 Passion Conference this past January. It was powerful to watch a stadium full of 65,000 young people declare with one voice that there is nothing that our God can’t do. May we have the faith to believe what we sing!
Life can get crazy sometimes. As we look forward and focus on worshipping God at the beginning of this new decade, it seems that life has gotten crazier than normal. It seems that many people I know of or have brushed shoulders with over the past month have either lost a loved one, experienced a family emergency, had an accident, or are knee deep in medical challenges. Life can become overwhelming at times, but there is One who is constant and never changing. The God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow is reliable and totally in control. Today’s song feature celebrates and declares our faith in that truth.
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