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Soon I Can Praise You Face-to-Face

Lord Jesus, you took on my humanity and were born just like me. You honored the human race by living among us and as one of us. You offered your body on the cross, were buried like us, and rose again not only in spirit but in body too. 

When you ascended into heaven, you brought your body with you! You took our humanity to the very throne room of heaven. You are now bonded to us into eternity. We praise you and worship you! We are honored by your total commitment to the rescue of the human race. 

As for me, I can live joyfully and confidently because you have guaranteed my ultimate victory over death, grave, and hell. I can bear anything, undergo any hardship, absorb any sorrow, face any satanic attack, or endure any loss when I know that I will soon be with you. 

I’m not worried about what I will leave behind here on this earth. You will replace it all and give me much more. But my greatest treasure in heaven, Lord Jesus, is you. I can’t wait to see you face-to-face. I am eager to give you my love and worship in person. “And I–in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness” (Psalm 17:15). 

Come soon, Lord Jesus.

Psalm 17:15 

“Because I am righteous, I will see you. When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.”

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New Beginnings

Tonight marks a new chapter for me in my walk with Christ. After being involved with the same church for several years in different capacities, including leading worship, I begin serving with the worship team at our new church. It is exciting, yet it is also a little scary.

I will be meeting all the members formally tonight for the first time. And I will also be doing a short testimony and devotional time prior to their rehearsal. This is not something that is new to me. However, with everything that has taken place over the past few weeks, and with this being the first new church for me in about 8 years, it creates some anxiety.

The good news though is that at this juncture in my life I know without a doubt that God is on control. By trusting in him everything I say and do from this point forward will be guided by his hand. God does not fail.

Psalm 34:1-3

(1) I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. (2) My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. (3) Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.

How can there be fear in talking about what God has done and is doing in our lives? It is our purpose as Christians to serve the master in this was as often as we possibly can. I have studied, prayed, and spent the time to learn how to properly praise and worship the Lord our God. It is time for me to share that with others. And as I put that into the proper prospective, and pray over it as the time soon approaches, the anxiety turns to excitement.

Yes, I am excited to share what God has given me. I want the world to understand more about how to have a relationship with him. I pray he uses me in a mighty way today as I share with this group of young people.

 

You Wouldn’t Know It To Look At Me

Throughout my entire life, as far back as I can remember anyway, music has been in me. I remember sittting in the front seat of my Uncle’s 66 model Oldsmoble Jetstar 88 (before there were child seat and seat belt laws) and listening to the Beatles singing “Penny Lane” on the AM radio and just singing as loud as I could to everyone elses displeasure.

Not much has changed. I still ride down the road today with the radio blasting and singing at the top of my lungs. The only difference now is that I sing Christian Music instead of the stuff I used to listen to. Gone are the days of Led Zepplin, Aerosmith, Bachman Turner Overdrive, and of course, KISS.

During the course of my musical journey I have been blessed with the good graces to be able to sample many styles and forms of music. From Reggae to Calypso. From Rock to Country. From Electric Jazz to Classical. Many of these styles have helped formulate the eclectic taste I have today. Blues, R&B, and even whatever it is you classify “Pink Floyd” as. (It is my most sinful indulgence)

So here I am at 50 years old. What would you think my Christian music taste would be? Give up? How about Christian Metal, Rap, Christian Rock, Christian Folk, and some Gospel R&B. If you were to hear what is on my IPOD you would trip out!

 

Some examples:

  • Chris Tomlin
  • David Crowder
  • The Afters
  • Switchfoot
  • Toby Mac
  • Decemberadio
  • Pillar
  • Todd Agnew
  • Tenth Avenue North
  • Skillet
  • Starfield
  • Newsboys
  • Mathew West
  • Big Daddy Weave
  • KJ52
  • Lincoln Brewster
  • Jeremy Camp
  • Hawk Nelson
  • Aaron Shust
  • Hyperstatic Union
  • Disciple
  • Kirk Franklin

If you don’t know who these people are just go to I-Tunes and check out some samples. My taste in music hasn’t changed, just the brand. I serve a Great Big God. I want to Worship him in as many ways and forms as possible. His Praises should come from all over creation. I don’t limit my ears and voice. I will bless the Lord at all times. His name shall be in my mouth.

So, What’s on your IPOD? What are you listening to? If not Christian music, then what? Please comment.

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