TOUCH THE SKY by Hillsong United

“What treasure waits within Your scars
This gift of freedom gold can’t buy
I bought the world and sold my heart
You traded heaven to have me again”

The first time I heard it, I fell in love with it. It’s been over a week and I still can’t get this song outside my head. It’s a very relaxing track to tune into. And the lyrics? Definitely heartwarming. Touch the sky is a very humbling song. It reminds me how unworthy I am of God’s love and mercy, and of how great His grace is to a sinner like me. It is in Christ and Christ alone that I found freedom. It is when I fall on my knees that I touch the sky. For where I am nothing, God is everything.

“God said, ‘No, it doesn’t matter who you are,’ and because of that, we don’t have to try and elevate ourselves in order to find God. We find God from a position of surrender.” -Ptr. Houston (Hillsong Church)

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HOW GREAT YOU ARE by Shannon Wexelberg

Listening to this song puts my heart in a posture of humility, as if thousands of images portraying the goodness and faithfulness of God are flashing before me.

Great kings delight to rule over great people. They want to be surrounded by good advisers and obedient subjects. But God, being the greatest and highest of all, King of kings and Lord of lords, finds His greatest delight in reigning over us, faithless, disobedient and very unruly people. How do you explain that? He gets nothing in return, as there is nothing, absolutely nothing we can give and do to add to His lordship. It is a great mystery to me WHY ON EARTH WOULD A GREAT AND MIGHTY GOD CHOOSE TO REIGN OVER A FOOLISH WRETCH LIKE US…LIKE YOU…LIKE ME…

The only rightful response before this gracious and merciful God is to worship Him as He deserves; to acknowledge His sovereignty and majesty.Listening to this old track renews my faith in my God and my perspective in the Lord whom I worship. He is so high, yet so humble; so far, yet not distant. It is my prayer that my heart would grow to yearn for more of Him and that my soul will not find its rest until I come face to face with my Savior. And when that time comes, at His feet  will I bow and sing and proclaim, “HOW GREAT YOU ARE!”

“You are deserving of all the praises, Lord

My heart is yearning to be in Your presence once more

Deep inside my heart is burning, I want to give you more

And You’re the only one that I adore

HOW GREAT YOU ARE, HOW GREAT YOU ARE

YOU ARE THE MIGHTY KING AND YOU COME TO REIGN IN ME

HOW GREAT YOU ARE, HOW GREAT YOU ARE

I GIVE YOU ALL THE PRAISES OF MY HEART.”

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP by Paul Baloche

Hark the Herald is one of my favorite Christmas tracks. And I like Paul Baloche’s take on it because it’s simple and close to the original. Not overly done, in short. And I also enjoy singing the chorus he made, which sings:

“King of Heaven come down, King of Heaven come down. Let Your glory reign shining like the day. King of heaven come. King of heaven rise up, who can stand against us You are strong to save with Your mighty name. King of heaven come.”

Angels we have heard on high was also GREAT! It had such a beautiful arrangement that makes me want to dance in praise. I can imagine singing with the angels while shouting “In excelsis deo!” What an amazing night it was indeed, the night our Saviour was born in the humble town of Bethlehem. And how pleasant it is to the soul when we recall the nativity by singing about it. 

If you can spare some of your precious time, you might as well check out the entire album entitled “Christmas Worship” by Paul Baloche. Join him sing classic Christmas tunes that tell of the great story of the birth of our Saviour, Jesus.

I LOVE YOU LORD by Elevation Worship

A love that will not let me go, my soul will rest in you alone.
I give you back this life I owe, to know you Jesus more and more.

I was reading Jarrid Wilson’s blog post entitled “YOUR SCARS ARE PROOF THAT GOD HEALS” while listening to Elevation Worship’s Wake Up The Wonder album. Suddenly, an inexplicable feeling of joy and gratefulness flooded my heart, as if someone whispered to me “Child, just so you know, I love you so.”

The simple yet very profound truth about God’s amazing grace still amazes me up until this very moment. Of why He loves me still in spite of my shortcomings. Of why He still cares about me even though I constantly turn my back from Him. Of how overwhelmingly patient He is despite the fact that I frustrate Him repeatedly. Never could I comprehend God’s love and mercy. Truly His compassion knows no bound. His love goes beyond just feelings and transforms me from within. I would not be here today if not for His unfailing love.

I’d like to quote Jarrid Wilson on what he said about mistakes and weaknesses: “I’m not proud of my past, but I wear my scars on my sleeve because I am proud of who I’ve become in Christ. These scars remind me that I can conquer all things, and that healing is possible through God.” 

By His love I have been redeemed. And the only rightful response is for me to love God back. While I can never “outlove” Him, I simply give Him all the love I am capable of giving. It may not be much, not even close to the tip of His affections for me, but the little I have, I surrender to Him.

