Wednesday Selah: Song of My Father by Urban Rescue

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We’ve all heard the voices. Those voices in our head that sometimes whisper and sometimes scream that we don’t measure up.

  • “I need to do it all.”
  • “My life doesn’t have a purpose.”
  • “I don’t belong.”
  • “I don’t have much to offer.”
  • “I’m not smart enough.”

But, to each of these lies, God speaks the truth. Holley Gerth explores these truths in her new devotional, Do You Know You Are Already Amazing? Holley pairs the lie with a passage from Scripture that reflects God’s truth as it was revealed in the life of one woman.

  • “I only need to give Jesus my all.”
  • “I’m here for such a time as this.”
  • “God has a place for me.”
  • “God can use whatever I have to give.”
  • “God makes me wise.”

Each day’s reading ends with questions to help the reader explore the lies that shape their own life. Honest reflection ultimately tunes us in to the voice of God rather than the voices in our heads, and Holley does a superb job of gently guiding the reader to hearing the Father’s voice.

The message of hearing God’s voice of truth over the noisy lies of the world reminded me of a song from one of my new favorite bands, Urban Rescue. The chorus is not only a declaration of where I am in my life, but it’s also a prayer that I will always remember that I am loved no matter what my circumstances or what lies I am hearing.

In the middle of the night
I look up to the sky
I can hear You singing over me
Through the fire and the flood I know that I am loved
I can hear You singing over me

I encourage you to listen to this song as you reflect on the truth Holley shared for whatever day you happen to stumble upon this post.

And know always that only God can show us who we really are.

Disclosure: Holley Gerth was gracious enough to provide me with a copy of her devotional in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday Selah: One Thing by Hillsong Worship

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Sometimes I need the most encouragement with all is well in the world.

When everything falls apart, it’s easier for me to call on the Lord. Friends instinctively step in to offer words of encouragement, helping hands and sometimes stunning dishes I could never hope to make in my kitchen. The church family will pray – oh, will they pray!

But, when everything seems to be going well, we’re sometimes more alone. No cards. No random offers of food. Maybe, just maybe, no one praying for us. They believe – and I even think – that I have it all together and don’t need their help.

But, I do.

I need them to remind me that Jesus matters above all. When life is at its best, I need people to remind me that Jesus is there just as much as I do when life is at its worst. That’s when I need someone to speak into my life by asking how I’m doing with prayer and Bible study. That’s when I need them to say that they are praying that I remain strong.

There’s work for me, too. I need to remember that what I am experiencing, the blessings I am receiving, the goodness that I am seeing is nothing compared to knowing Jesus and making him my “one thing.”

Because, as the song says, everything I have means nothing if Jesus is not my one thing.

 

Wednesday Selah: Create In Me A Clean Heart by Keith Green

Earlier this week, a friend posted the words to one of Keith Green‘s most memorable songs along with a picture of a sunrise at the beach. Just seeing those words reminded me how much I loved Green’s music even though I was only beginning to discover it when he died in a plane crash at the age of 28. We can only wonder at what his prophetic voice might be telling us today. Below is a video from one of the first Keith Green songs I ever heard … well, it’s the audio anyway. Back then – believe it or not – people didn’t have such easy access to video!

P.S. As a writer, I love this quote from Keith Green:

I only want to build God’s Kingdom and see it increase, not my own. If someone writes a great poem no one praises the pencil they used, they praise the one who created the poem.  Well, I’m just a pencil in the hands of the Lord.  Don’t praise me, praise Him!

Wednesday Selah: Happiness by NEEDTOBREATHE

One thing we need to put out there about these “Wednesday Selah” posts; it doesn’t matter if the song is fast, slow or in between. The whole point is to take a break from the craziness of the week. Or, at least, that’s my interpretation. Ancient Israel may have had other ideas. Then again, they also didn’t have the new NEEDTOBREATHE album. I’m loving this track. Lyrics below.

