Category Archives: Music and Lyrics

Off The Playlist – Glorious Ruins


Glorious Ruins is one of my favourite songs from the Hillsong 2013 album of the same name. The first time I heard this song, it shook me to my core.
There is nothing/no one too ruined that God cannot transform. I know we hear things like this all the time but let it really sink in. What area of your life do you think is beyond repair? How damaged do you feel? Think about it. I’m not talking about the mess that you feel you can wipe away with a little prayer and a few drops of the blood. I mean the secrets that you’ve buried in the deepest, darkest recesses of your heart. That part you don’t remember until you’re lying alone in the dark. That story that no one else knows. The hurt that you feel even God cannot understand. Yeah, that one. From that lowest of the low where you’ve sunk to, allow God reach you right there. He sees, He knows. He wants to bring beauty out of those very same ashes. He wants to make the ruins glorious. He wants to show forth His glory through those scars. He wants you to experience His love right there in the filth, so you too can sing, “I will love You forever…”

When the mountains fall
And the tempest roars You are with me
When creation folds
Still my soul will soar on Your mercy

I’ll walk through the fire
With my head lifted high
And my spirit revived in Your story
And I’ll look to the cross
As my failure is lost
In the light of Your glorious grace

Let the ruins come to life
In the beauty of Your Name
Rising up from the ashes
God forever You reign

And my soul will find refuge
In the shadow of Your wings
I will love You forever
And forever I’ll sing

When the world caves in
Still my hope will cling to Your promise
Where my courage ends
Let my heart find strength in Your presence

I’ll walk through the fire
With my head lifted high
And my spirit revived in Your story
And I’ll look to the cross
As my failure is lost
In the light of Your glorious grace

Let the ruins come to life
In the beauty of Your Name
Rising up from the ashes
God forever You reign

And my soul will find refuge
In the shadow of Your wings
I will love You forever
And forever I’ll sing

I really didn’t plan to post anything today but this song came up on my playlist as I was praying this morning, and I had the same experience like I did the first time I heard it. It can never get too dark for God’s light to shine through. He’s right here, even in the ruins. And He makes all things beautiful… Rising from the ashes… Glorious!

Advertisements

Off The Playlist – Oceans


It’s been a while since I shared music here…
I don’t need to talk about my love for Hillsong United again so I’ll just get right to it. This song is from their 2013 album, Zion and is my favourite off it. The reason is in the lyrics (of course). You listen to this song and no matter how depressed or low you feel, you’re pumped to stretch your faith a little more, knowing that your feet may fail you but God calls you still to walk upon waters. This song makes me lift my hands in surrender to Abba’s will, irrespective of how frightening it may be. My confidence is in my Abba’s ability to sustain me, so I’ll move when He bids me come. I won’t be moved by the strength of the waves, or give in to the fear that tries to creep into my heart. I know that my feet will fail me on this road upon which He calls me, but I’m leaning on Him to lead me to a place where only He can keep me.

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong United

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Saviour

I will call upon Your Name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

This song is one of my theme songs for 2014, for the road I am about to travel, the path I am about to take. I am confident that He’s with me and that I can call out to Him for strength whenever my heart is overwhelmed.

Off The Playlist – Any Other Way


Tenth Avenue North is an American Christian Contemporary Band I fell in love with when I first heard their song By Your Side from the Over and Underneath album. I honestly don’t know anyone who’s heard that song and didn’t fall in love with it (this is my way of saying if you haven’t heard it, you should!). Today, I’m not talking about By Your Side though, this post is about another song from a completely different album by the same awesome band.
Any Other Way is from the 2010 album, The Light Meets The Dark. I plan to share my thoughts on the song like I usually do, but I read something written by lead vocalist Mike Donehey, about one of the songs (Healing Begins) from the album that I think encapsulates the theme of the entire album and I’d like to share…
“On this record I really tried to be honest about how messed up I am. We wanted it to be a collision between our hearts and God’s truth. His grace collides with the dark inside of us. His blood can cover us and I’m trying to call people out and say ‘Look, please do not hide your darkness. Expose that to the light.’ I know that’s the scariest thought, but its where freedom and healing starts to take place. It’s where it all starts to happen.”

