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The Ocean’s Roar

June 19, 2008 1 comment

Here is one of my favorite songs.  It is intended to be a praise song.  It has never really been used in corporate worship, but I use it in any set that I can work it into and play it quite often during my own times of praise and worship.  I drew from my own experiences when writing this.  I live near the coast so  I have spent my share of time in and around the Ocean.  I have seen the powerful rip currents and been turned around by the waves and didn’t know which way was up.  I remember the first time I saw an eagle flying.  I remember distictly that there were several buzzards that were circling the same general area as the eagle.  At first, they were all at the same height and then as if it flipped a switch, the eagle began to soar far above anything the buzzards could ever dream of.  I have spent time in the mountains and enjoyed the spectacular views that differ so much from the Atlantic coast.  And the first time that I went to New York, I tried so hard not to look like a country boy but I could not escape my roots.  I was truly amazed. 

When I wrote this song, I was trying to think of all of the amazing things that I have experienced and how they cannot even come close to what God is and what He means in my life.  This was back in 2005.  As I look back at how much God has brought me through in the last three years, the words mean so much more today than ever.

Verse 1
I’ve heard the ocean roar I felt its power as I stood in it’s waves
I’ve seen the eagle soar I saw its strength as I watched it fly away

Bridge
But of all the things I heard and seen
There’s only one thing compelling me
To fall down on my knees in praise

Chorus
You are God over all I see You’re all I need
You alone are worthy of my praise
More than words of the songs I sing, my offering
A life of praise I bring to You today

Verse 2
I’ve climbed the mountains high saw the beauty of the valley in my view
I’ve seen the city sky and the grand design and buildings man can do

All songs

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Another New Song: I am Yours

May 22, 2008 2 comments

I just finished this song about a week ago.  It isn’t as weighty as the other two that I’ve posted so far, but it is really fun to sing and play. 

Verse 1
Jesus I tried so hard so many times to make myself like You
Well You know I failed everytime so what else could I do but say?
Chorus
Take me as I am do what I can’t do, I surrender
Take me as I am make my heart brand new
Here I am, I am Yours
Verse 2
Jesus I want my light to shine so bright so everyone can see
Make my life pierce through the night Oh Jesus shine through me
Repeat Chorus
Tag
Oh what I will see when I give You all of me
Repeat Chorus

The message is really simple but very significant.  Being both male and geek, I want to do things my way, even when other ways are clearly better.  Jesus said that His yoke is easy and His burden light.  I like making my own terribly uncomfortable yoke and trying to pull a small mountain with it.  I am learning…slowly.  Let’s just say that if Church were school, my class would have two teachers. 

I have major spiritual growth in the last year, mostly because God has began teaching me with a 2×4.  It is a very effective method.  i will probably need to use the same method on my son later in life.  Teaching methods aside, I am learning to truly trust God.  It is scary and it goes agaist my conservative nature to let go, but the rewards are incredible! 

What can you let go of to give God more of your life?  Think about it, pray about it, and do it!  Trust me, if I can, I know you can. 

This Ordinary Life

May 17, 2008 Leave a comment

This is a song that I wrote in 2007.  It remains one of my favorites

Verse 1
Looking at the peices of this ordinary life.
I stand in awe and wonder how You knitted it together and I see it in a new light
I know that You’ve got more for me than simple ordinary things
But I’ve refused to see
You see my stuborness has kept me from falling away
But my stuborness keeps me from being free

Chorus
What You want from me is complete surrender but I won’t give You all of me
I give You my life a piece at a time and a piece at a time You set me free

Verse 2
Too old for revolution but I’m too young to die
I’m stuck here in the middle where I only give a little, it’s an evolutionary life
I wonder at what You would do if I’d give all of me to You
The things that I would see
 But I’m standing here crying about holding these chains
And You’re standing here trying to take these chains from me

Repeat Chorus
Tag
We will all fall short of Your Glory
But we must run this race until it ends
I know I can walk but I want to run to meet You
If I could just learn letting go gains everything, everything

Repeat Chorus

The two verses, chorus and tag contain enough content for me to preach about four sermons.  I have to laugh a little because I was once criticized by those who know more than I do about song writing because the song didn’t say how I would surrender everything to God.  I’ll write that song as soon as I figure it out myself.  I personally do not think that we can solve the world’s problems in 3 minutes and 14 seconds.  I have seen people sing things like “All to Jesus, I surrender, I surrender all” and then go to the parking lot and have a cigarette.   

