What a wonderful encouragement this song has been to me (Kristin). God, the Creator of the Universe - the UNIVERSE! - knows us so intimately (Psalm 139). Can you believe that? Sometimes I forget how incredible it is. I hope you are encouraged by this truth today!
I'm going to be honest -- I've had a hard time coming up with something to write for this post. I mean, these words above and the words in this song basically speak for themselves. Jesus is everything! Jesus is everything to me and everything I need. He came and died for me, for you, for everyone. God has been showing me over and over again this week just how unworthy I am. I don't deserve his most perfect love and grace. I'm so imperfect, but through that imperfection I'm seeing and understanding that love in such a real and true way. Friends, he is the light in this dark world, he is the hope to the hopeless, and he is everything we could ever need or want. For there is no sweeter name than the name of Jesus! :)
Song: No Sweeter Name
Artist: Kari Jobe
Album: Kari Jobe
When I hired my intern little did I know I was hiring such a talented lady. Not only does Kristin have an eye for all things creative but she also has a beautiful voice. It's seriously a God given talent. The first time I heard this song I was almost in tears. Seriously! I'm so excited to have this week's lyric & song be by my fabulous intern Kristin! Lucky you, you'll be getting a little behind the music right here on the blog by the artist herself! :)
I wrote this song based on the following two passages of the Bible: Luke 17:7-10 and Luke 7:36-50. I was a member of an artists community in college, and one of our challenges at the end of the semester was to produce art based on the Luke 17 passage. Out of that passage I was led to Luke 7 and the story of the woman who anointed Jesus at the house of a Pharisee. What a captivating story -- this woman, who is introduced as a sinner, seeks out Jesus...why? I would like to think that she had heard much about him and not only his mighty deeds, but also the forgiveness he extended to sinners. She was aware of her own sin, and she needed mercy, she needed grace, she needed Jesus.
Too often I walk around feeling so entitled, so unaware of the mercy and grace I've been extended, as if I have done something to merit my salvation. Have I? No. Not one bit. I am unworthy. I am this woman, the sinner who is also in desperate need of the forgiveness of Christ.
This song is the recognition of that need and of the undeserved love of Jesus poured out on me. He came into the world to save sinners, so in response I take the posture of the Luke 7 woman, and worship the Worthy One.
P.S. Shout out to my cousin, David Schroder, for the amazing production of this song!
Everything that happened this past week is difficult to put into words. For those of us who live in Boston, I don't believe we will ever forget where we were, what we felt, and the questions we asked. We had no choice but to face the reality that our world is broken and hurting. Every day felt heavy.
Yet every day, the song below was played on repeat wherever I went, because I needed reminding of the hope I have. I needed to cling to truth and the promise that God works all things for good, even though it's difficult to see at the moment how that actually works. Joseph from the Bible faced many hardships in his lifetime, yet he says this to those (i.e. his very own brothers) who inflicted suffering, "As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good..." (Genesis 50:20). Joseph believed and understood that God doesn't waste anything, not even the most painful trials of life.
The lyrics above were sung over and over again last week, at the top of my lungs and as a prayer over our city. I am learning, like Joseph, that God wastes nothing, and he always, ALWAYS, works everything out for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). He is a promise keeper and he reigns forever. This is how we find hope in the midst of tragedy, and I will wait patiently to see how He does it in Boston.
Song: Nothing Is Wasted
Artist: Elevation Worship
Album: Nothing Is Wasted