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

COMPLETELY by Ana Laura

“They just wanted the perks like blessings and favor that Christians have but they do not want to take seriously the responsibilities that go with it.  One foot on worldly things. The other foot on holy things.”

This words came from my mentor. Such powerful words they are indeed. Sad but true. Some Christians just want the blessings but are not committed to carry their own crosses and follow Christ.

Many of Jesus’ followers live powerless lives and act like losers and weaklings because they are not sold out to God’s cause and still want to get the best of the world. Many Christians still fall for the same old trap of money, fame, and fortune, choosing to settle for lesser, “less tasky” things, thus forsaking their greater calling.

With great power comes great responsibility. Christians carry the greatest responsibility in the entire universe because they carry the greatest power in the world, which, was handed to us when Christ made the greatest sacrifice that could ever be recorded.

It’s easy to forget this simple yet profound truth when we want to take over our lives. Many of us don’t want to yield to His ways. Many of us don’t submit to His plans. Many of us carve our own paths than to stick with God’s plan for us. We call Him “Lord, Lord” but we don’t want to let go. We are just so afraid to die to our own selfish ways…

To all of us who have been called, let us make up our minds to follow only one Master, and to follow Him with no reservations.

“Let all that is within me lift up to you and say, ‘I am yours and yours alone  -Completely.'”

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

NO TURNING BACK by Audrey Assad

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No Turning Back

“I’m breathing to the beat of your heart and leaving the world behind, No turning back…”

This the first worship track I tuned into today. It made me ask myself, “what does it really mean for me to follow Christ without turning back?”

I follow God not because He’s one of many ways to live a meaningful life but because He is the only way to discover my purpose here and beyond. I follow Him not just for the perks of living a happy and blessed life but because He is the only one who will go through every single trial and go through all the pain with me. To Him belongs the only name by which all man can be saved and redeemed. For all that God has done, is doing, and promised to do, committing my life to Him is the least that I can do to say thank you.

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When I say I follow Christ, it should be said and sung with such passion, to the point that my heart is racing in excitement to declare to the whole earth ,”Hey, follow me as I follow Christ!” To follow Christ with no turning back is to breathe to the beat of His heart and to leave the world behind; to die to myself, to my plans, hopes, dreams, and to my will, so that His Name will be lifted high.

This song vividly describes how we should follow God. We should stay behind, follow closely, and make up our minds that we have nothing to loose and have everything to find.

Thank God for this song.

MEET: ALL SONS & DAUGHTERS

Hail to Tennessee’s Christian Acoustic-folk duo, Leslie Jordan and David Leonard, a.k.a. “All Sons And Daughters.”  From their humble beginning as worship leaders at Journey Church in Franklin, Tennessee, they now have released 3 albums under Integrity Music, with the latest released only May this year. Some of their most wanted hits are Brokenness Aside, Reason to Sing, and my favorite, Oh How I Need You.

These seasoned musicians play some absolutely mesmerizing acoustics accompanied by soulful vocals and creative & worshipful lyrics. They have very unique and distinct sound, personality, and identity.  Their songs are the kind that you can listen to anytime of the day and put you into worship right where you are.

As mentioned in their official website (http://allsonsanddaughters.com), All Sons & Daughters will be going on a tour with the Crowder band this coming October.

OH HOW I NEED YOU BY ALL SONS & DAUGHTERS

HURRICANE by Samestate (Unplugged)

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I love the line in the song that says, “Cause all we did was nothing but the love still came.” Wow. Just wow. All we did was nothing. YET His love still came. And that love brought the Good News to all humanity.

Hurricane is a fresh reminder of God’s grace. We can never comprehend what grace really is and how it operates. All we can do is to accept it and to live by it.

“For all of us who have a hard time
Getting it through our brains,
That all we did was nothing
But the love still came,
And it’s bringing in Good News,
Love is comin back like a hurricane.”

This is the raw version of Samestate’s Hurricane. Feel free to check out the original version.

SALTWATER HEART by Switchfoot (LIVE)

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I fell in love with this song the moment I heard it. The first few guitar strums immediately caught me. And as the song progressed, the melody and the instruments just got better. All the tracks in Switchfoot’s “Fading West” album were great. But Saltwater Heart is my best pick. Whenever I listen to this track, I am reminded of the freedom that I have in Christ. Even though I’m tired, just listening to Saltwater Heart uplifts me from within and makes me feel that amazing liberty running through my veins. I can’t exactly explain why on earth I have cried listening to this upbeat song. Maybe it’s because it taps a certain longing from deep within my soul that I know only God can reach out to. And once again, I feel as if I’m diving into the vastness of God’s ocean of love, grace, and mercy.

“…We’re on your shore again
I can feel the ocean
I can feel your open arms
That pure emotion
I’m finally free again
By my own explosion
We’re on your shore again
I can feel the ocean…” (Chorus)

SALTWATER HEART BY SWITCHFOOT (LIVE)

RELENTLESS

Relentless. noun. Determined. Uncompromising. Unstoppable. Unyielding. Inexhaustible. 

This is the kind of love that God as for you. for me. for all of us, sinful & undeserving people.

Our fathers and mothers may have failed. Our friends and as lovers as well. But as far as is the east is from the west, so is the Father’s love for us.

The Father freely gave the only begotten Son who faithfully lived according to the Father’s will, suffered and died on that lonely cross, and on the third day rose again, tearing down the veil of darkness conquering the grave.

Simple yet incomprehensible. Will He ever stop loving us? Absolutely not. Definitely never. 

Desert Song version 2.0

Desert Song by Natalie Grant. Her version really captured me. The music. The arrangement, Her voice. Everything. I’ve been stuck with this track for some weeks now. I play it over and over again, whether through my music player or just in my head. But more than its musical value, the lyrics of this song are really empowering. This is a perfect song to sing during dark and lonely days, or when you’re passing through life’s tough challenges. It is a declaration of freedom and a reminder of the victory that we have in Jesus. . “All of my life, In every season, You are still God. I have a reason to sing. I have a reason to worship.”

YOUNG AND FREE!

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” Hillsong Young & Free – the sound of today’s young people – ALIVE and walking in their God-given freedom, confident of who they are in Christ.”

When I first heard about it, I was some sort of skeptical because honestly, I felt like this is conforming to the patterns of this world. But when I heard the songs, I guess I was wrong. This is the sound of the new generation of young worshipers. Hillsong’s senior pastor, Brian Houston, invited all worshipers to open their hearts to this new sound. After all, the psalmist exhorted us to sing a new song to God; to let our lips declare His praise and worship, and maybe even break out from our old mindsets; and allow the joy and vibrancy of youth to give us an even greater love for Jesus Christ.

The lyrics were liberating, not to mention that the melodies and arrangements were great. The songs speak of grace and mercy and love – but in a different, more modern package. Among the fast praise tracks in this new release, I liked Alive and Wake. But I instantly fell in love with the solemnity and sincerity of Sinking Deep.

“Your love so deep
Is washing over me
Your face is all I seek
You are my everything

Jesus Christ
You are my one desire
Lord hear my only cry
To know You all my life”