Worship

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Don’t you just love those moments of spontaneous worship? Times where you don’t need elaborate sound systems or flashy lights? These are some of my favorite moments with God.

I was in Haiti in the summer of 2011 serving a short term mission with my church. One day, after we had finished our kids clubs, we drove a few hours outside of Carrefour (near Port-au-Prince) and went swimming at a beach. On our way home, it had started rain, and it rained hard! It took us hours to get back where we were staying because the traffic was do bad.

When we finally got home, we all ran into the house we were staying at. I’m still not exactly how this next part happened, but one thing led to another and we were all outside playing in the rain! The Haitians were looking at us like we were crazy!

After a bit of this, a few of us were sitting in the back of a truck that was owned by the people we were staying with. I just felt led to sing some worship to God. Everybody in the truck joined in and and was amazing. One of the things that was cool about it was the fact that we were in a different country, worshipping God in his creation.

One of the things that really touched me was that even though in life it drizzles, it rains, and it pours, we can still worship God amongst all the crap we have going on in our lives. That even if it is pouring, we don’t have to be worried or afraid because we have an awesome God who is bigger than all of that.

We were worshipping for what felt like an hour (I’m not quite sure how much time had passed). And afterwards I felt really refreshed after working hard all week. It was there, in Haiti, that I had had the most amazing worship experience I’ve ever had.

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.
-Psalm 98:4

In God’s grip,
Alex

Take My Life

Yesterday at my Youth Group, called Heirforce, we sang a worship song called Take My Life by Third Day. It is an amazing song and I would recommend it to anyone. But anyway, I’ve been really thinking about the lyrics and I wanted to share my impression of them with you guys.

The first verse goes to say, “How many times have I turned away? The number is the same as the sand on the shore. But every time you’ve taken me back, and now I pray you do it once more.” What I get from this, but it is also obvious, is that we all sin. But because Jesus died on the cross for our sins, He will always remain faithful. Even though we have sinned so many times it’s immeasurable.

The chorus goes like this, ” Please take from me my life when I don’t have the strength, to give it away to you. Please take from me my life when I don’t have the strength to give it away to you, Jesus.” And what I get from this is that God is in control no matter what and that if you are struggling in any aspect of your life that you can just give it all to God and know that he has a plan for you.

The second verse is very similar but instead of sand on the shore it’s stars in the sky. I have been thinking about this a lot and I just wanted to share it with you. I pray that if you are struggling with sin that you could just give it to God and let him take the reins in your life.

In God’s grip,
Alex