"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.