Never think your mess is bigger than His grace.
A bruised reed He will not break, and a faintly burning wick He will not quench. Isaiah 42:3
He takes broken and dislocated things from the universe and rebuilds, renews and restores, for our well-being and His joy. What everyone else sees as useless, ready to be thrown away, God sees potential and carefully restores.
He’s not threatened by our weakness, but our weaknesses qualify us for His restoring grace.
Bring your WHOLE self to Him, strengths and weaknesses, tidiness and mess, and let His immeasurably gracious heart move you to repentance, to love and to trust Him all the more.
#gracious #grace #songwriting #worshipmusic
Back from a fantastic time with the Songs of Praise crew. Huge well done to the team - so much fun and so very hot! Airing sometime in the next few weeks, watch this space.
Finished two and half days of rehearsal for @newdayevent & @bbc Songs of Praise. The band are cooking and songs feeling strong, huge well done to the team.
On another note- these photos were all taken on @j.mdt_ Google Pixel. Considerably better then my iPhone 8! Best phone for photos?? 📸
Set up for 3 days of rehearsals for @newdayevent and @bbc. Got some news for you tomorrow...
Who can guess my favourite bit of this video? #livemusic #rehearsals #timelapse #musician
Is God’s goodness towards us a begrudging contract that He’d rather not do?
Is God’s goodness based on us keeping our side of the bargain?
Is God’s goodness unpredictable and sporadic?
“I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me.
I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.” Jeremiah 32:40-41 ESV
A one sided agreement He has committed to. Not come meet me half way, but I’ll meet you the full way, this is my promise.
2. EVERLASTING COVENANT
Not a temporary agreement with an expiry date, with a get-out clause, or a day off, but He has pledged His covenant for eternity.
3. I WILL NOT TURN AWAY
There are lots of things God WILL do.
He will give you free choice
He will allow storms and suffering in our lives
He will allow us to sin
But He will NOT TURN AWAY, not ever, not once from doing GOOD.
4. I WILL REJOICE IN DOING GOOD
How does God feel about this everlasting covenant to do us good? He absolutely LOVES IT. It literally brings Him SO much joy. Doing us good causes the Almighty to REJOICE!
5. WITH ALL MY HEART AND ALL MY SOUL
Is it a half hearted effort He’s now tied to, that just happens to make Him happy now and then? No - He is doing this with ALL of His heart and soul. ALL of God is ALL IN on this covenant. He’s not withholding bits of His heart, no, HE’s all in. His full intention, desire and will - to so good to us.
Therefore, whatever situation, circumstance, day of the week or season - we can be 100% certain that, amongst whatever else God is doing, He is as sure as the day intentionally channeling, purposing and pouring His goodness into our lives - committed for eternity to work all things for our good. He is the comforter, He is the provider, He is our Father.
Take heart, even if you feel like you’re falling - remind your heart how devoted He is.
Keep believing Him for good things.
#goodthings #goodnessofGod #bible #worshipmusic
Writing this song was such a fun journey. @JothamOakley came round on a lunch break to write together, then in the last 5 minutes he dropped this verse melody idea, then just walked out the door…
That melody kept coming to my head for the next 2 or 3 weeks
So we sat down to hone in some lyrics and write a chorus (the chorus is another story!)
Writing these verses was definitely a challenge; namely the way verse line 3 finishes with a repeat lyric, yet simultaneously also starts the next line.
(Eg. My Father’s here, my Father…. has shown me a way) etc.
Being honest, that took us ages to nail ha. But I’m so grateful we kept pushing and searching for those lines to click…
It’s good to push yourself lyrically. For some reason we expect lumps of gold to turn up on a pavement. And SOMETIMES that happens. But most the gold in the world is mined, through hard hours of labour. But what you get is of great value and worth every ounce of effort.
Songwriters - let’s keep going, keep mining, keep persevering.
I’m reminded of Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to search it out.
It seems God Himself enjoys hiding things for us to search out.
Songwriters, creatives, worshippers, lets keep seeking and searching after Him
#songwriting #lyrics #alivewithworship #worshipsongs
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
There is nothing more trustworthy in the whole cosmos than the name of Jesus. No greater refuge, no deeper comfort, no truer promise, no higher word.
Let your soul find its rest and peace today, not in temporary, changing, empty promises, but in the everlasting, everfaithful, never changing character of God.
#youneverchange #steadymyheart #faithfulnessofGod #worshipmusic
So weak the effort of my heart
And cold my warmest thought
But when I see You as You are
I’ll sing forevermore
#justonename #worshipmusic #newdayevent #worshippastor
New addition to the blu-ray collection🤘🏼
Best movie from this boxset and worst movie? 🦇
#batman #bluray #batmanforever
It started as an experiment, but what unfolded blew us all away. Tb to our @newdayevent string section 🎻🎻🎻
We took a risk to exchange our high energy, full Newday band arrangements with a small, raw, unplugged setup with an 18 piece string section, many of them Newday delegates in their teens.
Thanks again to all those involved. It was such a special moment we decided to turn the whole worship time into one long EP.
Enjoy unplugged worship, go check out:
Alive With Strings
#strings #worshipmusic #unplugged #allcomesbacktoYou