Thursday, February 9, 2012

No matter where I am, so is He...

As I have said before, I am a major music fan and it is something that I use to connect with Him before I pray, read my Bible or when I feel like I need to hear Him in a different way.  Kari Jobe has a new album and it is amazing...One song, called "Here" has been particularity ministering to my heart, especially if I listen to it before I pray.  You can listen to it here. The lyrics are so true and powerful: 


Come and rest here
Come and lay your burdens down
Come and rest here
There is refuge for you now

You'll find His peace 
And know you are not alone anymore
He is near
You'll find His healing
Your heart isn't shattered anymore
He is here

Breathe in
Breath out
You will
You will find Him here

Come and rest here
Come and lay your burdens down
Come and rest here
There is refuge for you now

You'll find His peace 
And know you are not alone anymore
He is near
You'll find His healing
Your heart isn't shattered anymore
He is here

Breathe in
Breath out
You will
You will find Him here

I will rest in You
I will rest in You
I will rest in You
I will rest in You

Breathe in
Breath out
You will
You will find Him here

Breathe in
Breath out
You will
You will find Him here

You will find Him
You will find Him here
You will find Him
You will find Him here

I am a huge believer in bringing Him thanks and praise in prayer.  I think that it is something that you should almost say first - praise Him just for who He is and what He has done for you and then praise Him for all He has given and blessed you with...then pray the needs and burdens of myself, loved ones and others and then praise Him again. 

But, there are times where the burden is so great and the pain is so deep and all you can do is cry out to Him.  Sometimes, in these times of my life, I have a hard time coming to Him in brokenness...I don't know if it is because I feel ashamed that I have such a great need or because I am so broken that I don't even know how I got to that point...either way, I have always had a hard time with unburdening knowing that I am going to be asking for so much.  When I heard this song I was so touched because it made me realize that He is here - He knows that I am so broken and He has given us His death and resurrection (one of the reasons) so we can lay at the foot of the cross and be unburdened.  As I have been reading through the Psalms, it is so clear that He wants us to come to Him with our praise and thanksgiving, but also our burdens.  

Psalm 4:1 ...Answer me when I call to You, O my righteous God.  Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer...

Psalm 6:4...Turn, O Lord, and deliver me; save me because of Your unfailing love,...  6:9...The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer...

Psalm 18:6...In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help.  From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears...  18:16-17...He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters.  He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were to strong for me...  18:28...You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light...

These are just a few of the Psalms that talk to us and teach us about His love, His heart for our burdens and that He is always there....Psalm 22, 25, 27 and 28....the list is endless...I realize that I should not feel shame in needing Him so much because He wants me to need Him...He wants to help me, love me, teach me, guide me through those times of great burden and pain because He is the light in the darkness...

In my times of great burden what could be more beautiful then putting in my headphones, listening to this song and taking a deep breath and bringing my burdens to the One that loves me more than any other....





4 comments:

  1. What a blessing this post is...confirms my own love for music, worship within my heart, and longing to be thankful and praising Him. Thanks for sharing. <3

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  2. I went through a study on prayer from a book this weekend and it was very insightful. I'm sure you've heard of the ACTS thing Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. One of the things that stuck out to me was Adoration is praising God for WHO HE IS not what he's done for us. What he's done for us is thanksgiving. But we have to realize who God is and dwell on his attributes. And while realizing his holiness we see ourselves as sinners and move to confession. It's a neat progression lol but prayer isn't always so formulized. This also made me think of Romans 8:26 (I had to look it up lol) that says when we don't know what to say or how to pray the Holy Spirit intercedes for us.

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  3. I read Mrs. Martin's dad's book on prayer for one of my classes and it was amazing...It is called "Prayer-Asking and Receiving" and it changed my whole prayer thought. I agree with you - I added a part 2 to my blog about that because I realized that I did not talk about humbleness in my prayer because He is GOD and as much as He is our friend, I believe so much in being grateful for that fact.

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