Revive Us Again
Words: William P. Mackay, 1863
Music: John J. Husband, 1815Apathy. I hate to say it, but sometimes this occurs in regards to my spiritual life. Maybe it’s the heat. Maybe it’s the working, school taking, dog training, dinner-and-lunch-making, carpet-cleaning, exhaustion. Maybe it’s just too hard sometimes. Or so I think. We praise Thee, O God!
For the Son of Thy love,
For Jesus Who died,
And is now gone above.We need to be reminded DAILY that Christ endured suffering for us. We need to remember this every day, and give thanks for Him and His sacrifice. Not just on Easter, not even on Christmas. The best part of that story, is that He conquered death, and is now sitting in Heaven waiting for us to join Him!Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Revive us again.So often, my day’s aren’t singing Hallelujah! Some days, they’re just humming a short little Halle..... And I get distracted! God WANTS to revive us and keep our flame going. If only we ask and let him kindle the fire! Revive us again;
Fill each heart with Thy love;
May each soul be rekindled
With fire from above.Love.. Imagine if the love in our hearts was truly a fire that was rekindled... Right now, New Mexico is dealing with our ever present danger of fire. The past few years, and droughts, and careless people have destroyed massive parts of this beautiful State. Imagine the widespread benefit LOVE would have if it truly was a fire in our soul and heart, sweeping across every city, every street, every home. Hate can spread quickly, but love can disperse and infect our world in mere seconds if we let it. For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.” - Isaiah 57:15And all it takes is a willing heart, asking God to revive us. Heavenly Father, I come to You right now asking for a revival. My heart has become hardened by pain, my soul is only a small flame showing Your love; I have forgotten what Your promises are in the midst of day-to-day life. I ask You to use me to bless others as I help spread Your love-fire. Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Revive us again.“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” - Psalm 85:6
Words and Music: Laurie Klein, 1978
I love You, Lord, and I lift my voice to worship You, oh my soul, rejoice! Take joy, my King, in what You hear; May it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear.
I spend so much time worrying about how I look and sound when I am worshiping.
Part of this stems from a background in leading. At times, I get so concerned with how something sounds, how the slideshow looks, and how the lighting is that I completely forget the real reason that myself and those leading with me are there - to lead others to worship.
I love You, Lord, and I lift my voice to honor You, oh my soul, rejoice!
Our worship should be God-centered. All. The. Time.
And I write this not only to remind you, but to remind myself. Because when it comes down to the nitty-gritty, honesty time, I cannot say I focus on my Lord during worship as much as I should. Which means I am not worshipping - I'm just singing.
Don't let your song just be a song.
Worship the Lord so deeply that your soul is rejoicing! That line always gets me, even as a kid - the idea that this connection I have with my God is so close that He will take my feeble voice and weak body and let the things I do that honor Him be the biggest act of worship possible!
My soul rejoices!
1-2 I love you, God--
you make me strong.
God is bedrock under my feet,
the castle in which I live,
my rescuing knight.
My God—the high crag
where I run for dear life,
hiding behind the boulders,
safe in the granite hideout.
When clouds veil sun, and disaster comes.... Oh my soul.
Sometimes, we fall from our season of joy into disaster quickly, without a parachute. Suddenly, the sun is veiled.. And the storm clouds gather. Things are great and the future seems bright one minute, but then a dark shadow falls over you. Oh my soul. Despair fills my heart. Sometimes, you wonder how the day can continue. But the voice whispers, "I still have you. I am not letting go."The same God that was there celebrating with you at the good times is STILL RIGHT THERE in your pain. He is there, holding on to you when you feel li,e you are going to fall off that cliff of despair, Oh my soul overflows: Oh what love, Oh what Love! Oh my soul fills with hope - Perfect love that never lets go. Joy and pain, sun and rain, You're the same, You never let go. Are you hurting today? Share your pain with Him. He will hold you. Tell Him your joy, He will dance with you!He never lets go. Cat your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. - Psalm 55:22Never Let Go
David Crowder, Mike Dodson, Mike Hogan
I often have the hardest time doing the most simple things. Tell me to sit down and be still, and I will immediately think of ten things I have to start working on.
