What a way to start a year! When we first began kicking around the idea of the THIRSTY message series and devotional blog, we weren’t sure what would happen. We can honestly say even we have been surprised at how incredible it has been. The graciousness and generosity of each guest blogger, leaders in their own right, humbled us. Seeing so many people engage with this content and share how it blessed them excited us. And God’s truth about leaning on Him as the Well Who never runs dry –that challenged us. Our prayer is that you will continue to be encouraged as you set your focus and your faith for 2014.
Along with that prayer, we hope you’ll be encouraged by this THIRSTY playlist. We had some wonderful worship leaders contribute to our devotional blog this month. We asked them for songs that quench their THIRST, and to share a little about what the song means to them. And we threw in a few of our own! Enjoy!
THRISTY PLAY LIST
My song would be “Back To The Start” – the Martin Smith version on his “God’s Great Dance Floor” record.
When I was in high school, I absolutely devoured every song that Deliriou? produced. It started with the Cutting Edge records, which I still go back and listen to from time to time. Their music revolutionized my understanding of worship, and marked some really important moments in my growth as a young believer.
A few months ago, I stumbled upon this song almost by accident. I had heard the more upbeat version of “God’s Great Dance Floor” already, but for some reason when I heard the opening lines of Martin’s more contemplative version, I found myself transported back to my high school days. Every time I listen to this song, I feel as though I’m asking God to take me back to those moments where I sensed His presence so profoundly. Those were days when I believed anything was possible, when I was willing to give up everything to follow hard after God, and I desperately need that kind of faith today.
I’d say ‘Sun’ by Sleeping At Last. This song stirs up my imagination and makes me think about what God is like and that makes me want to know him more!
I couldn’t list just one song! Sorry. I don’t know how it’s even possible for a musician to pick one song that encompasses his or her thoughts/emotions. So I narrowed it to 2, and that is a small miracle.
First, a beautiful ballad by my longtime friend, Ronnie Freeman. It’s called Come To The River. I love that it’s an invitation for the weak at heart. It’s just lovely anyway because his voice is like an angel’s, and the piano and melody carry the lyric perfectly. But it’s like a warm blanket for me when I need to just breathe and rest in Jesus’ sufficiency.
Secondly, When You Praise by Fred Hammond. I have loved this song since the first time I heard it back in 2000. It goes back to my gospel choir upbringing. There’s nothing like a good choir encouraging you to praise and singing about the benefits of making much of Jesus in the midst of hardship. I can’t listen to this song without first crying, and then inevitably shouting it at the top of my lungs.
This is my favorite part of the song “Only A Man”
(And He said, “What will it be now
Will you choose Me
Or keep swimming
“I’ve been inside your head, hearing you scream out
Well, here I am, just take my hand
And I’ll take out all of the pain
And all of the fear, all of the fear”)
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in this very position where I just wanted to scream. So this reminds me that I have someone to turn to in the middle of the storm.
It’s the chorus of “Let Go and Let God” that gets me every time I listen to it.
Chorus: As soon as i stopped worrying, worrying how the story ends. I let go and I let God, let God have his way. Thats when things start happening, when I stopped looking at back then, I let go and I let God, let God have his way.
Creative people tend to be a bit more emotional when things are not going well. This is my reminder that I cannot control everything that happens. It’s my reminder to really lean in and trust God for a great outcome.
A few songs that weren’t available in Spotify, but also make our list: