When your soul sits between fear and faith, God can use a worship song to win you over to Him.
I love music.
It can change my world with just a few bars into a song.
When it comes to worship music, it takes me beyond the here and now. Worship music actually transports me straight up to God, when I’ve gotten preoccupied with life on earth.
Last night, after snagging a babysitting swap with another couple, Hubby and I were able to make it to Worship Leader and Songwriter Paul Baloche’s concert here in Silicon Valley.
I’ve never met Paul, but one of his songs holds special significance in my journey to write. My Reward was inspirational to me when I decided to launch Faith Barista.
I had been excited about the idea, but thought maybe I didn’t have anything to say that was worth reading about?
Nothing To Writing
Writing is a very vulnerable endeavor. If you really want to say something, it has to come from an honest place that you can’t protect. You must reach in and offer a piece of yourself as a gift to the reader. Even though you don’t know how it will be received.
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Ernest Hemingway
Life is like writing.
It bleeds worship.
We give ourselves as gifts to the people in our lives —
— when we attempt to make or mend friendships
— when we move into a job that may not be our first choice but it is our best choice
— when we get up every morning to parent, to care-give, to nurture community as singles, to be best friends and lovers to our spouses
— when we explore our callings and find twists and turns.
I was overwhelmed with indecision when Paul’s song My Reward came on the radio. It became crystal clear.
I want to hear You say the words to me “well done" I want to hear You say “good and faithful servant" I want to hear You say “I've prepared a place for you" Let all the treasures of this world fade away Jesus, You are my reward To hear Your voice on that day is all I'm living for Jesus, You are my reward To see Your face on that day is all I'm living for" Lyrics to "My Reward" by Paul Baloche
Jesus is my reward.
It won’t matter in the end —
— where our words end up or how they are received.
— whether the love, care, or heart we give out is treasured or discarded by others.
What matters in the end is who we are living for — Jesus.
What matters is why we are giving ourselves away — for Jesus.
Jesus did not hold back an emotion or drew back from risk. He exposed Himself to the judgment of men, surrendering Himself to the cross, where He hung — bleeding emotionally and physically — vulnerable for everyone could see.
Through the simple, beautiful lyrics, my struggle ceased.
Writing no longer served as a personal pursuit.
Writing became my expression of treasuring Jesus and learning to walk with Him. The joy of this conviction continues to satisfy my deepest desires and sweep away my greatest fears.
DJ Yourself Tonight
In the end, after all that’s been said and done by you and me, Jesus will be there to welcome and embrace us.
Is your soul struggling between your fears and God’s calling for you to trust Him?
Spend some time, listening to songs of worship that bring your soul to Jesus.
Better yet, “waste” some time tonight and DJ yourself the worship songs that have played a special part along your journey of faith.
Travel back in time and remember God’s goodness, His faithfulness. How He spoke to you through song and lyric.
God can use a song again today, to inspire you to take one step you may otherwise be hesitant to make — and open up your journey of faith.
“Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” Psalm 33:3
How has God used worship songs to feed your soul?
Share a worship song that has touched your soul?
(psst… Scroll to the bottom of today’s post to see and hear Paul Baloche sing My Reward.)
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