Music is one of my love languages. As much as I love to read, a good book rarely has as great an effect on me as a powerful song. For this month’s 10 on the 10th (sponsored by the wonderful Meredith at Life at 7000 Feet), I decided to share with you ten songs that are currently bringing solace to my soul. They are in no particular order, because as you know, I don’t like to show favoritism. I’ve included links to videos or sound clips of the songs in case you’re unfamiliar with any of them. Unfortunately music videos aren’t what they were back in the day, so you might want to just close your eyes and listen to the song.
(To listen, scroll down just a little way in the right hand column to the little rectangle with the bee in it.)
A while back, Meredith and I had a phone conversation about music and I shared with her how much I love it when a friend recommends a song because he or she knows I will enjoy it. (Yes, I listened to Casey Kasem’s long distance dedications every weekend of my adolescence and usually cried and/or was certain that I could have found a song that fit the situation much more accurately. In college, I reunited with a boyfriend after he dedicated Gloria Estefan’s “Anything for You” to me on B 98.5. We broke up again a couple of weeks later. He should have dedicated another song.)
I’ve lost my place. Kim Hill. Okay. Anyway, Meredith tweeted me this song. I was very touched not only because the song fits my life so perfectly but because she thought of me. This song fits really well with the post I wrote last week about “Agnus Dei.” I am continuing to learn that my willingness to give God glory and declare Him holy do not make Him so, any more than my refusal to praise Him makes Him less holy. God is holy and sovereign and righteous no matter what my response to Him is. I have more to say on this subject, but I’ll stop because this is only the first song on a list of ten. So moving along….
If you click on the title, you’ll hear Mark talking about how he wrote the song. To hear the song in its entirety, click here and then click on the triangle arrow beside the song title “He Is.” This song is practically cousins with “You Are Still Holy.” He is….He was….He always will be.
Even when I am shaken, He is not.
Most of the songs on this list are quiet and subdued. This one is not. It speaks to my inner rocker chick and it makes me happy. I’m pretty sure Kirk was eavesdropping on a conversation God and I have had a few times. I don’t mind. He turned it into a great song. Yet another reminder that God is God (Anyone else seeing a theme develop here?)…and I am not, which reminds me of a Steven Curtis Chapman song that would fit on this list.
I have two links for this song. One is the actual song and one is Chris talking about the song. This song reminds me that my dad is in a win-win situation. He will either be healed completely on this earth or he will go to be with Jesus in heaven. It also reminds me that this world is not my home. This is just a foretaste of glory divine. The true Narnia is waiting and it is going to blow our minds.
(Click on the song title “Lord, I Run to You.” You do not have to create an account to listen.)
My church in Hawaii sang Tommy Walker songs almost every week. I think one of the reasons I’m such a fan of Tommy’s music is that it takes me back to New Hope Christian Fellowship. I left part of my heart there.
This song in particular is special to me, even though I don’t remember singing it at New Hope. When he gets to this part? “I lift my eyes up to the mountains. Where does my help come from? It comes from You, Lord. You are the Maker of earth and heaven. And there is nothing that’s too hard for You”………Yes, ma’am. That will preach.
Last week Marla Taviano wrote a blog post about believing bigger. I struggled a little with that post. I believe God can, I just don’t always believe God will. I emailed Marla and she graciously took the time to write back and share some thoughts that encouraged me. Later that same day, I heard this song and was encouraged to know that others, including Kirk Franklin, struggle in this area, too.
I never really understood that verse, “I believe; help my unbelief!” when I was younger. I do now.
This song wrecks me. The word imagery is beautiful. The message shakes me to my core. I honestly believe that if we ever truly understood how much He really does love us, our lives would be completely and radically different.
My friend Shelby sent me this song shortly after my dad was diagnosed with cancer in December. It helps to remind me that God is purposeful and not random. He will bring beauty from the ashes.
My sweet college friend “Mich” shared this song with me. It’s beautiful. Sometimes a broken hallelujah is all we have to offer, but I believe it is still a sweet sound to our Father.
I’m already at 10? How in the world did that happen? I didn’t get to list “Held” by Natalie Grant, “Yours” by Steven Curtis Chapman, “Never Let Go” by David Crowder Band…..I could keep listing songs. I’m so thankful for music and its ability to soothe and even heal.
Do you have a “go to” song that speaks deeply to you? One that makes you happy no matter what’s going on in your life? One that brings you into the throne room of God? One that became special during a happy or sad time in your life? I’d love to hear your list!