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The songs that connect us to God

June 26, 2012 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

During our July and August Sunday morning worship gatherings, I will be preaching through selected Psalms, using that section of the Bible in order to help us connect in deeper ways to God. During that time, I will be using the NewLife blog as a platform for the people of our church the opportunity to share about particular songs that help them connect to God.

“Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died– more than that, who was raised to life– is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” (Romans 8:33-35)

As I’m sure many of you would agree, music has a way of helping us express ourselves in ways that we might not be able to do on our own. When I look back on my life, I can see the various ways that music helped me express myself (warning: get ready for some true confessions): I can see too-cool-for-school 4th grade Eric rocking out to Tears for Fears’ Shout on his record player; shy 7th grade Eric slow-dancing at the school dance with the girl he liked to Debbie Gibson’s Lost in your eyes; 12th grade Eric getting pumped up to play basketball by listening to Alice in Chains’ Angry Chair; and 26 year-old Eric praising God while dancing with his bride at his wedding to Chris Rice’s And your praise goes on. And even to this day, as I get in the car, I scroll down my song list on my Ipod, looking for the song that perfectly captures how I am feeling. Such is the power of music.

When it comes to my worship of God, I am the same way. Songs help me connect to God in a way that I am often unable to on my own. There are songs that remind me to trust in God, others that give expression to the joy I feel in knowing Him, and still others that express the deep longing of my heart to know Him more. But the song I want to share about today is one that touches me at a depth that no other song has ever reached. A couple of years ago I went through a very difficult season, and I found that it was challenging to even vocalize a prayer to God at times, let alone even know how to pray. It was like the Psalmist wrote in Psalm 6:6: “I am worn out from groaning; all night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears.” I would go through the songbook in my head, but found that none of them touched how I was feeling. But then I remembered a song from my time at the Worship Center in Hebron, which I attended for a couple years when I was in college. It was a song written by Bruce Ramsey, their worship leader, and was simply called, “Jesus, please pray for me.” Its lyrics went like this:

Oh Great High Priest, standing before the Father, ever living to intercede

For Your inheritance, and that you may receive the reward of your sacrifice in me

I’m learning to trust when I don’t know why, and believe You hear me when I cry

Jesus, You know what I need

Jesus, please pray for me

There it was – a song that touched the depth of my hurt, a song that recognized that our Lord and Savior is at the right hand of the Father, and as it says in Hebrews 7:25, “he always lives to intercede for them.” I might not know what to do, or even what to pray, but I could throw myself at the feet of my loving Lord and know that He could hear the cry of my heart and was praying for me. What comfort to know that Jesus (and the Holy Spirit, see Romans 8:26) intercede for us, praying on our behalf to the Father. And what a blessing to have a song that expressed for me what I was having such a hard time vocalizing myself

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