Todays worship post comes from one of our newest additions to the Wesley House worship team. Wesley is totally blessed to be able to be led by first year, Bailey Hacker. Y’all, am I right? It is one of our beliefs as a ministry that you cannot lead people in a direction that you yourself are not going. Bailey is going to the throne room and I am going with her. Today she is leading us, again, through her song of choice right now. I am so excited to hear her heart on this music…I am sure you are too!
“Too often my worship is tamed by the complications and struggles of this world. But I long to be in a place where my fire for God cannot be quenched or washed away, even by the mightiest rivers of opposition.”Matt Redman, Uncquenchable Worshipper
Friends. This has been a crazy time. All that the news seems to be covering is our lack of control, the fear of the unknown, and the grave uncertainty of our everyday lives. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been incredibly discouraged by this. Thankfully, we have God who hears our cries and offers us a hand of peace, of healing, and of REVIVAL.
Worship is one of the ways we can do our part in accepting this hand He offers. Over the past 8 or so months through leading at Wesley, I have been learning so much about worship. From witnessing you all, from conversations with Sarah, from Corbin’s leadership, my understanding has been challenged and therefore deepened. Most specifically, I’m learning something really special happens to our worship when we are overwhelmed by the troubles of our world, but we are even more overwhelmed by the faithfulness and beauty of God. Something works in us when we are able to declare God’s goodness in the midst of our deep trouble. One of the songs that consistently propels me into this feeling is God of Revival by Bethel Music.
The song starts by declaring the ways we have already seen God take brokenness and evolve it into beauty. We have already seen God break chains, tear down prison walls, walk through the fire alongside us, WE KNOW HOW THIS STORY ENDS. He has already won this war. The chorus sings,
The darkest night, You can light it up, You can light it up, God of revival, Let hope arise
Two things to note here. Not just a dark night. Not just a really dark night. The DARKEST night, our God can bring light to. Our current season feels like a really dark night, but how relieving that we can rejoice in a God who can revive it! Second thing, “let hope arise”. This one is difficult, but we are called to not just a blind “I guess since I can’t do anything about it, I’ll give it to the Lord” faith, but rather a hopeful, active, trusting faith in which we are choosing to surrender our worries and need for control.
It’s what we often see in the Word! We see it in Jonah, the literal belly of the whale, seemingly lowest of the low, but have you ever thought about how much worse it would have been if Jonah were instead stuck in the violence of a raging sea? Reason to rejoice. We see it in Habakkuk where he prays,
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” (Habakkuk 3:17-18)
Times of ease and joy in our lives often bring us into beautiful, intimate, tangible times of worship. It’s less often that times of pain, suffering, and fear do the same. But if we can follow Habakkuk’s example of rejoicing in the unknown seasons, we can significantly deepen our encounters with the Lord.
The next verse holds my favorite line of the whole song. It goes,
“So why should my heart fear what You’ve defeated? I will trust in You alone”
Alongside being my favorite line in the song, it’s the hardest one for me to sing. It spurs the questioning of the roots of our doubt. If I believe God is as good as He shows He is, where are the cracks in my faith that are causing me to worry? I also love the immediate declaration of trusting in God following this questioning.
The bridge. THE BRIDGE! A call, a cry, an invitation, a prayer of surrender of circumstance to allow God to move here.
“Come awaken Your people, come awaken Your city, oh God of revival, pour it out, pour it out.
Every stronghold will crumble, hear the chains hit the ground, oh God of revival, pour it out, pour it out”
This part of the song makes me think of Wesley, of you all. It makes me think of the rising generation of fierce disciples, radical worshippers, and hopeful prayer warriors who are hungry for an encounter with the Holy Spirit. Not only is this a call upon the Lord, but it’s a declaration of belief that He will move! I love it I love it I love it!!!
As we continue on in this non-conventional environment, I pray this song reaches you as deeply and personally as it has reached me. I pray that we can use this season of brokenness to refocus our faith and that we can receive the peace God has to offer us.
Love you all.