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Thursday, November 01, 2007


rise


I know what I'm supposed to be doing right now. And I'll get to it. I'll pull my eyes from those ceiling beams, and the sunlight that has spread like warm buttercream over that tiny triangle of wall near the window. I'll open a document and switch to something mindless, an instrumental playlist that will stay politely in the background of my thoughts--so unlike this praise song that has my heart drifting toward heaven.

This song is my song right now. For weeks--maybe months now--it's the song I keep returning to, again and over again, when I miss God and want to tug on His sleeve. Paul Baloche has put it all to music for me. And when I hear it, I ache. It's the ache of missing the one you love the most. My longing fills this library, and while the people here are wandering past one another with heads down or heads in books or heads scanning the spines of all these endless rows of endless volumes, I want to look up. I want my praise to rise, and keep rising ... till it finds its way home.

As morning dawns and evening fades
You inspire songs of praise
That rise from earth
To touch Your heart
And glorify Your name

Your name is a strong and mighty tower
Your name is a shelter like no other
Your name
Let the nations sing it louder
'Cause nothing has the power to save
But Your name

Jesus in Your name we pray
Come and fill our hearts today
Lord, give us strength to live for You
And glorify Your name

Your name is a strong and mighty tower
Your name is a shelter like no other
Your name
Let the nations sign it louder
'Cause nothing has the power to save
But Your name

Jesus, Jesus
Your name ... Jesus
Give me strength for another day
There's healing in Your name
Salvation in Your name
Oh, there's comfort in Your name
There is joy in Your name
Tender mercies in Your name
There's no other name
No other name
Jesus


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5 Comment:

At 11/01/2007 8:10 PM, Blogger Cora had this to say ...

What an awesome song (a great video).

I loved at the end when all the names of Jesus were going by. I just sat and read them and reflected on each one.

I read this after dinner tonight and what a great ending to a day when I received a lot of crazy news.

Thanks, Shannon, for reminding me who is in control.

 
At 11/01/2007 11:24 PM, Blogger Kari had this to say ...

I think I'll head off to bed now with this song in my mind (and heart). I've been dealing with some heavy stuff recently and this was a balm to my soul. Thanks for taking time to share this song with me.

 
At 11/02/2007 11:42 AM, Blogger Heather@Mommymonk had this to say ...

I love this song - and the reminder of the power in the Name!

 
At 11/05/2007 12:50 PM, Blogger Kim had this to say ...

Beautiful post.
Love the new profile pic. :)

 
At 11/06/2007 9:46 PM, Blogger Nancy had this to say ...

Thanks Shan for putting the video here, I really needed to hear that.

 

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