Yep, I like to get some worship on over breakfast. I plug in my iPhone earbuds and go about my chores. I especially love to do that while I cook, or run on the treadmill.
I haven't fallen off the treadmill yet, but I've absolutely had a bobble, some close calls, and totally looked ridiculous. That's why my treadmill is in the basement where no one can see me!
Now that I'm an empty nester, I don't have to tune my ears to the cries and interruptions of others in quite the same way. I find it easier to tune into God and the voice of the Spirit--and I'm constantly looking for the perks and blessing side of empty nesting.
A Facebook follower asked this week what my favorite playlists are for getting some worship on. So, here you have it, some of my favorites:
1. "Air I Breathe" by Mat Kearney is my current top fave. The rhythms are just plain awesome, so soulful. It speaks to me that my dependence upon the Father is like breathing--absolutely essential to life. I love the message that it's a constant fight, surrender, effort, surrender as we give ourselves to the Father's will: "feel like a contender...bringing my fist to a pistol war...I surrender, that I need You now and you love me more..."
2. "Love Alone is Worth the Fight" by Switchfoot is another great one. "And we find what we're made of through the open door..." It just reminds me how to trust the Father through the unknown.
3. "The River" by Jordan Feliz
4. Anything by Lauren Dangle, Meredith Andrews, Plumb, Francesca Battistelli, Kim Walker-Smith, Rend Collective, NeedToBreathe
5. "Stronger" by Mandisa
6. "Kings & Queens" by Audio Adrenaline--reminding me the eternal impact of loving kids can have in the Kingdom.
7. "There is Power" by Lincoln Brewster
8. "Good Good Father" by Chris Tomlin
9. "Awake Our Souls" by Tim Timmons
10. "Oceans" by Hillsong UNITED
11. "Dead Man Walking" by John Tibbs
12. "Glow in the Dark" by Jason Gray
13. "Skin Spills Over" by Michael W. Smith
14. "You Make Me Brave" by Bethel Music
15. "Shake" by Mercy Me
When I run on the treadmill, it's arduous, sweaty, unending, annoying, good, heart-pounding, painful...and everything in between. It's life. It's like worship-the good, the bad, and the ugly. And worship is the air I breathe. It's the space I crave, to know over and over and over again--that I am not alone. That the Father loves me. That Holy Spirit speaks to me. That Jesus Christ--his life, death, and resurrection--is life for me, love for me.
Getting worship on is not pretty. It's not politically correct. It's about face down. Flat out. Prostrate before the Living God. It's beseeching. It's giggling. It's gut-wrenching. And everything in between.
Worship is like this favorite Psalm.
Psalm 18 King James Version (KJV)
1 I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
4 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.
5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.
6 In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
7 Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.
8 There went up a smoke out of his nostrils, and fire out of his mouth devoured: coals were kindled by it.
9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and darkness was under his feet.
10 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.
12 At the brightness that was before him his thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire.
13 The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Highest gave his voice; hail stones and coals of fire.
14 Yea, he sent out his arrows, and scattered them; and he shot out lightnings, and discomfited them.
15 Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils.
16 He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.
17 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me.
18 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the Lord was my stay.
19 He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.
20 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
22 For all his judgments were before me, and I did not put away his statutes from me.
23 I was also upright before him, and I kept myself from mine iniquity.
24 Therefore hath the Lord recompensed me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his eyesight.
25 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright;
26 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.
27 For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks.
28 For thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.
29 For by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.
30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.
31 For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God?
32 It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
33 He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.
34 He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
35 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.
36 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.
37 I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.
38 I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.
39 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.
40 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.
41 They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the Lord, but he answered them not.
42 Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.
43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.
44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.
45 The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.
46 The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.
47 It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.
48 He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.
50 Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.
I don't usually use the King James Version. But for this, it's poetic. And poetry evokes emotion, a thought, a connection with your life. And that's worship.
So, get your worship on this week.
Be wholly un-politically correct before the Lord.
Bare your soul, in the cool of the day....where He comes looking for you...
Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots.Nurse Practitioner by day.Wife, mother, writer by night.Coffee drinker--any time.
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