"Let You Go" by United Pursuit
This authentic song (with it's lovely beat that I enjoy snapping my fingers to) really focuses on what we make our image of God into. Is it a "fast food grace" relationship? Is it like Burger King, where you can have it your way? The lyrics make me reanalyze what my image of God is -- and sometimes it's making God into a god.
"Help me to give up control/of the god I made you"
It's similar to the Israelites making the action of fasting into an idol, instead of making it about God, the One we are filling ourselves with instead of food (or other things we abstain from) for a period of time. Am I forgetting the whole point of my faith? Am I turning this faith into a god? Do I idolize my faith over God? Is it more about the practice than the faith?
"Speak to Me" by Kari Jobe
Ever since Kari came out with her new album "The Garden," I haven't been able to stop listening to it, especially this song. It's a prayer, so similar to Samuel's prayer when He kept hearing God call out to him in the middle of the night, confusing it for Eli calling his name. "And the Lord came and called as before, 'Samuel! Samuel!' And Samuel replied, 'Speak, your servant is listening'" (1 Samuel 3:10).
"I hang on to every word You say/I live to hear You say my name"
Lately, I've been calling on God to speak to me and guide me through some difficult choices. And this song makes me desire to have such a close relationship with God that there is nothing in between -- it's just me and Him in constant communication. A life of prayer.
"Whatever Comes" by Rend Collective
The imagery and lyrics are so on point for my little ol' wilderness heart:
"A cedar planted firm/Deeply grounded in your goodness//Be my bravery when I am trembling/Be my courage when my heart is caving in/Be the fireside when I am wandering/Be my Father, whatever comes"
Cedars were symbolic for many things and often mentioned in the Old Testament. For instance, they were found near bodies of water, used for ritualistic cleansing, and were used to build wealthy homes, like David's. There's much more that can be dug up about cedars and their significance, but used in this song, it reminds us to have deep roots and to be planted firm in the Lord.
Plus, I like to imagine this being sung around a campfire, like the Israelites might have done during the long nights in the desert and wilderness. Even though we stray and wander in this journey like the Israelites, may we never lose our focus and always come back to find that fireside that is our guide -- our Lord.
It is Well (Bethel Music)
I found this song a few months ago (ironically, just when my life was starting it's spiral downward for the rest of 2016). It played on the first morning after one of the most important people in my life left to pursue an out of state opportunity. Little did I know, this song would come to mean a lot more to me. Fast forward two months, yet another person who I had clung to had announced that he was leaving. Again, I found myself turning to this song for comfort. Fast forward again only a couple of weeks, it was now Christmastime. I found out that one of my best friends didn't want to be friends anymore, and that he had betrayed me in a way I'd never thought possible. This completely tore me apart. All of these problems coming down on me within such a short amount of time made it impossible for me to see God working. But this song was always there, as a constant reminder: "let go, my soul, and trust in Him". This song led to many cleansing crying sessions, and I hope that if you are in need of a good cry, you can find your comfort in this song and in Jesus.
King of My Heart (John & Sarah McMillan)
I go to a Christian school, and for a few weeks straight during chapel last semester they played this song. The thing about this song that always gets me is the "You are good" part. As explained with the last song, the end of my 2016 was rough, but hearing so many people singing and shouting "You are good" and "You're never gonna let me down" was so encouraging and it has truly been imprinted on my heart. If you need a reminder of God's goodness, take a listen.
Street Called Mercy (Hillsong United)
This hasn't always been one of my favorites from the Empires album, it never really appealed to me at first. But one day, I started listening. This is one of those songs that can really take you back to the moment (or moments) you first decided to follow Jesus. Or the moments when you were just completely broken and Jesus picked you up and held you. Not only is the music intriguing, but the message is beautiful. "Throwing Your arms around me, You held me like I was Yours, like You'd been there the hole time waiting...I was found in You."
Welcome to the first of many song posts! We are so excited to share with you all songs that we love. We have linked our spotify playlist on the righthand side of this page. You can find us on spotify @thedevotedsisters (:
I wanted to start with a song that has been particularly important in my life for the past year.
Throughout middle and high school I didn't care about what other people thought of me. But, although I would have never admitted it, I was quite self-conscious my freshman year of college. I went through the whole comparing myself to those around me stage of life.
About halfway through the year I heard the song Priceless. Let me tell you, the first time I heard this song the tears flowed. It could not have been a better song for me at that moment of my life. I realized that God thinks that I am priceless. It doesn't matter what I see in the mirror or the lies I or others tell me. God sees me as so much more than what I look like and in his eyes I am beautiful. I am worth more than all the money or the diamonds and pearls. I am irreplaceable, unmistakable, and incomparable because I am priceless to Him.
I think this song is such a great reminder of how valuable God views us. Our creator loves us like no other can or ever will. God loves us and all of our imperfections. Isn't that just amazing?