Monday, May 17, 2010

music to my ears

i love music and i love how God uses it to speak to me. it's crazy how i can hear a song numerous times and never really have it resinate with me until i face some type of momentous occasion, whether joyous or painful. obviously, in this time in my life, it's the painful moments that have me looking closely at the lyrics in a song. i remember hearing this song on my way to the hospital one morning last week. as i was driving down the 101, i had a beautiful view of the mountains and desert and i was thinking about just how big everything that God made really is. i have to be honest that i found myself frustrated. why was it that my God, who is so big and has created the heavens and earth, still hasn't "stepped in and saved the day"? i know that it's not because He can't. if that was the case, i wouldn't be frustrated. i'm frustrated because i KNOW that He can. i find myself frequently crying out to Him, "What are You waiting for?!". i don't have the answer to that....i don't think anyone does. but i think it's okay to be frustrated and to voice those frustrations to Christ. lately, i'm finding that transparency with God is a good thing...something i've never really experienced with Him before. and at the end of each day, even when it's "still raining", i CHOOSE to praise Him in this storm. please read through the lyrics (even if you've heard the song a hundred times). i think it is the most honest plea with Christ that still has a man bowing at the feet of Jesus amidst his misunderstanding.

"Praise You In This Storm"

i was sure by now
God You would have reached down
and wiped our tears away
stepped in and saved the day
but once again, i say "Amen", and it's still raining

as the thunder rolls
i barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
i raise my hands and praise the God who gives
and takes away

and i'll praise You in this storm
and i will lift my hands
for You are who You are
no matter where i am
and every tear i've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
and though my heart is torn
i will praise You in this storm

i remember when
i stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry to You
and You raised me up again
my strength is almost gone
how can i carry on
if i can't find You

but as the thunder rolls
i barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
and as Your mercy falls
i raise my hands and praise the God who gives
and takes away

i lift my eyes unto the hills
where does my help come from?
my help comes from the Lord
the Maker of Heaven and Earth

days when my strength almost feels gone, just like the song says, He gives me just enough to get through it. i believe He speaks in ways that i'll understand. lately, for me, it's been through music. for those of you who may have never heard this song before, i added it to the playlist on the blog. love you all!


  1. you girl!!!

  2. Tracee! I love this song. It has been THE song of healing, gratitude, love, sadness, restoration, thankfulness, desperation and cries to the Lord for the last 3years for me. There are many times I get in the car, roll down the windows, blare the music and just shout this out along with Mercy Me.

    For He is who He is... NO MATTER where you are!!!

    I am glad to know that I am not the only chick cruisin' down the 101 worshiping the Lord to this tune. It's incredible how a few simple words allow us to worship in such a way that the Spirit comes alive and our emotions just draw us closer to the foot of the cross.

    Holding you tight through prayer & fasting... stay strong!