As promised, I have finally finished my first Song Study. This is the first bible study of any kind that I’ve written, so be gentle. But any comments and suggestions are welcome. I try to improve myself every day and that doesn’t change for this. So if there’s something that doesn’t work, let me know.
On the flip-side, if there’s something you love about it, also let me know that. Positive feedback always makes people feel good. Plus, I’d hate to change something that everyone loves.
The song I chose is Strong Enough by Matthew West. You can find it on iTunes* and Amazon MP3. I almost didn’t pick this one because I don’t have a link to anywhere you can (legally) get it free. But freegal.com doesn’t have any music by Matthew West, so even though most of my music comes from there, you can’t get this one.You can, however, watch the video over and over for free on YouTube.
I wanted to do this song first for several reasons. First, the verses were easy for me to find. Some songs, I know there’s a verse to go with it, but I haven’t found it yet. Second, I feel like this song has been instrumental to me finally getting one of thse done. I really feel as though I’m not prepared to be doing this. But I don’t need to be. And this song has helped me to push beyond just knowing it in my mind, to knowing it in my heart. Without this song, I quite possibly would not have ever done this.
You can get the PDF file here.
* I have no idea how to get a link to something on iTunes. It’s on there and easy to find in a search. If you’re not particular about getting things from iTunes, though, it’s cheaper on Amazon.
$ The Amazon link is my referral link. If you are opposed to using it, you can search “Matthew West Strong Enough” after going to Amazon directly.
I remember a sermon, about six years ago.
Actually, I don’t remember the sermon at all. I remember the time of invitation. My church used to have a contemporary music service one Sunday night every month and this was one of them. I really enjoyed them, but for an every Sunday thing, I prefer the traditional hymns. Probably because I’m a start-at-the-beginning kind of person and I didn’t grow up in church. So the traditional hymns feel like the beginning to me. The contemporary stuff comes after you master the basics.
Anyhow, back to the invitation. I assume the sermon was about callings, because that’s what I was praying about and thinking about. And I told the pastor that I felt like God was calling me to do something with music, but I couldn’t figure out what. I didn’t feel led to be a worship leader, and I didn’t think my singing was something that would really go beyond my role as a choir member. While being a choir member is something I know God wants me to do (when my spirit is right), it doesn’t feel like a calling.
But recently, God revealed a calling to me. And I avoided it at first, hoping to find that someone else had already done it. But from what I can tell from my research, no one has.
In Sunday School this week, we talked about how no one else can do the work that we are called to do. Which means it’s time for me to make time for what God has called me to do.
What is this thing, you ask? Well, as much as I love the traditional hymns in church on Sunday, I greatly enjoy the contemporary stuff on my radio when I’m driving to and from work. I have recently found myself turning the short commute into a time of worship. And reflecting on the messages of the songs has led me to some deep moments with God. Not to mention that I find myself thinking of the lyrics of certain songs when I want to encourage my fellow Christians.
The end result: I will be starting to write a series of devotionals or bible studies or whatever you want to call them, centered on contemporary music. I haven’t quite figured out how it’s going to work yet, since I’ve never done this sort of thing. But God’s a genius, so I’m sure He’s got it all planned out. I just have to start following His lead and see where it takes me.
Is there anyone else out there that tried to find someone else to do the work when they figured out a calling? Or anyone else in the same boat that I was in for 6 years, where you know a part of it, but haven’t figured out the specifics?