Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Power of Song

I hesitate to post this blog because I know there are others who have more severe troubles, hurts, and trials than I do. But can I just be transparent with you....I am hurting today for various reasons. I hope I don't offend when I say I cannot expand on all of them in this blog. Some are very personal and others are because I have friends who are hurting. I get frustrated and overwhelmed. I just can't seem to get my emotions and hurts under control today. But God is working on me through music. I have set up over 2 hours of music on my computer. I've set up Avalon: Faith. A Hymns Collection, Chris Tomlin, and Mandisa. Right now I have just listened to Chris Tomlin's "Mighty is the Power of the Cross." Please read the lyrics. I'm so grateful God uses worship/praise music to speak to us, to lift us up, and to remind us He is in control. What can man do to me when I have God on my side!!! May HE be praised today!! Thank you God for the Cross and may I not take it and its power for granted!

I highlighted the specific words God used on me. Believe me I agree with all of them but some jumped out louder to me today. Some of the words repeat so due to space, I didn't include that part of the lyrics. If you want the full lyrics you can get it here http://www.sing365.com/music/Lyric.nsf/Mighty-Is-The-Power-of-The-Cross-lyrics-Chris-Tomlin/8873E0C5F1FD68A548256FB900128715

Mighty Is the Power of the Cross
What can take a dying man
And raise him up to life again?
What can heal the wounded soul?
What can make us white as snow?
What can fill the emptiness?
What can mend our brokenness? Brokenness?
Mighty, awesome, wonderful
Is the Holy cross.
Where the Lamb lay down His life
To lift us from the fall.
Mighty is the power of the cross.
Verse 2:
What restores our faith in God?
What reveals the Father's love?
What can lead the wayward home?
What can melt a heart of stone?
What can free the guilty ones?
What can save and overcome? Overcome?
It's a miracle to me
It's a miracle to me
It's still a mystery
And it's still a mystery
It's a miracle to me
The power of God
Those who believe
Thank You for the cross.
Thank You for the cross.
I love the cross.I love the cross.
It's a powerful cross.
What can take a dying man (thank You Jesus)
And raise him up to life again? (thank You Jesus)
Worship You Jesus (wonderful cross)
By Your wounds we are healed
By Your wounds we are saved


Kelly said...

It's okay to admit that you are hurting. I'm glad you are honest enough to.
I did the same thing. This weekend I took all the Mercy Me, David Crowder, Chris Tomlin and other worship songs we had and put them on my ipod and I have been listening to them non stop at my desk the last 2 days. I have to say that I get a real peace when I'm listening to the words of those songs!

Lindsey said...

Let me give you a funny from my 4 year old who loves her Praise music. We were going to an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday and she was singing her favorite (right now) song...she was singing to the top of her lungs. The verse should be "He's so highly exalted" but instead she sang (remember as loud as she could) "He is highly exhausted." So here you are....Jesus is tired:)

Praise music lifts my heart and pleases my soul:) Hope you feel better and soon!

Angela said...

I LOVE worship music! The Lord speaks to me through music alot. He knows just what I need to hear. I'm so happy that these songs are a comfort to you.

Kelly said...

YEAY - you went to Mimi's!!!!!! :-)

Jared said...

HI Julie!!! Is the weekend here yet?!?!? I have no idea when we are planning on being there. If I am guessing right, I'd guess that we would leave by 8 that morning. I will call the parents tonight to find out what time it is departure. How's your week going?

Marlee Belle said...

Great song! The Lord also uses music to speak to me a lot too! Praying for you today!

Caroline said...

I ran up to school today to check up on all of you!!!! I prayed a lot for you and Kelly yesterday...for God is faithful...not even knowing it was a rough day for you. Don't ever ever ever hesitate to share. For this blogging thing is real....about what we really are dealing with. Julie, every single emotion you feel or dealing with...is important to us!!! Still warrioring in prayer over you and your husband!!!!!


His Doorkeeper said...

I always love to listen to God's music when I'm down. I think to myself: God is the one who created music and He uses people especially with His creation of music to minister to people like you and me! How thankful I am for His music...it helps to heal so much heartache and gives comfort to those who hurt.

valerie said...

Hi Julie,
I just got back last night from my trip & am getting caught up.
I will continue to keep you in my prayers.
Do you have Beth Moore's book "Praying God's Word?" It is one of my favorites.
I understand there are certain things you don't feel comfortable sharing on the blog, but I agree with Caroline...this is a place where I feel others are sincerely praying for each other and truly care.
Psalm 138:8 says that He will perfect (accomplish) all that concerns you. And of course one of my favorites is Ps. 37:4 Deight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
I'm praying that you will continue to feel God's presence & peace in a mighty way.