In the middle of March, I introduced a "new to us" song called "Like A Lion". It's an older tune, about 3 years old, that has been incredibly popular for a while. At first, I thought the song was very much for teenagers. The pressures of being a teen and coming into your own person often creates this sense (even if its for a short time) for Christian teens as if their faith must be very publicly displayed. Screaming "My God's not dead/He's surely alive/He's living on the inside/Roaring like a lion!" is a wonderful way to express that feeling. However God changed my view on this song in the beginning of March.
My parents joke around and call Jim and I "professional Christians" since we work at a church. I like to think people with much longer walks with the Lord are the pros at this. For pros and younguns' alike, we get to this point in our walks with Christ where the power of the Lord is readily available for other people who do not know Him.
We know in our souls that God is able to do miraculous things.
For other people.
I got this sense around me after seeing so many miracles that maybe God rolled out the red carpet in the beginning of our friendship, as a young man does for a young lady when they first start dating. But I felt as though my red carpet days with God were over. We had settled into sweatpants and pizza on the couch. Very much still loving one another and enjoying every moment, but He was done taking me out to creative, new places. He had stopped working in marvelous ways.
What He reminded me early this month was that it was my own eyes that didn't see the marvelous ways. His ways were still marvelous but the repetition had caused callousness within me. I had grown comfortable and somewhat unresponsive to the marvels. I didn't love Him less. I just didn't appreciate Him as much.
My God's not dead. He's surely alive. He's living on the inside. Roaring like a lion.
It hit me. He hasn't stopped rolling out the red carpet for me. He's still doing wonderful and miraculous things in, through, and for me! I had grown so used to the roaring that it was as if it was falling on deaf ears. I could tell people to listen for it and how beautiful the sound was, but I couldn't hear it myself.
So next time we sing this song in NewSong (which will be on a big holiday coming up..) I encourage you to remember the power that comes with the Holy Spirit in your heart. Remember that he is living on the inside, roaring like a lion. Not only so that other people will hear Him in you, but so that you'll hear Him!
All that to say, on March 18th, we sang:
Like A Lion by David Crowder Band (or Kristian Stanfill has a good recording!)
Desert Song by Hillsong (an oldie but a goodie!)
Where Would We Be by Matt Redman (Man.. I love that song. For an explanation, click here)
10,000 Reasons by Matt Redman (the modern hymn)
and Kelsie lead One Thing Remains by Kristian Stanfill.
That last song is an incredible one. I strongly encourage you to go download and be reminded that His love never fails, never gives up and never runs out on you.
I hope you all have a good week!
Until next time :)