Any Other Way – Tenth Avenue North

Don’t say goodbye, don’t say hello
We’re just standing on the surface
Don’t say alright, don’t say I know
I promise it’s not worth it

I just want to know who you are
Even if you’re falling apart
Reach in and touch your scars
All the shame you’ve kept in your heart

Cause it’s not enough
It’s not enough
Just to say that you’re okay
I need your hurt, I need your pain
It’s not love any other way

Let’s not pretend, stop your parade
Trying to convince me
That you’re alright and everything’s okay
Yet, do you even know me?

Cause I already know who you are
And all the things that kept us apart
So reach in and touch My scars
And know the price I paid for your heart

It’s not enough, it’s not enough
Just to say that you’re okay
I need your hurt, I need your pain
It’s not love any other way

A broken and contrite heart I will not despise
Come as you are and I won’t close my eyes
I won’t close my eyes…

Cause it’s not enough, it’s not enough
Just to say that you’re okay
You needed My hurt, you needed My pain
It’s not love any other way

When I made the decision to get serious with God, one of the things I really wanted was to be completely honest with Him. It’s the major reason I started writing letters to Him because I find it easier to put my thoughts down in writing than actually speak them. Honest-to-God. You really can’t claim to love someone if you can’t be open with them, if you don’t trust them with the real you. The reason God calls us to a place where we can be open with Him is not because He doesn’t already know us, He is after all Omniscient, it’s because He wants us to trust Him enough to show the parts of us we’ve carefully kept well hidden.
God is very much interested in what’s in the deepest, darkest recesses of your heart. I personally believe that David was a man after God’s heart not just because he wrote Psalms of praise, but because he could be totally vulnerable, open, and honest with God. There was no pretence.
In a world where we are so used to saying “I’m fine” when someone asks how we are, God is seeking men (and women of course) who will break it all down… People who are not afraid to be broken before their Maker. People who trust Him enough to expose not just their hurt and pains, but also their shame. People who will lift up their hands in worship and in surrender.
This song is a reminder that there’s one place I don’t have to mask my feelings, and that’s in the arms of my Abba.

Off The Playlist – Shadowfeet


I’ve said that 2013 has been somewhat difficult for me… I won’t go into details of all that’s gone wrong, that’s not the purpose of this post. What’s amazing about my life now is that I’m still standing. I’m not talking about just stumbling around, unsure of the future but somehow just being alive. No. I mean I’m STANDING. All 5′ 10″ of me, and then some. I’m smiling. I’m beyond hopeful. I may not have seen the future, but I’m not unsure.
I know that I’m not this strong. Someone much bigger than me is holding me up. I’ve lost things this year that I thought I wouldn’t survive without. I’ve had dreams slip from my fingers. I’ve been in situations where it felt like I’d gone twenty steps backwards for every one step taken forward. I’ve cried. Wept. I’ve been broken. Yet, I’m standing. I don’t understand it myself.
I’ll forever be grateful for my Abba. For how He found me and has continued to love me and hide me in Him. It’s in Him I find myself still standing. It’s in Him I move and have my being. It’s His love that holds me. It’s His truth that shows me I’ll be alright. It’s Him that reveals that this is beyond me. My shadowfeet has found perfect ground in Him.
Brooke Fraser’s Shadowfeet is the song for this moment. Enjoy…

SHADOWFEET – Brooke Fraser
Walking, stumbling on these shadowfeet
towards home, a land that i’ve never seen
I am changing; less and less asleep
made of different stuff than when i began
And I’ve sensed it all along
fast approaching is the day

[CHORUS:]
when the world has fallen out from under me
I’ll be found in you, still standing
When the sky rolls up and the mountains fall on their knees
when time and space are through
I’ll be found in you

There’s distraction buzzing in my head
saying in the shadows it’s easier to stay
but I’ve heard rumours of true reality
whispers of a well-lit way

[CHORUS]

You make all things new

[CHORUS]

[CHORUS 2:]
When the world has fallen out from under me
I’ll be found in you, still standing
Every fear and accusation under my feet
when time and space are through
I’ll be found in you

See video here.

P.S. I haven’t had the chance to gush about the awesomeness that is the amazing Brooke Fraser here. Lawd, don’t get me started. You know what’s even more intriguing (at least to me), she’s also a worship leader at Hillsong. And y’all know I love me some Hillsong! Lady can do no wrong in my eyes (and ears!)

