Thursday, April 21, 2011

'Tis So Sweet!

This week, I've been blessed with some sweet times of worship that have filled my heart with joy in preparation for Easter. On Wednesday, I drove to College Station to give a presentation, and I worshipped all the way. I've said it before, but going to College Station is good for my soul. It is my daily desire to walk with God with the same single-mindedness that I did in college. I would read my Bible outside class and worship in my car everywhere I went. God was my only guide. I always feel refreshed and re-centered when I go to good old Aggieland. Today, I downloaded some great songs on my iPod and worshipped the heck out of my workout. I was running on the treadmill at the gym, sweat pouring off me, and I was listening to the Jadon Lavik album you see here. I was so full of praise and joy that I lifted my hands to praise God right there on the treadmill. Thank you, Lord, for focusing my mind on what Jesus did for me on Good Friday by redeeming me with his blood. What an indescribable joy we should have on Easter Sunday with his resurrection. I'm sure every Christian song can be connected to Easter in some way, but I feel like the songs that made their way through my iPod this week especially spoke to my heart.

My new theme song is officially "'Tis So Sweet" sung by Jadon Lavik. I LOVE THIS SONG. It's a lovely, simple guitar version of the hymn, and it has been on constant repeat for me. I mean it's bordering on crazy how many times I've listened to it. Word of advice: Download it. Sing it loud. When it comes out of my mouth, I always change the words to "Jesus, Jesus, how I trust YOU, how I've proved YOU o'er and o'er. Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus, oh for grace to trust YOU more..."

'Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus
Just to take Him at His Word
Just to rest upon His promise
Just to know "Thus sayeth the Lord"

O how sweet to trust in Jesus
Just to trust His cleansing blood
And in simple faith to plunge me
'Neath the healing, cleansing flood

Jesus, Jesus how I trust him!
How I've proved him o'er and o'er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus
O, for grace to trust him more

Yes, 'tis sweet to trust in Jesus
Just from sin and self to cease
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace

What if we took Jesus at his word? What if we rested on his promises? What if we ceased sin and self and just took life, rest, joy, and peace? Just thinking about what is offered to me makes me praise God. What person on this crazy Earth doesn't want life and rest and joy and peace? God has proved himself over and over. Let's spend more time thinking of all the things he's done and have faith in small and big worries. For it to be good enough to know "Thus sayeth the Lord." The name of the song is so beautiful: 'Tis so SWEET. Aaaahhhhh I'm listening to it again right now. You have to have it.

Here are some other songs that have filled me with joy this week and been blasted loud on my Bose docking station. If you haven't downloaded them, they're well worth the price on iTunes.

Download from this album: "I Will Sing of My Redeemer"

Download from this album: "What a Savior"

Download from this album: EVERYTHING. Start with "Light of the World".

Download from this album: "Love the Lord"

Download from this album: EVERYTHING. But you could start with "Healer".



Lindsay Ward said...

Thank you Katie! I needed a little refocusing. And I appreciate the recommendations as I never know what Christian songs to download!

Court, Dave, and Sully said...

College Station does wonders for my soul too---I need it!

Rachael said...

OBVIOUSLY I love this post! Here's what my Bible says about this song: "In the late 1800's Mrs. Louisa M.R. Stead watched as her husband died while trying to save a drowning boy. This familiar hymn was written as a response to her struggle with the 'why?' questions she asked God during that difficult time."

When I read that, I fell in love with this song even more. She watches her husband die, meaning she has every reason to write a song of woe and misery, but instead she writes: "Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend; And I know that Thou art with me, Wilt be with me to the end." That's faith! Love it!

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