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Not to us

Posted in following Jesus, God, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2009 by rylanreed

Not to us

The cross before us, the world behind,

No turning back, raise the banner high;

It’s not for us, it’s all for You.

Let the heavens shake and splite the sky,

Let the people clap their hands and cry;

It’s not for us, its all for You.

Not to us; But to your name be the glory

Not to us; But to your name be the glory

Our hearts unfold before Your throne,

The only place for those who know;

It’s not for us, it’s all for You.

Send Your holy fire on this offering,

Let our worship burn for the world to see;

Its not for us, it’s all for You.

The earth is shacking, the mountains shouting; it’s all for You

The waves are crashing, the Sun is raging; it’s all for You

Your Children dancing, dancing, dancing; it’s all for You

Nothing is ours, nothing can be said that we have done; all of it is Christ’s and everything we have done is through the power of the Holy Spirit and given to us by God Himself.  He made us in His image and for those that he calls to His kingdom, He already foreknew them before time began.

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Came to my rescue

Posted in following Jesus, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2009 by rylanreed

Come to my rescue

Falling on my knees in worship

Giving all I am to seek your face

Lord, all I am is yours

My whole life I place in Your hands

God of mercy humbled I bow down

In Your presence at Your throne

I called, You answered

And you came to my rescue and I,

I want to be where You are

In my life be lifted high

In our world be lifted high

In our love be lifted high

I do like this song, but some people could look at this as a song singing about us and not fully about God and Jesus Christ. It is tough though to figure out what exactly are biblical songs that are directed at God and not focused too much on us as humans.  This song still has a good message to it, even though it might be skewed in the focus of the song.  The part I am mostly focusing on is the chorus, where it says “I called, You answered; And you came to my rescue and I, I want to be where You are.” God did come to our rescue and we should want to be where He is, but us calling Him is something I don’t believe is true.  No one is going around saying “Hey God, I’m here! Help me out!” Usually, we rebell and want to do our own thing. It is not until the Holy Spirit come’s upon us and puts the regreat of what we just did.  God called us, those that are His children and the elect.  Our sinful natures did nothing before God sprouted a response in our soul.

This is how I think that part should go: “You called, I answered; And you came to my rescue and I, I want to be where You are.”  Another thing with the song, is a lot of times Christians just sing it and never really think to understand what they are saying.  “Falling on our knees; giving all we are; all we are is His; whole life in His hands; humbled we bow down; Life, world, love, God should be lifted high”.  These things are huge in someone’s life, becuase of how much we want to be able to control somethings.  We should be giving our alls to Him, and I even know of myself that I don’t do it all the time, but we need to keep that thinking constantly in our minds and ask God for help as well.

Missions exist because Worship doesn’t

Posted in Culture, following Jesus, God, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 13, 2009 by rylanreed

I was listening to a Lecrae song a few days ago and heard this quote that he said toward the end of his song SEND ME “Missions exist because worship doesn’t”.  Right off the bat, I knew that the quote was from John Piper and loved the song even more.  I read this passage in Let the Nations be Glad and this is where the quote comes from!

“Missions exist because worship doesn’t!. . . The infinite, all-glorious Creator of the universe, by whom and for whom all things exist–who holds every person’s life in being at every moment (Acts 17:25)–is disregarded, disbelieved, disobeyed, and dishonored among the peoples of the world. That is the ultimate reason for missions. The opposite to this disrespect is worship. Worship is not a gathering. It is not essentially any form of outward act. Worship is essentially an inner stirring of the heart to treasure God above all the treasures of the world~
A valuing of God above all else that is valuable
a loving of God above all else that is lovely
a savoring of God above all else that is sweet
an admiring of God above all else that is admirable
a fearing of God above all that is fearful
a respecting of God above all else that is respectable
a prizing of God above all else that is precious.

In other words, worship is right affections in the heart toward God, rooted in right thoughts in the head about God, becoming visible in the right actions of the body reflecting God. These three stages of worship from inner essence to outward display can be seen in three texts; Matthew 15:8-9, John 4:23, Matthew 5:16.”

“People don’t worship the God that made them!”  Our call is to help people worship the one true God, and not to worship or put trust in us, who call ourselves Christians, but still need the Savior in all parts of our life, especially when ministering to others.  Let us worship our Lord and Savior in telling others His great story!