I’m writing today for Ed’s synchroblog, “What saved your faith?” for the release of A Christian Survival Guide: A Lifeline to Faith and Growth.
Sometimes I need to snap out of it. A bad mood or a negative attitude or a hopeless mindset. Maybe one I’ve had only briefly, or maybe one that’s lingered underneath the surface awhile.
So I love when God springs an alarm clock to wake me up—through music. It’s so often music. A song familiar or new. A lyric that pops into my head or flies out of the radio. A truth embedded in melody and harmony.
FOUR YEARS AGO
My daddy was dying and my mother was losing her memory. God used songs like these to remind me to hang on to hope, that he was still in control, and that he still cared.
“Before the Morning” [Josh Wilson]
Would you dare, would you dare to believe
That you still have a reason to sing
‘Cause the pain that you’ve been feeling
It can’t compare to the joy that’s coming
“It Is Well” [Kutless]
When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well with my soul
“Always Enough” [Casting Crowns]
You hold the world within Your hands
And see each tear that falls
Through every fire and every storm
You’re always enough, always enough
TWO YEARS AGO
When we were transitioning between releasing one church and embracing another, God sang grace and protection and courage through these songs, among others.
“Great I AM” [New Life Worship]
The mountains shake before You
The demons run and flee
At the mention of Your Name
King of Majesty
“Lay It Down” [Matt Maher]
Oh what a sweet exchange
I die to rise again
Lifted up from the grave into Your hands of grace
“Ready or Not” [Britt Nicole]
I refuse to keep this buried deep inside of me
This lil’ light of mine it’s time to let it shine a bit
‘Cause there’s no point in hiding it
It’s everything I am, the source of all my hope
And it’s the reason why I stand
When freedom is as evident as it’s ever been and God’s presence breaks through the thin places again and again, yet I still struggle with occasional (though less frequent, praise God!) worries about my kids or fears about new adventures, God reminds me through songs to keep focusing on him, keep showing up to love, and keeping praising through everything.
“Beautiful Exchange” [Hillsong Chapel]
Holy are You God
Holy is Your name
With everything I’ve got
My heart will sing how I love You
“With Every Act of Love” [Jason Gray]
God put a million, million doors in the world
For his love to walk through
One of those doors is you”
“Open Up the Heavens” [Meredith Andrews]
You’re the reason we’re here
You’re the reason we’re singing
Open up the heavens we want to see You
Open up the floodgates a mighty river
Flowing from Your heart filling every part of our praise
I listen. I sing. I worship.
It saves my faith. Over and over again, amen. Selah.
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