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A colleague shot this video on his digital camera during worship at my work place last week. That’s me in the maroon salwar singing and clapping like I’m half dead. 😛 Here are the lyrics for this beautiful song:

Your love is amazing, steady and unchanging
Your love is a mountain, firm beneath my feet
Your love is a mystery, how You gently lift me
When I am surrounded, Your love carries meChorus

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Your love makes me sing
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Your love makes me sing

Your love is surprising, I can feel it rising
All the joy that’s growing deep inside of me
Every time I see You, all Your goodness shines through
And I can feel this God song, rising up in me

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I Will Sing

There are times when we aimlessly sing out lyrics to songs we know, not even realizing what we are singing. We sing them because we like the tune or maybe because everyone else is singing and we feel compelled to sing along or we may even be testing our vocal chords. But how often do we really mean the words we sing?

Someone has said that Christians never speak lies, they just sing lies. Is that true of us? I can admit that it’s very true of me a lot of the time. And every time I’m reminded of this fact, I’m ashamed. I mean, it’s so easy to just sing things I don’t really mean and then condemn myself because of it.

But the truth is that God takes the words we sing seriously – and so does the devil, for that matter. Every single time we lift up our voices and even bray in praise, God hears those words. It may be a small whisper from the heart telling Him how much we love him, or it may be a shout of triumph. In whatever form it is, every time we praise Him, we tear down Satan’s strongholds. We invite the presence of the Holy Spirit in our midst and rout the evil around us. We release the power of the Spirit to work in and through us and defeat the works of the devil. There’s healing, there’s peace, there’s joy…

You might think, “Is there so much to a simple song?” There’s that and more! So am I going to stop singing songs of praise to God just because I don’t feel in the mood to or because I feel guilty about not meaning them? No way! Instead I’m going to sing all the more!

In my time of distress I will sing, in my joy I will sing, through my doubts and fears I will sing. And in so singing I win – and Jesus wins!

“I will sing I will praise
Even in my darkest hour
Through the sorrow and the pain
I will sing I will praise
Lift my hands to honor You
Because Your Word is true
I will sing”

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My first worship experience was at the age of thirteen or fourteen when I had no clue what praise and worship was all about. Having been brought up in a Brethren church that does not believe in such things as praise and worship, it was an extraordinary experience for me. I had never until then been at a praise and worship service, much less been taught about the works of The Sprit. All I knew was that I loved to sing and that was it. But the way The Spirit moved in my heart was awesome.

I had stayed back at home on a Sunday morning, as I had become accustomed to doing, because I so loathed going to church. However, I was in the habit of spending my own quiet time, seeking the Lord and reading the Bible. On that particular Sunday I had made up my mind to start a prayer journal simply because I found it very hard to pray, and somewhere I had read that prayer journals are a good way to have a consistent prayer life.

So I took out a new book and began writing out my favorite scripture on the front page – Philippians 4:6, 7. And then I thought I had to add something more about prayer before I began writing down my prayer points… but then a deep conviction gripped my heart that before offering my petitions I ought to first be cleansed in my Spirit.

It was then that I began singing and praying at the same time, tears streaming down my face every now and then (‘cause that is what happens when I am overwhelmed by His presence) and one song lead to another, and every song meant so much… every word was so apt, so powerful that the experience has left a lasting memory in my mind.

Looking back now I realize that I had not been imitating any worship leader or allowing smooth words roll off my lips simply for the effect… but I had truly been worshipping in Spirit and truth… and that is what The Master loves to hear… a sweet sound in His ear… not mere lip service, but a heart that is poured out to Him in surrender…

Since then I have attended other churches, learned to worship and experience His Presence through song. And now to be able to lead worship myself – though not at church, but at my work place – is truly an honor and a privilege. It is good to look back and see how far I’ve come from where I first began. But more especially, what I find important now is not only to offer a pleasing sacrifice unto God (for that is the only priority when we worship individually), but to also minister to the needs of people through worship (for that is the work of a worship leader) and to lead the people to worship at the same time being able to use worship to touch people at their point of need and encourage them – which is the core of my calling.

And O, the joy you get when people come up and tell you how they were moved! Nothing feels better than to know that not only have you been able to touch The Father’s heart, but also that others were able to do the same!

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