The other day a vivid memory caught me by surprise. While in the middle of a challenging situation, a seemingly disconnected moment from my past – standing on a street corner on a clear evening years before – flashed through my mind. It was a moment in which I learned I could trust God in the face of fear. Here is the story of that powerful memory, and how it impacted my outlook for the entire week.
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The Gift Of Recollection
“O LORD, I remember Your name in the night….”
Over the past few weeks my wife has begun to show symptoms of some neurological problem affecting her ability to do basic tasks. Though we usually approach our challenges with faith in the lead, health scares can unsettle us, disorient us, and stir up apprehensions we thought we had left far behind.
While we were in the middle of talking about our next steps, a memory – seemingly random and disconnected from our conversation – flashed through my mind. I put it aside, resolving that I would come back to it for reflection later that night.
Intimacy with God is often found in the midst of our greatest pain and suffering. And it’s then that we need simple songs that can give us words to pray when words fail us. This collaboration gives language to the heart looking for a place of intimacy and rest – in the arms of the Father.
In Your Arms
Sam Yoder | Erica Sharlow | Dan Wilt
| Verse 1 |
Peace, God of peace
You wrap me in your jealous arms
Near, you hold me near
You walk me through the great unknown
| Prechorus |
God, my heart rests in you (2x)
| Chorus |
In your arms
I where I belong
Your love is my everything
In your arms
I’m weak but you’re strong
Your grace is enough for me
| Verse 2 |
Joy, God of joy
You turn all my loss to gain
Trust, I will trust
There could be no other way
| Bridge |
Neither death nor life
Could separate me from your loving arms
There are no depths nor heights
That reach beyond your
Your everlasting arms
SONGWRITING SESSION VIDEO >
Here is a new lyric video created in collaboration with good friend and photographic designer Daniel Whisnant for the song, Doxology Anthem (Lord We Praise You). Starring Asher and the Fairview Forest. Cheers to the New Creation.
Every week, every worship leader has the hard task of choosing one song that will open the set and provide a spiritual and musical on-ramp to the rest of the worship experience. What if you tried something unexpected – like repeating the same opening song each week for a season?
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You’re planning your next set asking the same kinds of hard questions you always do, in a similar order. One in particular leads the way…
One crowd says worship expression needs to be better art (greater complexity for meaningful reach to today’s world). Another crowd says worship must maintain greater accessibility (broader, meaningful service to the Church). Both crowds are right – and both need a good talking to.
The creative expressions of worship in our time are part of the Great Art of the Church, and therefore must never been minimized – even when critiquing today’s worship subcultures. To diminish their necessity, vitality, or centrality to spiritual life – in its deepest human forms – is to lose our way in every single conversation about the topic.
What diminishes our conversations about worship? When we speak about worship as if it is a tool, a music genre or style, or even, simply put, a consumable art form for our personal devotion. This kind of language needs a hard core fix.