Off The Playlist – With Everything


With Everything ~ Hillsong

Open our eyes
To see the things that make Your heart cry
To be the church that You would desire
Your light to be seen

Break down our pride
And all the walls we’ve built up inside
Our earthly crowns and all our desires
We lay at Your feet

So let hope rise and darkness tremble
In Your holy light
That every eye will see Jesus our God
Great and mighty to be praised

God of all days
Glorious in all of Your ways
The majesty the wonder and grace
In the light of Your Name

Let hope rise and darkness tremble
In Your holy light
That every eye will see Jesus our God
Great and mighty to be praised

With everything, with everything
We will shout for Your glory
With everything, with everything
We will shout forth Your praise

With everything, with everything
We will shout for Your glory
With everything, with everything
We will shout forth Your praise

Our hearts they cry, be glorified
Be lifted high above all names
For You our King with everything
We will shout forth Your praise

With everything, with everything
We will shout for Your glory
With everything, with everything
We will shout forth Your praise….

Oh……..

I don’t have too many words to express why I love this song, but if you desire a song that makes you lay aside every weight and worship with total abandon; with everything, then this is it. Everything we have, everything we are, is consumed as we worship before our King… Our pain, our confusion, our grief, our sorrow, our joys, our highs, everything! Worship takes the focus off you and all that surrounds you, it puts things in the right perspective. We view our world from His perspective, as it should be.

There are several versions of this song online, I’d recommend the 2012 Miami Live version. It’s awesome!

Needs fixing + Off The Playlist – Make Me New


Empty spaces…
Blank sheet.
Broken vessel…
Fix this.
Abba, the hurt hasn’t healed
The band-aid has been ripped off
Uncovering years worth of love unrequited
The stitch is coming undone
The smile no longer holds the seam
Hurting people hurt people
Broken vessels don’t hold love
Or anything else
Fix me.
Make me new.
Heal me…
For you
For me
For the others
Not for him.
Sigh
It’s gripping, the anger.
It’s familiar, the pain.
It’s uncomfortable, the sneaking emotions.
It’s random, the memories.
It’s frightening, the thought that he’s still in here
My chest… What lies beneath
Gosh
We’ve passed this place Kov, why are we back here???
Not sure which of them is to blame
Cocktail of emotions.
Argh!
Broken. Broken. Broken.
But not beyond Your repair
Potter, fix me. Please.
Abba, make me whole.
Use this mess
Spin the gold.

#NP Make Me New – Mali Music

Father it’s me, please hear me my king.
I know I am unholy, so unworthy, unclean.
But I yearn to know you, my soul thirsts for you.
And my temple is broken down, oh take me and make me new

Oh Father (Father) hear me (hear me),
God who rules (God who rules everything).
I’m not asking for blessings (not for), not your hand Lord (hand Lord),
but to know your heart (know your heart)
So show me (show me) the way (the way),
Without you Father (without you I’m nothing)
I’m patiently (patiently) waiting (waiting) oh for you lord (for you Lord)
To take me and make me new.

Take me, make me new.
Take me, make me new.
Take me, make me new.
Take me, make me yours.

Father it’s me, humbly on my knees.
I know I am unworthy, unholy, and unclean oh.
But I long to know You, my soul thirsts for You.
My temple is broken down, oh take me and make me new.

Oh Father (Father) hear me (hear me),
God who rules (God who rules everything).
I’m not asking for blessings anymore (not for), not your hand Lord (hand Lord),
but to know your heart (know your heart)
So show me (show me) the way (the way),
Without you (without you I’m nothing)
I’m patiently (patiently) waiting (waiting for you Lord).
Oh take me and make me new

Take me, make me new.
Take me, make me new.
Take me, make me new.
Take me, make me yours.

