About two months ago, a good friend of mine introduced me to Maverick City Music through this song: Promises. I made this friend at a time when I didn’t even know I needed a friend, and as time goes by, I am more appreciative of their friendship.
You know how when someone suggests a song because they think you might like it, but you’re kinda sceptical because they might be wrong??? That’s how I met this song (and Maverick City Music for that matter).I was sceptical. Then I heard “Faithful through the ages” and my entire posture changed. There is something about that first line that just sets my heart on track.
‘Promises’ was just what I needed to hear at the time (and throughout this season of my life). It is the praise song that acknowledges the suffering but dwells on the goodness of God. It’s not a ‘fake it till you make it kind of song though’. It is an ‘I know where I have been, I know who has got me through it. He is faithful. So I bless Him. Not necessarily because it is good right now, but because He is faithful. And because he is faithful, I know that I’m… good.”
I put my faith in Jesus
My anchor to the ground
My hope and firm foundation
He’ll never let me down
I don’t know if you know about the story of Paul and Silas (disciples of Jesus) in prison and praising God… but I have been asking for a heart of worship like that. The kind that doesn’t allow my circumstances to dictate my heart posture. Like, these two men had been locked up in jail and they figured that was the best time to sing praises to God! I can’t even!!!
You know, when I was asking for such a heart, I didn’t know it meant I was indirectly praying for the hard times that bring one closer to God. Perhaps, I might have taken my time with the request 😂 I mean, I don’t particularly regret it… there is something about worship. It takes the spotlight off myself and places it on God and it just hits differently when you ‘deep’ how awesome He is. Like, it gets to a point, it’s not even about what he does or has done, but just who he is. Like, it is mindblowing. And when I remember that I am still getting to know him. Like I don’t really know him that well and I’m already having my mind blown! LIiikkeeeeeeee
And let my heart learn when you speak a word, it will come to pass.
I love this line so much.
I love that it says ‘learn’ and not ‘know’ because my mind is aware of this, but when my heart grows faint, it needs to learn the truth. That when God says it, it will come to pass. He is not a man that he should lie, nor the son of man that he should change his mind. He is faithful, even when I am not.
I still bless you
I was going to make this post about the guy who introduced this song to me and how God can place people in our lives to bless us and how his friendship couldn’t have been more timely… Yet here I am losing myself in God’s awesomeness.
I noticed recently that I get really excited when I start talking about God. Like, I always thought I had him pegged. I thought I already knew all I needed to know, that our relationship dynamic was just fine. We had a ‘system’.
We still have a system. I still have long rants ever so often about whatever is on my mind and heart. I still tell him about how annoying my siblings are or how some people really get on my nerves. But now, I also read my Bible daily. I try to study the Bible, but sometimes, I get caught up in the routine of it all that I forget to actually pay attention. Work in progress.
I am not perfect. I still freak out a bit when people ask me to explain things relating to christianity and the Bible to them because I don’t feel like I’m knowledgeable enough to properly answer their questions. Plus it has always been more of a love affair to me than a math quiz. haha. Bad joke.
Point is… there really isn’t one today. My thoughts are all over the place from having a really long day while running on very little sleep. I just wanted to share my thoughts/ the song playing in the background with my six active followers. BTW, I love you guys! Y’all are the internet validation I didn’t know I needed!
Have a blessed week guys!
Nana Agyeiwaa Nyameba
P. S. (also, Important question). Is it weird that I am asking you to listen to Promises because I like it? Like do you ever just think “Who does she think she is imposing her music choices on me?”???
P. P. S. The story of Paul and Silas in prison can be found in Acts 16:16-40 (I checked 😂)