 

Singing oh, happiness
Singing oh, happiness

I got a homesick heart but a long ways left to go
I’ve been doing my part but I ain’t got much to show
So I’m asking you to show me some forgiveness
It’s all for you in my pursuit of happiness

Chasing that life, moving on ’cause I had to prove
There ain’t no life worth doing what I did to you
So I’m asking you to show me some forgiveness
It’s all for you in my pursuit of happiness

I got dreams that keep me up in the dead of night
Telling me I wasn’t made for the simple life
There’s a light I see, but it’s far in the distance
I’m asking you to show me some forgiveness
It’s all for you in my pursuit of happiness

Singing oh, happiness
Singing oh, happiness

I’ve been working all night, maybe you could help me to believe
This song ain’t nothing if this song can’t set you free
So I’m asking you to show me some forgiveness
It’s all for you in my pursuit of happiness

I got dreams that keep me up in the dead of night
Telling me I wasn’t made for the simple life
There’s a light I see, but it’s far in the distance
I’m asking you to show me some forgiveness
It’s all for you in my pursuit of happiness

Singing oh, happiness
Singing oh, happiness

Sometimes you leave the ones you love
But if it’s love, they won’t give up
‘Cause they know a war’s raging and you gotta choose
These days are tough, these days are long
Sometimes it’s hard, you carry on
But I hear a voice singing and I know it’s true

I got dreams that keep me up in the dead of night
Telling me I wasn’t made for the simple life
There’s a light I see, but it’s far in the distance
I’m asking you to show me some forgiveness
It’s all for you in my pursuit of happiness

Singing oh, happiness
Singing oh, happiness
Oh, happiness
Singing oh, happiness

Wednesday Selah: Forever by Kari Jobe

Take a break tonight. Don’t watch the news. Steer clear of politics. Focus on the One who is forever. Remember that – as the spoken word artist, Isaac Wimberly, says in the video – hope has a name, Jesus.

P.S. You can read the poem Wimberly performs on his website. I love the ending …

So it’s not just words that I proclaim
For my words point to the WORD
And the WORD has a name
Hope has a name
Joy as a name
Peace has a name
Love has a name
And that name is Jesus Christ
Praise His name FOREVER!

Wednesday Selah: Let It Be Jesus by Christy Nockels

I have loved Christy Nockels music for a long time, but this is the song I sing when I’m driving, cleaning or just hustling around the house. It’s become my everyday prayer. Lyrics are below the video.

(P.S. Christy recently started a podcast called The Glorious in the Mundane. check it out!)

Lyrics

Let it be Jesus
The first name that I call
Let it be Jesus
My song inside the storm
I’ll never need another

For me, to live is Christ
For me, to live is Christ
God I breathe Your name above everything
Let it be, Let it be Jesus x2

Let it be Jesus
From the rising of the sun
Let it be Jesus
When all is said and done
I’ll never need another, Jesus there’s no other

For me, to live is Christ
For me, to live is Christ
God I breathe Your name above everything
Let it be, Let it be Jesus x2

Should I ever be abandoned
Should I ever be acclaimed
Should I ever be surrounded by the fire and the flame
There’s a name I will remember
There’s a name I will proclaim
Let it be, Let it be my Jesus x3

For me, to live is Christ
For me, to live is Christ
God I breathe Your name above everything
Let it be, Let it be Jesus

Wednesday Selah: Touch the Sky by Hillsong United

From the description under the YouTube video:

Touch The Sky was on of those crazy ones – with 1 hour left of the Mt. Arbel park open we ran up the hill set up and went for it! Band sharing mixes – wind blowing – Kobes sitting on the cliff! We got it in the can. A few days later with most of the Band gone home – we went to Masada and realised that the lowest point on Earth, -424m was in the area around the dead sea. Joel mused that the paradox was too great to let slip – so we took what we had, a guitar, and ipad and 2 mics into a field recorder and filmed the first verse from this – the lowest point on earth. We hope you enjoy the visuals and the dichotomy of them that we hope are in line with the lyrics and their inspiration — Matthew 5.