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Musical Monday: All I Did Was Stay Still

The song Defender written by Rita Springer, Steffany Gretzinger and John-Paul Gentile is the song I needed to hear this morning. I needed the reminder that praise and worship are my weapons. They are how I fight.

Click here to hear it sung by Katie Torwalt: DEFENDER Lyrics below.

You go before I know
That You’ve even gone to win my war
You come back with the head of my enemy
You come back and You call it my victory

You go before I know
That You’ve even gone to win my war
Your love becomes my greatest defense
It leads me from the dry wilderness

And all I did was praise
All I did was worship
All I did was bow down
All I did was stay still

Hallelujah, You have saved me
So much better Your way
Hallelujah, Great Defender
So much better this way

You know before I do
Where my heart can seek to find Your truth
Your mercy is the shade I’m living in
You restore my faith and hope again

And all I did was praise
All I did was worship
All I did was bow down
All I did was stay still

Hallelujah, You have saved me
So much better Your way
Hallelujah, Great Defender
So much better this way
Hallelujah, You have saved me
So much better Your way
Hallelujah, Great Defender
So much better this way

And When I thought I lost me
You knew where I left me
You reintroduced me to Your love
You picked up all my pieces
Put me back together
You are the defender of my heart

And when I thought I lost me
You knew where I left me
You reintroduced me to Your love
You picked up all my pieces
Put me back together
You are the defender of my heart
And when I thought I lost me
You knew where I left me
You reintroduced me to Your love
You picked up all my pieces
Put me back together
You are the defender of my heart

Hallelujah, You have saved me
So much better Your way
Hallelujah, Great Defender
So much better this way
Hallelujah, You have saved me
So much better Your way
Hallelujah, Great Defender
So much better this way

All I did was praise
All I did was worship
All I did was bow down
All I could do is stay still

Praise becomes my breakthrough
My song becomes my triumph
Worship is my warfare
My victory is in youHallelujah, You have saved me
So much better Your way
Hallelujah, Great Defender
So much better this way
Hallelujah, You have saved me
So much better Your way
Hallelujah, Great Defender
So much better this way

All I did was praise
All I did was worship
All I did was bow down
All I did was stay still

All I did was stay still

Point to ponder while you wander…when I need to make decisions and I can’t. When I’m feeling over emotional and want to just hide. When my world becomes overwhelming. The only thing that helps me level off is worship. It restores my balance and clears my head. It reminds me who I am, and whose I am. It amplifies the reminder I am not in this alone.

After worship I’m able to go for a walk, talk to a friend, and process rationally. And pray.

Kindness is Powerful

I started a new job in a new industry about a few months ago. And I’ll be honest, I had no idea what I was doing. The work I was doing had a quick deadline and offered multiple ways for me to screw it up. Luckily for me the team I’m on has people who were willing to teach and help me. Because of that the project I’m working on is tracking to schedule.

There’s one particular man on this team that I am drawn to. His name pops up on my phone or or shows in my inbox and I smile. He walks in the room and I light right up. I couldn’t figure out why this was happening to me.

Was I crushing on him? I hoped not. Work crushes are generally a terrible idea.

Then I realized something as I was describing him to my roommate….He’s kind.  And I am drawn to his kindness.

Don’t misunderstand me- he’s not a “nice guy” or a “good guy” or anything you’d say to describe someone who bends over backwards to make people like them.  He’s not one of those no boundaries so they get walked all over “nice guys.” He’s a man’s man. He’s hard working. He does whatever it takes to get things done on time and on schedule, which I respect and appreciate. But unlike a lot of people I’ve worked with in my life, he does it with kindness.

And I’m drawn to his kindness.

That’s when about 1000 light bulbs suddenly and simultaneously flashed in my head.

Kindness is powerful.  What?

Immediately Jeremiah 31:3 lit up in my brain…”The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” NKJV

Kindness is a choice.  It comes from a position of strength and proper boundaries.  It isn’t wishy washy.  God is kind.  He’s not nice.  Nice has no boundaries.  God loves liberally and unconditionally, but he does not play games.  His love.  His kindness.  All choice.  He is not out there in desperation trying to make you like Him.  He’s like…”Hey.  I love you.  I want a relationship with you.  I’ve allowed My Son to be sacrificed for your shortcomings, failures, and mistakes, so there wouldn’t be anything to prevent you from coming to Me with boldness.  Ball is in your court, kid.  I’ll be here.”

God’s kindness takes us by the hand and says, “Get out of that sin.  You’re hurting yourself and others.”

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?” Romans 2:4 NLT

Thinking about this lead me to today’s Musical Monday song…You are Good…because of the lyric “Your kindness leads me to repentance.”  The song’s been around a while but it’s a good one.  So I’m sharing it today.  Just sit and stew in the goodness and kindness of God on this Monday.  It’s Monday, so you’ll probably need to soak and stew just a little bit longer than usual.

Point to ponder while you wander…Whilst you stew and soak…here are a few verses about the kindness of our God to meditate on.  Hopefully it will draw you to God this Monday…and inspire you to be kind to others.

“Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.  Return to the Lord your God,     for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.” Joel 2:13 NLT

 “You didn’t think, did you, that just by pointing your finger at others you would distract God from seeing all your misdoings and from coming down on you hard? Or did you think that because he’s such a nice God, he’d let you off the hook? Better think this one through from the beginning. God is kind, but he’s not soft. In kindness he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change.” Romans 2:3-4 MSG

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much,  that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)  For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.  So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-7 NLT