On Sunday night and Monday morning at the New Attitude conference we added 17 string players to the band. Pretty amazing. None of it would have been possible apart from the gifts and labors of Judah Groveman, a cellist/guitarist/songwriter in our church who spent many hours arranging the parts. He did a brilliant job.
They string players were all from Sovereign Grace churches. They’ve spent years developing their skills on violin, viola, or cello. Thank God for their parents who obviously have made a significant financial investment over the years.
One of the songs we sang with strings was Nail My Glory, written mostly by my son, Devon, with a little help from his dad. Original lyrics are by Isaac Watts. They recorded a version on the Na Band’s latest CD, Looked Upon. Here’s what it sounded like at New Attitude:[audio:http://sgm.edgeboss.net/download/sgm/na/2008/na08.4_nail_my_glory.mp3]
You can also download Nail My Glory by clicking here.
Also, I sang two spontaneous songs at the conference. These are prophetic impressions that express God’s heart for an individual, a group of people, or a specific situation (I’m planning to post something about spontaneous songs next week). The first song was for those attending who weren’t sure why they had come, and possibly didn’t know the Lord.
You can download it by clicking here, or stream it below.[audio:YouDidn’tComeHere.mp3]
Here are the words:
You didn’t come here on your own
I’ve known about you all along
And though I seem distant to you now
My power is at work to draw you to Me
But you’re holding on to what you can do
And in the end you know it will fail you
There is only one Savior, one Savior
My Son, who came for you
Only I can break down your pride
And show you why my Son came to die
It’s because all you could ever do
Would not be enough to reach me
Only, only my Son
Could pay for what you’ve done
His mercy is free to you
And you can receive it
Let go of your pride and believe it
That he shed His blood for you.
The other song I sang was for those experiencing ongoing, chronic pain. You can download it here, or listen to it below.[audio:http://sgm.edgeboss.net/download/sgm/na/2008/na08.5ps_do_you_believe.mp3]
These are the words:
Do you believe that I know what is best?
Can you believe that I’ve chosen you for this test?
Though you may not understand it
Though you may not have a clue
I’ve designed what you’re going through just for you.
I’ve heard the questions that you’ve asked me
When you wonder if I care
My promises are trustworthy
You can know I am there
And my Son knows what it is
He suffered in your place
He took the pain that you deserved
So you could know my grace
And there will be a day
When there’ll be no more pain
You’ll look upon my face
And know the trial was worth it
In all the things I do
I’m working now in you
To trust me, to know me
To believe me, to love me
To draw close to me
And if I heal you, I can heal you
I have the power to take this away
But if you don’t see it until you see me
Will anything be changed?
You’ve wondered if I know what is best
I’ve chosen you for this test
And my grace is sufficient for all that you need
For my grace will lead you to Me.