Makes Our Hearts Sing

“It’s in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough.  That it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing.” – Steve Jobs at the iPad 2 event 3-2-11

It struck me that he used the phrase “makes our hearts sing.”  This is such spiritual language.  This is, I believe, the cry of the human heart.  That there would be a song in our heart.  It’s even interesting that so many other bloggers, etc. have picked this up and stated using it.

I love that the Scripture speaks about this:

…speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord… -Ephesians 5:19

He has put a new song in my mouth—
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the LORD. -Psalm 40:3

The Lord is the one who gives us the song in our heart…the more I seek Him the more melody I get.

Yours – New Song!

youtube sessions

The sessions are back!  New tunes, covers, etc., etc., from a brand new “studio.” It happens to be my office :). This is a new tune I wrote about missing a certain someone…who might be on a certain TV show…that might be called The Biggest Loser ;).

Download here.  Play here:

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Yours

I am yours, you are mine
We belong to one another
When we hurt our hearts break
We run for cover in one another

BRIDGE
Though you’re far away know you’re never alone
And the night can seem so late
So much left unknown
But we’re at home in our heart’s warm embrace

BRIDGE

I am yours, you are mine
We belong to one another

Late Nights & Early Mornings

Sitting here cold, sleepy, all by myself in the late of the night. This week has been one of not much sleep. It’s been all good stuff, but it can kind of leave you in a haze. Missing my wife Olivia (if you didn’t know she’s a current contestant on NBC’s The Biggest Loser Link) and the simple joy she emanates when I come through the door to find her home. God is doing amazing things in and through her…I’m so excited.

I’m really just checking in before hitting the sack. Sleep will be nice–even if it’s just for a few hours.

Remember today that the Lord hides us in Him. We are hidden with God in Christ. All the battles can rage around us but we are safely resting with Him in that secret place. Find that place. Seek that place.

No one can take it away.

Fave Lyrics

So today is the day for one of my favorite lyrics…

Now the first of December was covered with snow, and so was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston (James Taylor, Sweet Baby James)

Something about that picture, I know exactly how he feels for some reason.  Plus living in Boston for a few years helps :).

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A couple more…

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…He said a good song never comes to those who chase, it comes to those who listen (Darrell Scott, My Father’s House)

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This is my theme for songwriting.  I think it applies to much of life as well.  Even as a believer, I need to quit talking and LISTEN!

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When you walk into the room you know we can’t resist. Every bottle of perfume always ends up on the floor in a mess (John Mark Mcmillan, Dress Us Up)

This is one of favorite worship lyrics of all time.  It references the story of Mary pouring the perfume on Jesus’ feet (John 12:3).  This is one of the purest expressions of worship in Scripture.  This lyric frames it in an entirely new way for me.

No Agenda

Recently I was worshipping and felt that all I was doing was “dumping” my stuff on the Lord.  I think He’s okay with that.  He says, “Come to Me all who are weary…Cast your cares upon Me…”  So “dumping” is often a good thing.  But on this occasion I felt He wanted me to worship Him with no agenda.

Just because He’s great.  Just because of who He is.

As a matter of fact, one way He wins my battles is for me to sit before Him and enjoy Him. Psalm 23:5 says, “You prepare a table before me  in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” An amazing picture of enemies and battle all around me but sitting and feasting on God’s presence.

As I minister to Him, He ministers to me and fights for me.

So as You spend time with Him today, come with no agenda.  Save the prayer list for later (it’s important, too!) and just sit before Him.

You’ll be astounded at what gets accomplished.

It’s What We Do

I was having a conversation yesterday about possible new players for one of our worship teams. The comment was made that this particular person would definitely need us to work with him. It occurred to me at that moment…

It’s what we do.

That’s one of the things that makes the church different from a professional music environment. We work with people. We help them get better. Yes, we want our standard of playing music to get higher, but, at the core, we are about helping people become better musicians and, most importantly, worshippers.

So next time there’s someone who has desire and the glimmer of musical gifting I’m going to remember what we do…

We work with people.