I am thankful to God for the talent he has given songwriters, singers, and musicians. Their giftedness helps draw me closer to my Lord. Jake is an awesome songwriter. It's a talent that is God given to him since he didn't get it from either his Dad or me. Anyway, I thought I'd share the list of songs I'm listening to and worshiping with these days as I get ready for church on Sunday mornings. So here they are along with links that contain the lyrics so you can listen to them if you want: (As a quick disclaimer for all my grammar Nazis out there, I know that all the spelling and punctuation isn't correct on these videos, but just go with it.)
1. Only Hope by Caedmon's Call
2. Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) by Chris Tomlin
3. Love Song for a Savior (Jars of Clay)
4. You Reign (Mercy Me)
5. Your Grace is Enough (Chris Tomlin)
6. Oh My God (Jars of Clay)
7. God will Lift Up Your Head (Jars of Clay)
8. Know You in the Now (Michael Card)
9. Worlds Apart (Jars of Clay)
10. Draw Me Nearer (Caedmon's Call)
There are so many good worship songs out there. These are just some of the ones that are helping me worship God and prepare my heart for worship these days. I challenge you to make your own playlist and listen to it for a few weeks and truly seek to hear from God while you are getting ready for church and see if it makes any difference in your experience at church.
I know it's not easy tuning out the rest of the world...including your family and all their Sunday morning needs...in order to prepare your heart to hear from God, but if we go to church expecting to hear from Him we are much more likely to do so. Make the effort and see what happens.