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The Journey


A journey is defined as, “an act of traveling from one place to another” by many common dictionary’s.  This implies that we have to go somewhere to experience a Journey but I would like to pose the idea that we can also experience a journey by listening to music.  Music has the ability to change our moods from bad to good or vice-versa.  Music has the ability to set the stage for a triumphal entrance or a scary scene within a movie or theatrical performance.  In fact music has a dramatic influence on our lives whether we pay attention to it or not.  For me music is an escape from the daily norm and offers an opportunity to get lost in it’s substance.

Lately, for the better of the past month, I have been enthralled by 3 songs.  These 3 songs have absorbed 90 percent of my listening experience, which is normally very diverse ranging from the classical greats of Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to the classics rock style of Styx, Van Halen and Boston to the Contemporary’s of Third Day, Jeremy Camp and Lincoln Brewster.  But for some reason I have not been able to let go of these 3 songs.   All 3 songs are from the “Christian & Gospel” (iTunes) genre or otherwise known as “Contemporary Christian” or could be coined as “Worship Songs”.  The songs are “Come To Me” by Bethel Music The Loft Sessions, “The Question” by Vaughn Thompson Jr. and Third Culture Worship and “Rooftops” by Kim Walker and Jesus Culture.   I did a little check on my iTunes play count and noticed that “Come To Me has 78 plays over a 4 weeks, “The Question” has 37 plays over 2 weeks and “Rooftops” is at 24 in 24 hours.  In fact last night on my drive home I put Rooftops on repeat for my entire commute home which just happens to be on average 75 minutes.

So what is it about these 3 songs that was calling me to repeat them over and over throughout the day and night over the past month?   So let’s take a look at each of their stories starting with Come to Me by Bethel Music.  The first time I heard this song I was awestruck.  I was sitting in my office conducting my normal routine and I took a break to check out the latest gossip on Facebook.  Isn’t that why we go their anyway, to appease our narcissistic side?  But to my demise I did not find a narcissistic fantasy, instead I found an invitation from a great God given in the form of a song.  I don’t know how many times I watched the Video.  It may have been 5, 10, 15 but I know it has been numerous over the past 3 weeks.  I continued to watch the video over the next few days and waited for the song to be released on iTunes since I had already pre-ordered the song

The song itself is sung by Jen Johnson who I have been a fan of for a long time.  You may have been familiar with their song O’ Taste and See which has been a popular worship song for about 5 years now.  This song is different altogether than their earlier stuff.  This song is more to the heart.  The tone, the spirit and the instrumentation are just mind bending.  When I listen to the the lyrics I can place myself in the shoes of Isaiah in Isaiah chapter 6 where he is encountered by God or Moses when he encounters God at the the burning bush in Exodus 3 or Paul on the road near Damascus in Acts 9.  The song is an invitation from God requesting our presence.  Requesting us to Come To Him.  Thank you Jen Johnson and Bethel Music.  Thank you God for the invitation.

Lyrics to Come to Me:

I am the Lord your God,
I go before you now.
I stand beside you
I’m all around you
And though you feel I’m far away
I’m closer than your breath
I am with you
More than you know

I am the Lord your peace
No evil will conquer you
Steady now your heart and mind
Come into my rest
And oh, let your faith arise
And lift up your weary head
I am with you
Wherever you go

Come to me, I’m all you need
Come to me, I’m everything
Come to me, I’m all you need
Come to me, I’m your everything

I am your anchor, in the wind and the waves
And I am your steadfast, so don’t be afraid
Though your heart and flesh may fail you
I’m your faithful strength
And I am with you
Wherever you go

Come to me, I’m all you need
Come to me, I’m your everything
Come to me, I’m all you need
Come to me, I’m your everything

Don’t look to the right or to the left, keep your eyes on me
You will not be shaken, you will not be moved
Ohhhh

I am the hand to hold, I am the truth, I am the way
Heyyyy
Just come to me, come to me
Cause I’m all that you need

The second song is “The Question” by Third Culture Worship.  This is the first song that I have had the pleasure to experience by Third Culture Worship and Vaughan Thompson and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised.  At first I didn’t make the connection that God was communicating to me through this music.  It took me a few days but isn’t that always the case.  God speaks, we don’t hear.  God speaks again, we say what like a child speaking to their parents when their attention is actually locked into what is on T.V.  God speaks again and we finally say OH WOW!

