A few months back, I found a bunch of piano books in the chapel. They were brand new – never been used – and I was just so excited! I played through the songs I knew and had a blast. But I pushed aside the books that I didn’t know. I just didn’t feel like learning new songs at the time.
But one day, I decided to pull these books out and check to see if I knew any of the songs. The books are the band Hillsong. I’d heard of them, but never really listened to them. I started playing the 1st song and fell in love with it! It was a beautiful worship song and I just sat there in the presence of God and sang to Him. The song said, “Every time I close my eyes, I’m filled with awe at all you’ve done. Every time I think on you, I’m grateful for your love.”
I couldn’t wait to get my singing buddy Amanda and teach it to her. Cause she does these amazing things with her voice and I knew she would be beautiful singing it! So I got her – and she was like an angel singing it!
So now I have these 3 Hillsong books, with all new songs I’ve never heard and I am so anxious to learn them all. But what happens is that I learn one song and I get stuck on it. The words are so beautiful and so powerful that I can’t stop singing to Him!
And then, before I know it – it’s time to go back to the dorm and I’ve been singing the same song for an hour! So amazing how we can get lost in His Holy Presence! It’s like I leave this place and join the Heavenly hosts to worship my Lord! WOW! And I know He hears my praise. I know because He told me!
A few weeks ago – it was actually the same Thursday as the concert we had – the same Thursday of some major prayer and fasting – the same day I’ve been talking about for weeks now! Anyways, so I was singing a new song I’d just learned called “Hear My Prayer.” The song ends with the words, “My heart burns.” And I got stuck on repeat on those 4 words.
My goodness – I was burning for Him too! I can’t even explain how much I was yearning for Him that day! It was amazing!
So I emailed my friend about this new song I just learned by Hillsong, and how I got stuck on “My heart burns,” and she sends me back an email with a tweet from Darlene, from Hillsong that was posted the next day. It said “Fire always falls on sacrifice. Be the sacrifice.”
I was like WOAH! Totally for me! Burning for Him! Burning for HIM!!
“And He has put a new song in my mouth. Even praise unto our God!” (Psalm 40:3) PRAISE HIM!!