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.

 

Wednesday Selah: Break Every Chain by Jesus Culture

A month ago, I attended the Churches of God Women’s Ministries annual March Retreat. On the way out, this song played on my Spotify playlist. I can’t describe the time of prayer and worship that filled the car during that song. Then, on the final day of the retreat, Sue Duffield led hundreds of women in worship through this song. Even now, I can’t get the song out of my head – and I’m not sure I want to do so. May it be a reminder, a prayer, a word of encouragement for someone else today that Jesus breaks every chain.

 

Wednesday Selah: I Stand Here by Hannah Kerr

This week I’m sharing an amazing song by Hannah Kerr. I had the privilege of seeing this 18-year-old when she opened for Matt Maher during his fall tour. She caught my attention with this song. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

 

My desperate feet
Come running to you
from shaky groud

Facing defeat
I am holding onto
Your promise now

Raise me up on eagle’s wrings
Give my soul your bigger dreams
Breathe your life into me
A battle cry is in my lungs
Singing out “Your kingdom come”
Fall in us pour out your love

I stand here at you feet
I’m laying down the fear in me
And as your child claiming peace
Oh give this heart your victory
I stand here My weary bones
They come alive with
The sound of you

Restoring hope
In my anxious spirit
Forever new
Raise me up on eagle’s wrings
Give my soul your bigger dreams
Breathe your life into me

A battle cry is in my lungs
Singing out “Your kingdom come”
Fall in us pour out your love
I stand here at you feet
I’m laying down the fear in me
And as your child claiming peace
Oh give this heart your victory
I stand here Away from brokenness

Into your promises Lord
I’m standing, i’m standing here
Away from brokenness
Into your promises Lord
I’m standing, i’m standing here

I stand here at you feet
I’m laying down the fear in me
And as your child claiming peace
Oh give this heart your victory
I stand here I stand here, oh Lord I stand here