I have this thing, a passion perhaps, for music. I listen to music at LEAST 70% of my everyday life—for real, I don’t think I can go a day without listening to music. I don’t know when it started, to be honest. In high school, I was in choir classes and I was in the marching band so I could argue that maybe that is when my passion for music began. Honestly, I don’t know if I could even say that. There’s just something about music that I’m attracted to—I love making it, singing, writing it, listening to it—there are few bad things I could say about music, and even now I can’t think of them.
Music, as cliche as it might sound, is the soundtrack to which we live our lives. Music can serve as an outlet…as a comforter. I believe it’s the best thing we’ve ever created.
I’ve been thinking a lot about music lately—especially in church. I’m a lover of worship music—hit me up with some Hillsong, Jesus Culture, Kim Walker-Smith, Elevation Worship, and I’m lit. I love songs like What a Beautiful Name, Oceans, How He Loves, and So Will I, and you don’t even wanna get me started on Reckless Love or Love is War.
I love these songs as well as a gazillion others, but lately, I can’t help but wonder if we really know the songs we’re singing—if we’re really asking God to do the things these songs imply.
The first song I think about with this is Oceans by Hillsong, “Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters, wherever You would call me.” I mean think about that. Do we really understand what that could mean? Is that really what we want from Him? Don’t think I’m criticizing the lyrics, I love this song, but I’m asking you (and I’m asking myself too) if we’re okay with Him doing whatever it takes for our trust to be without borders?
And again in So Will I by Hillsong, “if the rocks cry out in silence, so will I.” Do we know that means? (see Luke 19:40)
A big song in H2O lately has been New Wine by Hillsong. I first heard this song when I was out at LT, and it sort of became this prayer of mine. I was going through a lot and I didn’t want what God and I were doing to be something that ended when the summer did. So, I would ask God to keep using me, to keep having His Good, Good way with me. I hadn’t realized that God would keep reminding me of those words and that I would keep praying them to Him.
New Wine is a super powerful song with a bold ask; “make me Your vessel, make me an offering, make me whatever You want me to be.” I think the song even reflects Romans 5 a little when it says, “in the crushing, in the pressing, you are making new wine.”
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
I’ve been writing a lot that my life has been a bit chaotic lately. I’m not mad about it, however, I’ll admit that I don’t really know what God’s doing or what His plans are for me right now. It’s been hard, to say the least; I’m learning that friendships are hard, school is hard, managing time is hard. Even though it’s been a rough semester, I know that these things are all Good for me; because I know that in the crushing, pressing, suffering, pain, frustration, and hurt, God is making us into beautiful creations—into new wine.
I don’t understand what His plans are, but as the song goes, “I yield to You and to Your careful hand; when I trust You I don’t need to understand.”
I pray we trust Him; I pray that I would trust Him because the Lord knows I can’t even do that on my own.
I haven’t always thought about the power behind the songs that we sing, and I hope that in our worship, we reflect on the words, we pray about it, and we ask the powerful, bold things that those songs do of Him and of us. I pray He’d take us to where our trust is without borders, to where we praise alongside the rocks, with all of creation, the beautiful name of Jesus.
And I pray that we’d be ready for His answer.