Won’t You Revive Us Again?

The purpose of revival is transformation. The purpose of transformation is the glory of God. The glory of God is His pure love being revealed and  released … everywhere. 

Revival is not an end in itself. When a person or people are revived, they are awakened or enlivened from a place of dullness or even deadness. They “come back to life”, only much better.

Now that’s a great reason to celebrate and rejoice!

Won’t you revive as again, so you people can rejoice in you? Psalm 85:6

 

About These #SUNRISE #WORSHIP QUOTES: A daily “worship ritual” I practice is to listen to The Daily Audio Bible podcast, take a photo of the morning sky, find a meaningful scripture or quote (usually from the DAB), and share it on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. Please comment and share! The Lord bless you.

Christmas Album UPDATE:

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One Day In The House of The Lord Beats Anywhere Else

Better Is One Day Oct 14 Sunrise

The presence of God is His beautiful place. Once you’ve genuinely experienced it, nothing else on earth compares. The presence of God is where we find real peace of mind and joy of heart.

The authentic presence of God is both healing and exhilerating.  This is what inspired Psalmist to pen these lyrics from Psalm 84:10

One day spent in the house of the Lord, His beautiful place of worship, beats a thousand anywhere else.

I’d rather scrub floors in the house of my God than to be honored as a guest in the palace of sin.

(My paraphrase of The Message translation.)

Christmas Album UPDATE:

I’ve been working all year on a new Christmas album (c0ming out in November). We’re in the final stages of mix/edit right now.  And I’ll have some new devotional resources to go along with it. Sign up to get early previews, exclusive bonuses and stay updated!


32 Years of Making Beautiful Music … Together

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Back in the day …

On October 2, Ivalene and I celebrated our 32 wedding anniversary. Yee-haw! 32 Years of making beautiful music … together.

We met in the Music Department of Salisbury State College, now Salisbury University. (Go Seagulls!)  She was the perfect girlfriend – beautiful, musical and she could play my theory homework on the piano.

After we graduated we started a music duo and played in clubs, restaurants, yacht clubs, wedding receptions – you name it –  all over the Eastern Shore. It was a great life.

We moved to Nashville 29 years ago to start a new season, and it’s been a great adventure! Kids, business, cancer, ministry. But that’s another story for another day.

We’re still making music together, traveling on missions trips, and directing the music programs at HFUMC. It’s still a great life, though not without a great deal of challenges. And that’s yet a different story for different day.

We’re happy!

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We’re Happy!

Coming Attractions: New Heavens, New Earth

I am creating new heavens

    and a new earth;

everything of the past

    will be forgotten.

Celebrate and be glad forever!

I am creating a Jerusalem,

    full of happy people.

I will celebrate with Jerusalem

    and all of its people;

there will be no more crying

    or sorrow in that city.

Isaiah 65:17-19

In worship, we remember the past and anticipate the future.

Jesus is coming back. There will be a wedding celebration.

Believers have a wonderful future to look forward to.

The High and Lofty One Revives The Courage of Crushed, Repentant Hearts

SUNRISE IS 57:15

My heart is greatly encouraged by two theological insights from this passage in Isaiah.

First, that God is transcendent, He is the “High and Lofty One who dwells in eternity”.

Yet he He is also immanent and deeply cares about you and me. He is not so highly exalted that he ignores our brokenness.

Second, that if the fruit of our being broken and crushed is a contrite and repentant attitude – rather that say, being bitter and resentful – then God empowers us by restoring and reviving our spirit.

“I am here to help… “

The power of the high and Holy one to restore and revive is pretty awesome indeed.

Hope in God.

For this is what the high and exalted One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. Isaiah 57:15

About This Series: A daily “worship ritual” I practice is to listen to The Daily Audio Bible podcast, take a photo of the morning sky, find a meaningful scripture or quote (usually from the DAB), and share it on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. Please comment and share! The Lord bless you.