If we are honest with ourselves and God, we all have plenty of things that we hold onto.  What I have seen in my ordinary life is extraordinary growth in God.  I am amazed at what He has done in me over the last several years.  I have gone from being a part time Christian to writing about His grace and His power.  It’s true that God wants to take away our burdens.  He says “Come to me, my burden is light” but we cry about our burdens and our own chains. 

I remember hearing a testimony when I was a young boy.  The details are long gone but the message is very clear.  The person complained about all of their problems and how the devil was beating them down and how horrible their life was and their dog bit them, well you get the point.  They ended the testimony with “but God is good.”  Wow, what a testimony, your life stinks, at least to hear you tell it.  I have found that the things that I need to let go of the most are holding me down and when I finally get the faith and courage to let go, I experience a new level of freedom.  Can you imagine what God could do if we actually let go of the chains that we hold so dear and let Him truly work in our lives?

The thing about God is that He is faithful to take whatever we are willing to let go of and do wonderful things with what we give Him.  I was also criticized because the chorus made God seem too small.  On the contrary, we are the ones that are small.  He has given us free will and faithfully abides by that free will, even when it is the opposite of what we should be doing. 

So I find myself in my ordinary life making small evolutionary changes to allow God to work withing my free will.  I am a stuborn person that doesn’t like to be uncomfortable.  It’s really hard to truly follow God and not be uncomfortable.  I am slowly learning to let go and as I do, God is faithful to take what little I give up and do amazing things with it.  It’s what he does.  He is turning my water into His wine. 

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Run To You

May 4, 2008 1 comment

Today, I had the chance to sing at the Salisbury Christian Shelter for the third time.  I sang three original songs: Enough, Even Me and the world premiere of “Run To You”.

Run To You Lyrics:
Verse 1
I can hear the sound of a thousand different voices screaming in my head.  It’s driving me insane.
You push through the noise and I’ll try to make the choices that leads me back to You,
That leads me to this truth that You are my hiding place.  To You I run. I run to You

Chorus
You’re the way the truth the life. You hold me close when things aren’t right
You will always be my shelter in the night I run to You
When my world is upside down You turn me back right side around
You’re my rock when all around is sinking ground I run to You

Verse 2
The world is pulling me as far away as it can, far away from You, from what I know is good
But for all You’ve done for me the least I know I can do is hold tight on to You,
To hold tight to this truth that You are my hiding place. To You I run. I run to You

Repeat Chorus
Tag
We were made to worship You but we caught in the average everyday
I will turn my heart to You and You alone ’cause You alone are God I run to You

Repeat Chorus

One of the things that I am so fascinated by is our free will.   So many times, we pray that God would move in our lives or that He does something miraculous or amazing for us and then do nothing to help our own cause.  Don’t get me wrong, I believe in the miraculous power of God and that He can work signs and wonders.  Most of the time, however, we must put ourselves in a position to be used by God or to receive what He has for us.  It’s true that Saul was converted on the road to Damascus via divine intervention, but Saul, now Paul, had to make the choice to see Ananias. 

I am always praying that I get a chance to sing my songs.  Recently, I received a last minute call to sing a few songs.  I had not been practicing faithfully at the time and was caught stumbling through my own songs.  I don’t know if those in attendance noticed it but I sure did.  I prayed for God to move and then didn’t prepare for what I asked for.  That’s real faith, isn’t it?  Today, I was ready, and will be the next time.

Yes, God still performs miracles today.  If you want to see proof, go to http://www.God.tv and watch the Lakeland Florida revival.  However, we must do our part.  We would all see the foolishness in trying to lose weight by eating a half gallon of Ben and Jerry’s every night.  Our spiritual growth works the same way.  We must try to make the choices that lead us closer to God.  We will fail sometimes, but grace will be given.  Let God be your hiding place.  Run to God.  You may be surprised, but you will never be disappointed.