Friday, January 12, 2007

Two songs...

I'm so glad to be back in Oklahoma. It's good to be home. Home - as in Colorado - is now home away from home, which is strange. Being back here just feels very right. And God is doing marvelous work, as always. Two songs have stood out to me recently - one just in general for a few weeks, the other just in the last 24 hours or so. Both of them are testimonies of what our perspective on life ought to be.

I can count a million times
People asking me how I
Can praise You with all that I've gone through
The question just amazes me
Can circumstances possibly
Change who I forever am in You
Maybe since my life was changed
Long before these rainy days
It's never really ever crossed my mind
To turn my back on you, oh Lord
My only shelter from the storm
But instead I draw closer through these times
So I pray

Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there'll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that's what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain

I am Yours regardless of
The clouds that may loom above
Because You are much greater than my pain
You who made a way for me
By suffering Your destiny
So tell me what's a little rain
So I pray

Holy, holy, holy

That one is Bring the Rain, by MercyMe. It's one of the best songs from their newest CD. It's also a really good reflection of what my heart is increasingly coming to be as God draws me to Him. Whatever it takes to praise Him - that's what I want. The second one, posted below, is much older, but incredibly important to remember. The Battle Belongs To The Lord is by Jamie Owens-Collins, and we need to remember just how true that statement is. The battle is His, and we need only surrender and obey. He's the One who wins the victory.

In heavenly armor we'll enter the land,
The battle belongs to the Lord.
No weapon that's fashioned against us will stand,
The battle belongs to the Lord.

And we sing glory, honor, power and strength to the Lord,
We sing glory, honor, power and strength to the Lord.

When the power of darkness comes in like a flood,
The battle belongs to the Lord.
He'll raise up a standard, the power of His blood,
The battle belongs to the Lord.

When Your enemy presses in hard, do not fear,
The battle belongs to the Lord.
Take courage my friend, your redemption is near,
The battle belongs to the Lord.

Amen! God bless, all, and a good night to all of you. Be safe if any of you must needs travel in inclement weather as we are currently experiencing here in Oklahoma.

Watch for some interesting news here within a few weeks or a month.

- Chris

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