I don’t know whether or not you do this but I often spend days on end meditating on a single worship song. Just listening to it over and over, while journaling, traveling or just waiting. Taking the words to heart and making it my prayer, yes really listening to the song instead of just hearing it.
Last week while in Vanuatu, the only thing I had playing while journaling was Jesus Culture’s cover of Keith Green’s modern hymn Oh Lord, You’re beautiful. We would have our trainings in the morning and at the end there would be a time to journal and reflect, I’d just pull out my earphones and begin writing as though my ponderings were laced with a backing track or movie score. And as the song is that of adoration, for me it was a timely reminder that when things are going well (especially in ministry); it’s not because of us but because of God and His provision through Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit, our delight should be in bringing glory to His name. The focus should always be one Him.
Since coming back, the past couple of days have been a time to not only review the lessons and experiences there but moreover, draw closer to God and acknowledge that He is the one in control. The song I’ve been meditating on this week is by Jonathan Helser and it’s probably one of the simplest yet earnest songs I’ve heard… ever. You can just about hear the time Jonathan has spent seeking God in the sincerity of his voice. The song is called Abba, I pray that you’ll be blessed by it as well.
by Jonathan Helser
You’re more real than the wind in my lungs
You’re more real than the ground I’m standing on
You’re thoughts define me, you’re inside me
You’re my reality
Abba, I belong to you
You’re closer than the skin on my bones
You’re closer than the song on my tongue