Sunday, December 31, 2006

Faithful One

"The Lord your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take delight in you,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing."

A few weeks ago the sermon at church was based off of this passage from Zephaniah. What was particularly interesting about this fact was that I had just spent some time reading and meditating on this scripture. As I have grown up, I have learned to pay particular attention to times that my personal study coincides with what is taught from the pulpit. I've learned that usually when God has something to teach me, He surrounds me with the message. So...I sat quiet and still, doing my best to absorb whatever it was I needed to learn from this.

I had been reflecting on this verse while thinking about God's healing power. The last few months have been a refiner's fire for me, and these verses had become a balm to my soul. To think about God calming and quieting me and all my worries by loving me...and pouring His joy into my life by singing over me was quite an inspiration to turn my focus from self to God. The lesson at church on that Sunday was about how the gift of Jesus in this world was just one way that God sings over us. Let that percolate for just a minute......That brings the whole idea of God sending His Son into the world to show His love to us to a whole new level, don't you think?

So, in the midst of processing these wonderful concepts, God once again surrounded me with yet another way to view this passage through the testimony of one of our ministers. He also talked about singing, but He addressed songs that represented his different lifesongs for different stages of his life. Listening to him speak, I was amazed at the parallels I could have drawn between his different lifesongs and what mine could have been. We left that evening with the challenge to think about what our lifesong would sound like, what it would be called, and what it would be about.

That challenge was presented to me a week and a half ago, and today I decided to share my lifesong with you. I came across this song on the Internet while trying to find another song by the same group. A few days ago I purchased the song off of iTunes, and I have had it playing over and over again in my car since then. It has become very special to me. Being a music-lover, the music itself is one of the things that makes this song so touching. But, it's the message in the lyrics that makes this song my current lifesong.

"Faithful One"
by: Selah and Christy Nockels

I find no hope within to call my own,
For I am frail of heart, my strength is gone.
But deep within my soul is rising up a song,
Here in the comfort of The Faithful One.

I walk a narrow road through valleys deep,
In search of higher ground, on mountains steep.
And though with feet unsure, I still keep pressing on,
For I am guided by The Faithful One.

Faithful, faithful to the end
My true and precious Friend
You have been faithful
Faithful, so faithful to me.

I see your wounded hands, I touch your side,
With thorns upon your brow,
You bled and died.
But there's an empty tomb,
A love for all who come and give their hearts to You,
The Faithful One.

Faithful, faithful to the end
My true and precious Friend
You have been faithful
Faithful, so faithful to me.

And when the day is done,
And when the race is run,
I will bow down before
God's Only Son.

And I will lift my hands
Give praise for all you've done
And I will worship you...
My Faithful One!

Sitting here on the brink of a new year full of unknowns and possibilities makes this song particularly comforting. I hope and pray that you have found it that way as well! God bless!!