Wash my heart, wash my hands,
I want to worship You. I want to worship You.
Here we are, here I stand.
So make me new, make me new, make me new

Make me new

Off The Playlist – More


You’re seated somewhere in the middle. It’s your first time in here. You don’t do too well in large crowds. You really didn’t want to come in here today, but it’s been months since your move and Lola insisted that you participate in some kind of corporate worship, and frankly you’d gotten bored of spending your Sunday mornings flipping through TV channels searching for the service that’s just right for you. You’re here just to check out the place, if you like it enough, you’d be here again next Sunday and every Sunday after (at least in the foreseeable future). You don’t really like where you’re seated, it’s not in the front, to force you to concentrate and participate, neither is it at the back, so you slip out easily if this turns out not to be your scene. You’re stuck in the middle aisle, no chance to escape. Your seat’s good for one thing though, you can observe. That’s the plan anyway; observe.
The music comes up and the band’s really going in at it. The sound’s good, you think… A bit mediocre compared to what you’re used to, but it’s not terrible. As the music goes on, you’re fighting the urge to leap out from your seat and throw your hands up… You’re fighting the urge to let go. You can fault the entire service, but you can’t fight the fact that this worship is sincere and you really want to be a part of this. But you resist anyway, you’re new here. You’re not used to the system here. Your worship might seem a bit out of place. On and on and on the excuses pile up….
You’re dealing with way too much right now. The pressure you’re under is way more important than this (of course, you don’t exactly say this, but you think it, kinda). The sounds too loud. The vocalists are ruining the song. You don’t feel comfortable. God knows you’ve got a headache. The lists endless….

***********************
More – Lawrence Flowers and Intercession
Oh the worshiper in me wants to be free
From the cares of life that seem to weigh me down.
Yes the worshiper in me needs consistency
To lift my hands and give you praise when no ones around.
Oh the worshiper in me wants to break free
From the intellectual mentality
Like when I should be up, I’m sitting in my seat
I should be lifting my hands, giving you praise, and glory
I should be giving you more
More
I should be giving you more

I wanna give my best to you,
I wanna do what you ask me to,
I wanna go wherever you say,
Just say the word and I’ll obey,
I wanna live a life that’s real,
I wanna serve you Lord for real,
For you deserve all this and More,
So I give you More
More
So I give you more
More

You deserving of more

I Give You More

I surrender all
I surrender all
All to thee my blessed Savior
I surrender all

***********************
I can paint a million scenarios and come up with countless reasons why we give less than the best when we are in God’s presence, be it private or corporate worship. None of this is good enough. I don’t need to reiterate the fact that God deserves more…
Release the worshiper in you to give God what He deserves, the best of your best worship (even though we know He actually does deserve much more). Anytime we get the chance, give Him the best. And I’m not just talking about in music, worship’s beyond that. Every aspect of our lives can be (and should be) lived as worship to our creator… He’s deserving of more. The least we can do is give Him the best we’ve got. Let the worshiper in you break free!!

As we realize that every breath we breathe is worship, we’d make a conscious effort to do the best of it. Living each moment for Him… Laying our lives on the alter as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable; our reasonable act of worship. *From my rising, to my laying down at night, each moment is for You. Oh the worshiper in me wants to break free….

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship. Rom 12:1 (NIV)

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. Heb 13:15

Off The Playlist


It’s pretty easy to stand in one spot (or lay on the couch) and think about all the things that went wrong. It’s pretty easy to think of all the things that should be happening now that aren’t. Reminiscing about the good ol’ days and how you had such hopes and aspirations for the future, that’s the easy part! Being stuck in yesterday, piece of cake! It’s even a lot easier to allow ourselves get distracted from what’s really important. You know the hard part? Moving on!
Lately, I’ve had someone say to me repeatedly, “you have to let go” or “move on”, and I’m quick to lash out, “move on to what?!”. Because holding on is easy. Because being here, stuck in time, is easy… Familiar. I don’t know what else I have if I don’t have these things that I’m holding on to. The pain. The blame. The tears. These are real. Asking me to let go is a task I’m not so eager to embark on.
Everyone will listen to a song (or experience any form of art) and interpret it differently. In light of all that I’ve said above, this is what Switchfoot’s Dare You To Move means to me…

Welcome to the planet
Welcome to existence
Everyone’s here
Everyone’s here
Everybody’s watching you now
Everybody waits for you now
What happens next
What happens next

[Chorus]
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened before

Welcome to the fallout
Welcome to resistance
The tension is here
Tension is here
Between who you are and who you could be
Between how it is and how it should be

[Chorus]

