Worship Re-Orients My Thinking

Advent, Week 1, Day 3

When I was struggling to survive during the Christmas season, the traditional music of the holidays didn’t always comfort me.  I could enjoy the music for a while, but eventually, the songs began to blend together into the “wah, wah, wah” of a Charlie Brown movie short, as my aching soul longed for a life raft, not a Christmas Party.

So, every Wednesday during the 4 weeks leading up to Christmas, I will share one or two You Tube selections that will hopefully throw out a life raft in the form of a song to re-orient our thinking from how we you are feeling, to who Jesus is.

“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” Philipians 4:8-9

When Norman’s cancer, or later my being alone were my quickest thoughts, I played the Christian radio station almost constantly.  At moments when I needed it most, the song playing would come to the forfront of my awareness, and God would use it in a most specific way that very moment.  It happened over and over again.

Below you will find a song to redirect thoughts of “I’m not accepted, to I am embraced by the Prince of Peace”.  Click on the link to hear the song on You Tube.  Below are the lyrics, should you wish to ponder them throughout the rest of the week.

Prince of Peace, by Hillsong

My heart a storm, clouds raging deep within
The Prince of peace came bursting through the wind
The violent sky held its breath
And in Your light I found rest

Tearing through the night
Riding on the storm
Staring down the fight
My eyes found Yours
Shining like the sun
Striding through my fear
The Prince of peace met me there

You heard my prayer

Hope like the sunlight piercing through the dark
The Prince of peace came and broke into my heart
The violent cross, the empty grave
And in Your light I found grace

Tearing through the night
Riding on the storm
Staring down the fight
My eyes found Yours
Shining like the sun
Striding through my fear
The Prince of peace met me there

You’re always there
And You hear my prayer

Your love surrounds me when my thoughts wage war
When night screams terror, there Your voice will roar
Come death or shadow, God I know Your light will meet me there

When fear comes knocking, there You’ll be my guard
When day breeds trouble, there You’ll hold my heart
Come storm or battle, God I know Your peace will meet me there

Again and again
Oh, be still my heart
I know that You are God

Oh, fear no evil
For I know You are here

And my soul will know Your love surrounds me when my thoughts wage war
When night screams terror, there Your voice will roar
Come death or shadow, God I know Your light will meet me there

And my soul will know When fear comes knocking, there You’ll be my guard
When day breeds trouble, there You’ll hold my heart
Come storm or battle, God I know Your peace will meet me there

Oh, be still my heart
And my soul will ever know that You are God
And You heard my prayer

Songwriters: Dylan Thomas, Joel Houston, Matt Crocker
© CAPITOL CHRISTIAN MUSIC GROUP
For non-commercial use only.
Data from: LyricFind
With love and prayers,
Robin ❤

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