16 Jan Powerful Words
I don’t know about you, but music is a major driving force in my life. Music draws me closer to the Lord and really helps me experience Him in a more profound way. I often find myself searching for strong and powerful songs with a message that hits me in the face with a sledgehammer. A couple songs I have been listening to recently have really caught my attention, not just because of the music, but the words.
The first song is David Crowder “Shadows” featuring Lecrae. This was a live recording and made it on a compilation CD a while back. The song is not new, but this version is. Lecrae is a Christian rapper and quite well known for his straight forward lyrics. During Crowder’s song, Lecrae delivers a verse from his song “Boasting”, which is just simply wonderful.
With every breath I take, with every heart beat, Sunrise and the moon lights in the dark street. Every glance, every dance, every note of a song. It’s all a gift undeserved that I shouldn’t have known. Every day that I lie, every moment I covet I’m deserving to die, I’m just earning your judgment. I, without the cross there’s only condemnation. If Jesus wasn’t executed there’s no celebration. So in times that are good, in times that are bad, For any times that I’ve had it all I will be glad. And I will boast in the cross. I boast in my pains. I will boast in the sunshine, boast in his reign. What’s my life if it’s not praising you. Another dollar in my bank account of vain pursuit. I do not count my life as any value or precious at all. Let me finish my race, let me answer my call.
The second song is by Plumb “How Many Times”. It did well in the charts in 2012, so you have no doubt heard it before. This song simply reminds me to stay comforted in the place Christ has me and put aside all distractions. When I fail in obedience, Don’t get bogged down in the guilt and shame. Guilt and shame are an inevitable responses to sin, but the only reason that they even have the ability to stay wedged in our lives is because we choose to stay in the sin and not repent. If we repent, there is no room for guilt and shame, for God is not accusing us, the powers of Hell and Satan are.
How often have you felt the words in the song’s chorus…
How many times have you heard me cry out
“God please take this”?
How many times have you given me strength to
Just keep breathing?
Oh, I need you
God, I need you now.
Last on my list is Audio Adrenaline “Kings & Queens”. Oh how this song has been speaking to the place God has me right now.
Over the holidays, God was working on my heart in a few areas, most profoundly in the realm of my heart towards the down, destitude and poor as well as sharing Christ with others. This song is a summary of what God is speaking to me recently. I especially love the chrous:
Boys become kings, girls will be queens
Wrapped in Your majesty
When we love, when we love the least of these
Then they will be brave and free
Shout your name in victory
When we love when we love the least of these
When we love the least of these