Remember the Mary Mary classic “Shackles?”
I could never listen to that and not dance or sing or shout at the top of my lungs… Sang it en route from work today.
For the first time I thought about what I was singing. Just in case you have no idea what I’m on about here are the lyrics to the first verse – the lyrics that hit me.
“In the corners of mind
I just can’t seem to find a reason to believe
That I can break free
Cause you see I have been down for so long
Feel like the hope is gone
But as I lift my hands, I understand
That I should praise you through my
And yes I was dancing across the square as I made my way to the station but at the same time I had this nagging thought, “How badly bond must someone be to get to that point where you don’t believe you can break free.” Yet many people are in bonds, shackled, with no reason to believe that they can be free.
Then I remembered how Paul and Silas sang hymns in jail and while they sang there was an earthquake and their shackles unfastened (Acts 16:25-26). They were just singing hymns like my mom does when she’s cleaning. No warfare. No rebuking the enemy just singing hymns and talking to the Father. But doesn’t the psalmist say that He inhabits the praises of His people? No wonder!
My heart breaks for those who feel hopeless tonight. Father I pray for your children who are in bonds and see no reason to believe that they can be freed. Send Your word into their lives and shine Your light. Write a song on their hearts. A new song for their soul to sing. In Jesus Name Amen.
For as long as I may live
I’ll worship You my King
And as long as my lips can move
Your praises I will sing.
As long as the sun may rise
and set in the eve
I will bless Your name oh, God.
For You are holy
and worthy of all praise.
Yes, You are holy
and we glorify Your name.
From today and even through eternity
we will magnify Your name oh, God.
With Love from the Vineyard,
It is almost midnight in South Africa and I’m cleaning my room. A lot of books and papers that I’ve held onto are taking up space. But I have found some of my old journals. So I’ll be posting some lyrics shortly… Brace yourself.
With Love from the Vineyard,
Around this time last year we were restructuring our plans for the Amped 4 Christ Youth Camp. I had this thing against “popular” scriptures like Jeremiah 29:11. This one day I prepared devotions for a planing meeting and lo and behold Jeremiah 29:11 it was.
And I suppose that verse has been an anchor for me this past year. See it was a reminder to the Israeli exiles in Babylon that their Lord is in control. So often while we wait for the promise to be fulfilled we get despondent, we want to give up, we listen to other voices and we think maybe the Lord changed His mind.
And then He comes and he reassures His people “I know the plans I have for you.” He declares it. And this year I’ve had to remember that He knows the plans He has for me. He knows why He created me and the potential that is within me. He knows. And if He knows than it should be okay even if I don’t. I should be okay with the mystery because His plans are good, pleasing and perfect. So instead of worrying about how be fruitful in the now and praise Him where you are. It may be in the fire, in the water, on the mountain , in the valley. Praise Him and worry not what the next 5 years hold – He knows.
With love from the vineyard,