Since I last blogged I have been busy recording some of my songs as a full band arrangement and have also written some new songs. At the moment I’m writing songs faster than I can record them! I do hope to get them all recorded at some point though.
The two I have finished recording, Holy Holy and Where the Light Shines are available to listen to on the website by clicking the links. I’d love to get some feedback on them, whether good or “constructive”, so please leave a comment or send me a message.
Last Sunday night I introduced Holy Place to our church, Biggleswade Baptist, and we did it again this Sunday morning. It seemed to go down well and it was truly amazing and spine-tingling to hear people singing back to God the words and melody that he has given me! That’s the reason I’m doing this – to share the gift of these songs with others so that they can enter into worship of God and sing them back to Him in praise.
As I sit here writing this my daughter is toddling around and making me laugh with her silly faces and putting her arms up in the air in expectation of cuddles- which of course I am only too happy to give! This reminds me of the amazing love God has for us as his children.
God loves us so much that he has adopted us into his family and we have the promise of an eternal inheritance with all the riches that come from having a relationship with the creator of the universe. We have access to Him at any time because He went to extraordinary lengths to restore our relationship by sending his son Jesus to die for our sins and defeat death for us. We are no longer slaves to fear, nor death, nor illness, nor anything else that can drag us down and become a barrier to our relationship with Him, because we have the spirit of the living God with us, giving us unconditional access to Him for all time.
I am not the perfect father, and although I love my children unconditionally, I do get exasperated with them and I can be grumpy and unkind sometimes. God is not like that. He is the perfect father and is infinitely patient, kind and loving with us. He wants relationship with us, and like with my daughter raising her arms for a cuddle with her daddy, that is all God requires of us – to raise our arms to Him and give ourselves over to his love, so that He can pick us up and embrace us. It doesn’t matter if we have done things that we consider to make us unworthy of His love, because He has already forgiven us. He wouldn’t have gone through the pain of separation from his son Jesus, to then withhold His forgiveness from us. There is nothing that can separate us from Him, other than our unwillingness to come to Him in worship and repentance. Neither is He waiting for us to do something for Him before He will accept us, and we don’t have to earn His love. He delights in us and wants us to delight in his presence.
I don’t want anything from my children apart from a good relationship. I’m not going to love them any more or any less based on what they do for me (or what they don’t!), and God is the same. He delights in us because He made us and He loves us. It really is that simple! I want to spend time each day with Him, reading His word, praying and listening in a quiet place, because without this investment of time, there is no relationship. Out of this springs everything else because when we know Him and understand His character we naturally want to do things to please Him and tell others about Him, which is why the Psalmist says:
“Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4)
The amazing thing about God our father is that He also gives us gifts and abilities to use to bring His glory and praise. When my children give me gifts for my birthday, I have paid for them and my wife has invariably chosen them. That doesn’t make them any less special and I love to receive them, because it’s not about the gift, it’s about my love for them and their love for me. It is the same with God. We can’t give Him anything that he needs, and everything we have is from Him anyway, but He loves it when we use our gifts to give back to Him and serve Him. One of my gifts is music and I love using that to worship God and draw near to Him, as well as using music to help others do the same. We all have different gifts and I would encourage you to use them to worship God, not out of a sense of duty but out of a love for Him and an expression of your delight to be in His presence. If you don’t know what your gifts are, pray and ask Him to reveal them – you do have them, I assure you!
That’s all for now!