Maybe redemption has stories to tell
Maybe forgiveness is right where you fell
Where can you run to escape from yourself?
Where you gonna go?
Where you gonna go?
Salvation is here

I dare you to move
I dare you to move
I dare you to lift yourself up off the floor
I dare you to move
I dare you to move
Like today never happened
Today never happened
Today never happened
Today never happened before

…Be present. Let go of the things that tie you to the past. Mistakes aren’t the end of the world. Yes, it hurts. Yes, it’ll be so easy for you to curl up on the floor and hang on the memorabilia of the past. Instead, choose the hard part. Move! Let go! Take a step! You may not see the entire picture but be bold enough to take the first step. Isn’t this the faith we preach? Isn’t this the walk that God has called us to? Take hold of salvation that is HERE! Now! Forgetting the past, reach out to the future. It’ll seem impossible… Thankfully, we’re not alone. Abba’s got us. Without faith, it is impossible to please Him. Exercise that faith and get off the floor. Trust Him to catch your fall.
Why do I suddenly feel like I’m ranting? Lol… I guess I’m “preaching” to myself tonight. Yo Kov, let’s have some church in hurr!!! Haha… This song is basically like a theme song for me right now. It’s tough.. I’m unsure what the next step is but I’m not going to keep hanging on to the things I cannot change, so help me God.

Off The Playlist – I Will Rise


I Will Rise ~ Chris Tomlin

I love Chris Tomlin and I’ve had this particular song from the “Hello Love” album for a while now. This morning, it came up on some random shuffle… Let me try to explain to you how this song affects me.
Yesterday, I had what can be described as an adrenaline rush. It happens to me sometimes and it’s what S calls my “Titanium” mood (where I am overly excited and sing David Guetta’s Titanium at the top of my lungs). In my titanium mood, I’m at my happiest (sidebar: if you ever catch me in this mood, you can ask me for anything.. Lol). The downside to this though, is in the aftermath…let’s just say “what goes up, must come down”. And boy, do I come down!
Now here’s the interesting part, as usual, this morning I woke from yesterday’s high feeling a bit low. I was however determined not to remain low so I turned on the music and in the midst of that, this song came up. Picture yourself on a private Island with the wind kissing your face and the sound of the waves acting as heaven’s serenade. That’s the effect this song has on me. It’s beautiful without trying too hard and the best part is it forces me to worship even when I don’t feel like it. You know the kind of worship where you don’t even have to use words, your heart is just in sync with heaven? This is it!
The best part of the song has to be the lyrics which I’m sharing with you here. I guess the peace and calm this song brings is best expressed through the lyrics… It’s falling down before God to rise up again. It’s knowing peace even when everything fails. It’s being able to say “it is well” even when situations around you don’t agree. It’s being on your knees in His presence and letting Him pick you up. It’s Him taking you above life’s torrents.
I will rise!

There’s a peace I’ve come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul
I can say “It is well”
Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

[Chorus:]
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

There’s a day that’s drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes
Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
“Worthy is the Lamb”
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,
“Worthy is the Lamb”

[Chorus:]
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

P.S. Get this song, listen and let me know what you think. I really do hope it floods your heart with peace in a world full of thunder.
Enjoy…

Avalanche


Avalanche ~ Hillsong

Every once in a while, a song comes up on my random shuffle and expresses exactly the thoughts stuck in my head. Tonight, this is the song. It’ll be very selfish of me not to share the beauty that is this marvelous music (at least the lyrics). Get the song!

Beautiful God
Laying Your majesty aside
You reached out in love to show me life
Lifted from darkness into light
Oh

King for a slave
Trading Your righteousness for shame
Despite all my pride and foolish ways
Caught in Your infinite embrace
Oh

And I find myself here on my knees again
Caught up in grace like an avalanche
Nothing compares to this love, love, love
Burning in my heart

Savior and Friend
Breathing Your life into my heart
Your word is the lamp unto my path
Forever I’m humbled by Your love
Oh

Take my life
Take all that I am
With all that I am I will love You
Take my heart
Take all that I have
Jesus how I adore You

And I find myself here on my knees again
Caught up in grace like an avalanche
Nothing compare to this love love love

Bless the soul that wrote this. I really hope and pray I never get to the point where God’s love and grace doesn’t move me.
Still amazed!