Sunday Song: I Will Sing of my Redeemer

The book of Psalms is a great gift. It teaches us to remember, to trust, to cry out, to rejoice… in song.

When troubles, worries, temptations, and frustrations take hold, when I can’t see past tomorrow’s responsibilities or today’s failures, when I’m gladdened with deep joy and contentment, my soul needs most to remember Christ’s great sacrifice on my behalf. And from that remembrance, my soul and body must join together and sing.

By God’s grace, arranged and played by Katie

Thanks and credit to Marianne Kim who inspired the introduction.

Saturday Song: More than Anything

What is most important in life? What is most important for death?

Thankful for a (very) rainy, gray Saturday, honest conversations, remembrances of the past… because of what is most important: the Good Giver of all gifts.

Today’s song is “More Than Anything by Natalie Grant. Click here for the video, read below for the lyrics.

I know if you wanted to you could wave your hand
Spare me this heartache and change your plan
And I know when he said that you could take my pain away
But even if you don’t I pray

Help me want the healer more than the healing
Help me want the savior more than the saving
Help me want the giver more than the giving
Oh help me want you Jesus more than anything
You know more than anyone that my flesh is weak
And you know I’d give anything for a remedy
And I’ll ask a thousand more times to set me free today
Oh but even if you don’t I pray
Help me want the healer more than the healing
Help me want the savior more than the saving
Help me want the giver more than the giving
Oh help me want you Jesus more than anything
Oh when I’m desperate and my heart’s overcome
All that I need you’ve already done, oh
When I’m desperate and my heart’s overcome
All that I need you’ve already done
Oh Jesus help me want you more than anything
Help me want the healer more than the healing
Help me want the savior more than the saving
Help me want the giver more than the giving
Oh help me want you Jesus more than anything
Help me want you Jesus more than anything

To the sky

By all appearances, things were not going well for David when he wrote this Psalm. He in wartime, and acknowledges that God no longer goes out with his army, as if He has rejected them (v. 11). Yet, he begins the Psalm saying that his heart is steadfast- unshaken (v. 1). He is so overflowing with praise, he will sing and make music with his soul (v. 1). Not only that, but David is certain of singing and making music among peoples and nations (v. 3).

Why?

Because of God’s great love and faithfulness.

God’s love is no small matter. I wonder how often I feel that it is, though. Maybe at times when I doubt that it will last. When I doubt it is abounding toward me. When I keep it tucked away for my personal consolation and neglect to tell of it to others. Maybe when I assume on it so that I forget to praise God for it.

But surely it is a great love that makes a way for salvation. A great love that died so that a cursed one might become a beloved child. A great love that holds on through life and death, sickness and health, demonic opposition and temptation. A great love that is enough to supply every need. A great love that endures forever.

God’s great love should elicit songs, in even the most troubled times. His great love has power to hold a heart steadfast.

Likewise, David’s heart could be steadfast because God himself is faithful. He does not change and His Word does not fail. His abundant faithfulness means He is a steady, unchanging hope and refuge. Faithfulness permeates all His mercies and judgements.

May David’s refrain resound often in my heart so that, like him, my soul will sing and my mouth speak of God’s love and faithfulness to the nations.

Satisfying Loving-kindness and Monday Mornings

He is more than able to do it. His love is never-ending and never failing. His love is fully able to satisfy my needs and desires, because, however large those desires seem, they are small compared to him.

Today is a Monday, sure. Even so it is a day. Therefore it is a day to pray for and witness manifestations of his love- in Scripture, through the heart work of the Holy Spirit in prayer, through the peace that passes understanding, his constant presence, his patient forgiveness to cover his children’s failings, his daily kindness and mercy, and many other things beside. It is a day to pray that my heart would be wise enough to see his love, and to count all other wants and needs as loss for the sake of knowing my God and his love.

Cinnamon Blueberry Bread: gluten, soy, egg, dairy free

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. Brown Rice flour
  • 1 c. Sweet Sorghum flour
  • 1 c. White Rice flour
  • 2/3 c. Coconut sugar
  • 4 tsp. Arrowroot flour/starch
  • 1 tsp. Xanthum gum
  • 2 tsp. Baking powder
  • 1 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon

Whisk the dry ingredients together and add:

  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 1 flaxseed egg (1/8 c. Ground flaxseed reconstituted in about 1/4 c. water. Let sit at least 5 minutes until jelly-like consistency.)
  • 2 tsp. Apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 c. Applesauce
  • 1 c. Coconut or almond milk (note: I also do half coconut milk creamer, half milk for a sweeter option.)

Mix ingredients together until just blended (stir with a wooden spoon). Then stir in 1 cup blueberries.

Grease an 8×8 pan with coconut oil. The batter will be thick, so smooth the top with a spatula after pour into pan. (This makes the bread look pretty. ❤️)

Bake in preheated 350 F oven for 30-40 min. The bread will be sturdy and start to crack across the top when done.

Some notes to make the bread sweeter: use part or all cane sugar and part or all coconut milk vanilla creamer.

Mercy, peace, and love

“The mercy of God is the spring and fountain of all the good we have or hope for; mercy, not only to the miserable, but to the guilty. Next to mercy is peace, which we have from the sense of having obtained mercy. From peace springs love; Christ’s love to us, our love to him, and our brotherly love to one another.” -Matthew Henry

When sleep is short, pencils and time are lacking, and the weight of responsibilities seems to increase, it does my heart good to remember the affection of my God toward me. Mercy, peace, and love… not just in part or small portions, but in abundance according to the greatness of his generosity.

Fix your eyes on Jesus

“Let us run with endurance the race…”

Having thrown out sin and the weight of unwise things, we must continue. The race will not be easy, therefore it calls for strength and patience and the willingness to last. How much am I hindered because I want ease or comfort or sin more than embracing the work of the race? Comparison. Envy. Worry. Thanklessness. Time wasters. Discontent. Grumbling. Partiality. Impurity. Selfishness. These things will not help me win.

“…that is set before us…”

The race runner doesn’t make the course. We trust God for that. We follow what he has established, planned, and allowed. This race is our sanctification- the work of the Holy Spirit in our every step and thought of obedience that makes us more like the character of Christ. Far be it from me to take up the weights of grumbling about my course, or of judging the wisdom of the course-maker, or of worrying over the length or difficulty of the race that God has set before me.

“…Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God…”

Every runner has a goal: the finish line. The Christian has a person: Christ. So, then, just as the goal is the utmost importance to winning, so Christ is of the utmost importance to the believer in his or her race. He is there in the race with us, because He has promised never to leave us. He is also before us, having already faced even death and defeating it.

He knows joy in obedience. He has endured. He helps our unbelief and strengthens our faith. This is our Savior. This is our God.

As the school year comes to an end, as life goes on, the most helpful phrase I can remember is “fixing our eyes on Christ”. The best meditation of my heart is Christ and all thatScripture has revealed of his character and work on my behalf.

Psalm for the Sabbath… and Tuesday Mornings

The Lord has shown his faithfulness and goodness by what he has done. His creation and actions are cause for joy. His wisdom and thoughts are very great.

As feeble as our praise and music may feel, it is good for our hearts and pleasing to our Father to begin and end each day with them. Even to begin with this Psalm for the Sabbath… and for a Tuesday morning. May our praise beget more praise and our joy in the Lord’s goodness increase with our knowledge and experience of his faithfulness.