Worship Is Renewing Me

I’ve been leading worship alot these days, in small and large settings, with students, older folks and young ones.

My heart is getting softer to God and to people as one result, and I sense old seeds sending out feeder roots looking for nutrients. Waters in my heart are being stirred by angels, it seems.

Dreams are a vehicle for His voice in the night, and I’m weeping and laughing with my kids in a more significant way than we have in some time.

Other things are intensifying, and are difficult, and yet there is a sense of depth and wisdom as we approach them.

Of course, I still lose my cool when all things are not stable for us, but still there is an underlying current that is moving us along; I sense, toward God and not away.

Leading worship is such a privilege. I don’t understand it fully, but I know that to sing songs that focus on a reality beyond us, Who is Love, is renewing.


Sheltering Mercy: Prayers Inspired by the Psalms

Sheltering Mercy, along with its companion volume, Endless Grace, helps us rediscover the rich treasures of the Psalms—through free-verse prayer renderings of their poems and hymns—as a guide to personal devotion and meditation.

The church has always used the Psalms as part of its prayer life, and they have inspired countless other prayers. This book contains 75 prayers drawn from Psalms 1-75, providing lyrical sketches of what authors Ryan Smith and Dan Wilt have seen, heard, and felt while sojourning in the Psalms. Each prayer is a response to the Psalms written in harmony with Scripture. These prayers help us quiet our hearts before God and welcome us into a safe place amid the storms of life.

This artful, poetic, and classic devotional book features compelling custom illustrations and foil-stamped hardcover binding, offering a fresh way to reflect on and pray the Psalms.