2 When evil ones come to destroy me, they will be the ones who turn back.
3 My heart will not be afraid even if an army rises to attack. I know that you are there for me, so I will not be shaken.
4 Here's the one thing I crave from God, the one thing I seek above all else: I want the privilege of living with him every moment in his house, finding the sweet loveliness of his face, filled with awe, delighting in his glory and grace. I want to live my life so close to him that he takes pleasure in my every prayer.
5–6 In his shelter in the day of trouble, that's where you'll find me, for he hides me there in his holiness. He has smuggled me into his secret place, where I'm kept safe and secure—out of reach from all my enemies. Triumphant now, I'll bring him my offerings of praise, singing and shouting with ecstatic joy! Yes, listen and you can hear the fanfare of my shouts of praise to the Lord!
7 God, hear my cry. Show me your grace. Show me mercy, and send the help I need!
8 Lord, when you said to me, "Seek my face," my inner being responded, "I'm seeking your face with all my heart."
9 So don't hide yourself, Lord, when I come to find you. You're the God of my salvation; how can you reject your servant in anger? You've been my only hope, so don't forsake me now when I need you!
10 My father and mother abandoned me. I'm like an orphan! But you took me in and made me yours.
11 Now teach me all about your ways and tell me what to do. Make it clear for me to understand, for I am surrounded by waiting enemies.
12 Don't let them defeat me, Lord. You can't let me fall into their clutches! They keep accusing me of things I've never done while they plot evil against me.
13 Yet I totally trust you to rescue me one more time, so that I can see once again how good you are while I'm still alive!
14 Here's what I've learned through it all: Don't give up; don't be impatient; be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting—for he will never disappoint you!
This is the first time in a very long time that I'm writing a daily devotional to share. With all that's going on right now around the world because of the Coronavirus, an uneasiness sits at the back of most minds.
Since being home, under stay-at-home or quarantine recommendations, life has changed for all of us to some degree. Overall, I've been at a place of peace despite the fact that the current ministry events I had scheduled have been canceled or will be rescheduled at a later date. On top of that, I was just placed on furlough from my part-time job in retail this week. A few years ago, I would have probably gone into a more stressful/panic mode but at this moment I know that God has a plan.
This morning I woke up from a dream I was having which was me singing, You Are My Hiding Place written by Michael Ledner, to the Lord. In February of this year when I was leading worship for a monthly meeting for the Watering Hole in Bolingbrook, IL, the Lord had me do that song. I hadn't sung it or used it in leading worship for several years but on that day that song so ministered to a lady that she got up and testified how that song had been ministering to her because of what she was going through at that moment. God always has a plan!
You may be feeling at peace right now, but I know there are many that are not. Take a few minutes and reread the verses I posted above. Plus, I'm going to add a link here to listen to the song, You Are My Hiding Place along with the lyrics too.
The hashtag phrase right now is "In This Together!" The reality is as sons and daughters of the King we are in this together because He is able and faithful to do more than we can ask or think during this time because He loves us. Since we have the time, let's worship Him because He is good, and His mercy endures forever!
You are my hiding place
I will trust in You
I'm pleased to announce that after releasing two studio worship albums over the past eleven years, the Lord is directing me to step out in faith and do my first live worship CD.
The title of this new upcoming worship CD is "More of You." This project is worship focused with piano and orchestra that has strong melodies to sing along with. The songs I have selected and written for this project have one theme throughout - to lift up, exalt, enthrone and worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
To do this effectively it's going to take the right people to come together and capture this music with the highest levels of excellence. This CD can be made at a minimum budget ($10,297) and I know it will be incredible. Along with the piano and full orchestra, there will be featured musicians as well as two talented, professional producers who will be working with me to bring about my vision for this project.
I'm reaching out to you to ask for your help and support to meet the budget needs for this project. This CD is being funded on Kickstarter which is a wonderful platform to raise money for music projects like this. I've included several pledge levels with rewards so when you find one that fits your budget, click on it and follow the directions.
The nice part about Kickstarter is that it's an all-or-nothing deal so your card won't be charged until the full goal is reached! Should, for some reason, the goal is not met, this project does not move forward. NO money changes hands. BUT, I'm believing that this project will go forth knowing so many appreciate the power of anointed worship and will want this new CD to be available for the people of God.
Thank you for considering supporting this new worship CD project and I hope to see you at the live recording once the date is set.
P.S. This is a time-sensitive fundraiser that ends on January 5th!