That is what happened yesterday, I received that OH, WOW moment.  I have recently realized that this song is in essence a response to the request that was posed in Come To Me.  I doubt the authors collaborated on the effort, in fact, it is highly unlikely that the authors even know each other but that is what is so amazing about God.  He knows, He knows my heart and what it needs much more than I do and he knew that I needed reminded of His request to be my friend.  He also knew that I needed reminded of what that friendship was like.

The Question embodies the feelings and emotions that a person goes through when they come to the realization of what Come To Me is stating.  God wants us to come to Him and has provided a bridge through his Son to do that.  He wants to have a relationship with us.  He wants to walk with us again as He did in the beginning before the fall of man, before sin entered our lives.  The Question hits the heart of human emotion and takes us on a listeners journey to a realization of God’s call.  It depicts the process we go through once we’ve realized we are being drawn to worship a living God.

Lyrics to The Question

I can’t help but ask the question, Why would you choose me, pursue me?
And why would a King take my ashes and trade them for beauty, Your beauty
And I’m so amazed that unending grace has found me, Lord, You found me
And I cannot help but give myself to this Love, Your Love

Lord I believe that You are calling
That You are drawing me to worship
No one but You in Spirit and Truth
That’s why I give myself to no one else but You

Lord, draw me closer and taker over, I surrender to You
My strength has faded, I can’t make it without You, Jesus
Lord, draw me closer and taker over, I surrender to You
My strength has faded, I can’t make it without You

Lord I believe, yes, You are calling
Yes, You are drawing me to worship
No one but You in Spirit and Truth
That’s why I give myself to no one else (repeat CHORUS 2)
That’s why I give myself to no one else but You

Without You, Without You, Without You No I can’t live
Without You, Without You, Without You No I can’t live
Without You, Jesus.(Without You, Jesus) Without You, Jesus (Without You, Jesus)
Without You, Jesus.(Without You, Jesus) No I can’t live
Without You, Jesus.(Without You, Jesus) Without You, Jesus (Without You, Jesus)
Without You, Jesus.(Without You, Jesus) No I can’t live
Without You, Jesus.(Without You, Jesus) Without You, Jesus (Without You, Jesus)
Without You, Jesus.(Without You, Jesus) No I can’t live
There’s no hope.(Without You, Jesus) There’s no peace (Without You, Jesus)
There’s no me.(Without You, Jesus) Say Lord I believe

Lord I believe, yes, You are calling
Yes, You are drawing me to worship
No one but You in Spirit and Truth
That’s why I give myself to no one else (repeat as desired)
That’s why I give myself to no one else but You

Rooftops, for lack of a better explanation, is what I would call “bottled joy”.  This song is the embodiment of Psalm 21.  It is the Holy, Holy, Holy that the seraphim were singing in Isaiah 6:3.  It is the response of the heart that has accepted and fully understands the Justification through Grace by Faith as defined by Paul in Romans 5.  It is my cry to a Holy and Living and Everlasting God!

Lyrics to Rooftops:

Here I am before You, falling in love and seeking Your truth
Knowing that Your perfect grace has brought me to this place
Because of You I freely live, my life to You, oh God, I give
So I stand before You, God
I lift my voice cause You set me free

So I shout out Your name, from the rooftops I proclaim
That I am Yours, I am Yours

All the good You’ve done for me, I lift up my hands for all to see
You’re the only one who brings me to my knees
To share this love across the earth, the beauty of Your holy worth
So I kneel before You, God
I lift my hands cause You set me free

So I shout out Your name, from the rooftops I proclaim
That I am Yours, I am Yours
All that I am, I place into Your loving hands
And I am Yours, I am Yours

Here I am, I stand, with arms wide open
To the One, the Son, the Everlasting God

So what is our response?  The only acceptable one is one of submission and in the words of Moses, Isaiah and Paul – “Here Am I, Lord, Send Me!”.

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