God, I just want to say THANK YOU and I LOVE YOU. Thank you for never giving up on me, and for promising to walk with me all the days of my life. I know there would still be days when my love will somehow grow cold, but even then I know that the warmth of your love will reach out to me. Thank you, God. I love You, Dad.

“Your patience was amazing waiting while my heart was wondering.
Your kindness is surprising as I stumble home you run to me.
I’m welcomed with rejoicing wrapped in the embrace of royalty
And now I’m overflowing, singing of the love I have received.”

BRUTAL ROMANTIC by Brooke Fraser #reinvented

After 4 looooong years, finally, Brooke Fraser is alive. And this time, she’s almost totally different. First off, it’s very evident with her hair color. From jet black, she’s gone blonde. She’s also matured a lot, and I mean that in a good way. Here is a woman who is ever-willing to learn and never runs out of ways to reinvent herself. And the change is undeniably noticeable in the album. Yes, the album.

Brutal Romantic is obviously out of the box. It’s not the typical brooke-fraser-is-a-nice-Christian-girl type of album. It’s far from Flags and Albertine. It’s nothing like Hillsong. No. There’s no direct mention of God or Jesus yet the songs are powerful and I can sense that they’re written out of something that’s deeper and bigger and even beyond the words themselves. The songs and the music videos somehow put me in a position where I’m forced to think and reflect and be silent even just for a while. At first I was, well, shocked, with this new Brooke and this album. For a moment I thought that she’s become an Illuminati or something. But according to her, this is just the output of her continuous desire to learn and to thrive on new paths, as if she’s beginning from scratch.

Of all 10 tracks, so far my favorite is Kings and Queens. The melody and the instruments somehow sound like a fusion of Imogen Heap and Regina Spektor and Empire of the Sun, as it has the mixture of electronic and alternative sort of thing. But aside from that, I like the lyrics. It has so many interpretations yet however you put it you can’t deny that it’s young. Being 21, I immediately related to it because it’s so true that I still have a long way to go. The Chorus says, “We’ve got a long to go but we got the energy. It took a little while to find reality. We’ve come a long way you know, living inside a dream.Waking to find that we are kings and queens.”

The tracks are definitely worth checking out. To give you a preview, here’s the album sampler:

FROM THE INSIDE OUT by For King & Country (New Version)

Do you feel like you’re a failure? This track is just right for you.

This is one of my favorite Christian songs that has never failed to capture my heart. It reminds me of God’s grace and mercy, and of how He still wants me by His side in spite of all my failures and shortcomings. The pre-chorus says, “My heart and my soul, I give You control. Consume me from the inside out,” which is the perfect response to the  goodness & faithfulness of the One whose light shines when all else fails and whose glory goes beyond all fame.

“AND THE CRY OF MY HEART IS TO GIVE YOU PRAISE FROM THE INSIDE OUT OF MY SOUL…”

EVERYDAY YOUR LOVE IS NEW by Esterlyn

It’s a fight that we’re all gonna have to face
To live a life where we’re nothing apart from grace
Oh Jesus make our will Your very own
We feel the pull of wonder
We wonder everyday
We need Your love to lead us
To show us the way
We sing out, we seek Your face
Pour out Your grace
Everyday Your love is new
Everyday You make me new
We sing out, we sing Your praise
With healed hearts we say
Everyday Your love is new
Everyday You make me new
Forgive us forgive us
From where we have fallen
And fill us, fill us with Your presence
Renew a steadfast spirit Lord within us

His Love Endures Forever!

Psalm 136 is known for repeating “His love endures forever” in all its verses. As I was doing my devotion, I can’t seem to dig deeper through it. I know that when something is repeatedly being said, it means emphasis. But beyond that, I know I’m still missing out on something. So I decided to tune in to Chris Tomlin’s “Forever,” which also reiterates “His love endures forever” in every verse. As I was singing, it felt good to sing “His live endures forever” over and over again. Then it occurred to me that, “Hey! Psalm 136 is also a song! And the Psalmist was singing those wonderful lyrics over and over again not in vain but in pure, solid worship; a declaration that indeed, His love and mercy is the same yesterday, today and forevermore!”

“…the everlasting continuance of the mercy of God is very much his honour and that which he glories in, and very much the saints’ comfort and that which they glory in. It is that which therefore our hearts should be full of and greatly affected with, so that the most frequent mention of it, instead of cloying us, should raise us the more, because it will be the subject of our praise to all eternity.” -Matthew Henry

FOREVER by Chris Tomlin

START A FIRE by Unspoken

Over and over again
I hear Your voice in my head
Let Your light shine, let Your light shine for all to see

Start a fire in my soul
Fan the flame and make it grow
So there’s no doubt or denying
Let it burn so brightly
That everyone around can see
That it’s You, that it’s You that we need
Start a fire in me