Breaking away from the daily routine and sitting and doing nothing but worship the Lord - alone, with just a small group of people, or with a crowd - is not always second nature in this world of instant communication and constant internet access. Distraction is now a way of life for most people who own a cell phone, myself include. I'm working on that. I promised my husband I would make an effort to not get on Facebook as much, as well as leave the distractions away from the dinner table when we sit down for a meal. Like I said, I'm working on it. Habits are hard to break.
Even more than other times, we go to worship and make it about the quality of the music, the size of the crowd, and the flashy stages. What a huge distraction! Even when we do not focus on outside influences, how often can we say that we aren't completely involved and dedicated each Sunday because we are too focused on how we sound, what we look like and who we speak to at church? When the music fades, and all is stripped away, and I simply come, longing just to bring something that's of worth that will bless Your heart..
Wow. My heart is not always coming to the altar of worship with that purpose. This beautiful act that I so often take for granted and go through the motions... What is worship to you, when it is just you alone with God? Maybe there isn't even any music. Do you come to worship with a heart desiring to have your song be a blessing to God? "Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord." - Ephesians 5:19
Lord, please purify my heart so that I come to worship fully focused on You. Help us to embrace Your gift of worship so that we can exalt in all You are. Take away the desire to focus on other things. Our focus and our life breath is You.
You have all experienced it (and if you haven’t, well, you should give me some lessons). Someone cuts you off when you are running late, or the water boils over and you have a huge mess, or you work on 15 different drafts of a project and none of them come out right.. I don’t know about you, but it is in moments like these that I lose my cool.
And I shouldn’t, right? “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Sometimes it feels like the big stuff I can handle, but it is the everyday little frustrations that set me on edge.
I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
Oh yeah. Peace. When you are angry, doesn’t just thinking the word peace make your heart begin to race even more? At times, thinking about peace stresses me out. I don’t know how to get there when I’m frazzled.
I need Thee, Oh I need Thee, every hour I need Thee;
Oh bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee.
That’s the answer.
I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.
I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.
So often in times of anger, when you feel your blood boiling past the point of no return, when you begin to raise your voice, do you hear that voice saying “Be calm.. I am here..”? I ignore it all too often. I let my temptation of getting angry take precedent over my Savior telling me to be at peace.
I need Thee every hour, teach me Thy will,
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
I need Thee every hour, most Holy One,
Oh make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.
Peace is at our grasp. We have to come to the realization, though, that we aren't able to do it alone. The times I fail the most are when I think I have all the power to stay calm, to stay positive, and to do the right thing in a bad situation. And, we have to be willing to come to Him. Every hour. Every minute. Every second. We are nothing without His love and grace.. And peace.
"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.". John 16:33
Words: Annie S. Hawks, 1872
Music: Robery Lowry
A new verse in this song of life. Here it is. A new project, a new chance for me to share God's love and purpose. I am going to be spending the next few months writing devotionals that go along with some of my favorite hymns... both the good old fashioned tunes we all know by heart, and the modern contemporary lyrics that become close to our hearts in just recently.
What is worship? Complete and ultimate offering of ourselves to God.
The act of bowing down, kneeling and throwing our faces to the ground in reverence, fear and respect.
The simple melody we teach our children.
A full orchestra.
A single woman alone in the mountains, humming a song of praise.
A crowd of tens of thousands dancing and singing to the Lord at a concert.
A congregation of twelve, rejoicing with an old, out of tune piano.
Doesn't your heart just start to soar at the thought of each of these? I have experienced them all. And, when each of these are genuine, there is no greater joy in this world than this simple, but oh so beyond fantastic act. Join me as I look at the words to these beautiful hymns that bring us closer to each other, but more importantly to the Lord. Psalms 150:6 NLT
Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord! Praise the Lord!Requests for hymns are welcome. Just send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Much love, and my prayers are always with you.
Joy is a photographer, wife and mommy based out of Albuquerque, NM. She is available by appointment for weddings, events and sessions in New Mexico.