Sing Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs

Sing psalms, hymns, spiritual songs.

There are many ways to express adoration to God. In this Ephesians passage, Paul instructs followers of Jesus to “be filled with the Spirit” by offering musical worship in the same spirit that king David demonstrated by example.

Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.  And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:18-19

About This Series: A daily “worship ritual” I practice is to listen to The Daily Audio Bible podcast, take a photo of the morning sky, find a meaningful scripture or quote (usually from the DAB), and share it on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter. Please comment and share! The Lord bless you.

Only God Can Make Us Strong

Sunrise 9-16-14 Only God Can Make Us Strong Psalm 60:12

Another beautiful sunrise in middle Tennessee!

Only God …

When we do God’s work, God’s way – then it is the hand of the Lord that does the heavy lifting. The New King James translates Psalm 60:12 this way:

Through God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies. 

It is not by human efforts that we overcome, but by trusting in, calling on, and relying upon “Yehovah Tsaba”  – The Lord of Hosts, The God of Angel Armies (Isaiah 22, Psalm 148).

There is a spiritual war going on, but it can not be won by human means. It must be won by aligning your spirit with the Spirit of God.

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

 

I Will Lift My Voice To Sing Your Praise

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I will lift my voice to sing Your praise, O my Strength—for You came to my defense.O God, You have shown me Your loving mercy. Psalm 59:17 I

Worship Insight:

Our only hope for protection and deliverance in this dark and evil world is The Lord My Strength.

In his circumstance of extreme distress, David chose to lift his voice, to sing praise to God.

Worship not only expresses trust, it builds up your faith, your “inner man”. By faith, we thank God for what He has done, is doing now, and is going to do.

The Earth Is Full of His Glory

Sunrise 9-10-14 Isaiah 6:3

Isaiah’s Commission

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
    the whole earth is full of his glory.”

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips,and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Isaiah 6:1-8 (NIV)

Worship Insight

The vision described in Isaiah 6 is a seminal passage of heavenly worship.  It is a Theophany - an appearance of God. [from 2 Greek words, theo="God" + Phaneo= "appearance"= "Theophany"].

The Lord is calling Isaiah to a longterm, strategic prophetic mission. His divine encounter with the Almighty God will forever humble and sustain Isaiah through the difficult assignment ahead.

Isaiah’s calling was unique. But so is yours and mine. The same God calls us today to share His message.

Will your response be “Here I am. Send me” ?

About This Series: A daily “worship ritual” I practice is to listen to The Daily Audio Bible podcast, take a photo of the morning sky, find a meaningful scripture or quote (usually from the DAB), and share it on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter.

In this series of  blog posts, I go a little deeper and share a worship related  devotional thought. Please comment and share! The Lord bless you.

HIs Banner Over Us Is Love

His Banner Over Me Is Love, Song of Solomon 2:4

He has brought me to the banquet hall;
        his banner raised over me is love. 

Song of Solomon 2:4 (CEV & NIV)

Today in the DAB we began the Song of Solomon. Penned by King Solomon and also known as the “Song of Songs”, it can be understood through various lenses – expressing initmacy between two lovers; an expression of God’s passionate love for Israel; and/or Christ’s passionate love for His bride, the church.

Worship Insight

In corporate worship we often focus on the transcendent attributes of God as majestic, holy, “high and lifted up”.

These sections of scripture also affirm God’s attributes of imminence – His passionate desire for personal, relational intimacy with you and me.

“His Banner” is a symbol of God’s loving protection.

So, revere God, but don’t be “afraid” of Him. Draw near to Him, come close to Him.

About This Series: A daily “worship ritual” I practice is to listen to The Daily Audio Bible podcast, take a photo of the morning sky, find a meaningful scripture or quote (usually from the DAB), and share it on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter.

In this series of  blog posts, I go a little deeper and share a worship related  devotional thought. Please comment and share! The Lord bless you.