Posts Tagged ‘psalm 23

25
Nov
08

I hope you dance

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I don’t dance much. My wedding dance was closer to giving me a parking ticket than awarding me a dance contest trophy…It just doesn’t feel natural for me to dance. I feel extremely awkward, and while I admire other people with a sense of rhythm who can dance, I have accepted that I most likely won’t be a contestant on a TV dance show…

But it seems like God has something going on with me and this topic of dancing. These past nine weeks of training we’ve talked a lot about spreading our wings, embracing that we as Christians are meant to soar like eagles and not pick around in the dirt like turkeys. But we’ve also mentioned dancing. Dancing with God. Allowing him to lead me in a dance where he’ll take me where he wants me to go. 

A simple country song was played the first day of my internship, and it has been in my head ever since. It’s an encouragement to choose to dance in stead of sitting on the sideline. It’s a call to live a passionate life, and to choose to not play it safe. It’s an exhortation to not sell out, to not compromise what you truly believe.

I want to live a life worth living. And that life can only be passionate. It’s a roller coaster ride where you experience some hard, and gut-wrenching lows, but you also get to experience the highs that take your breath away. It’s going to both the valleys of the shadow of death with Christ, but also to the still waters with him (Psalm 23).

I want to dance with God. I am free to be who I am in Christ. I thank him for the invitation. And I thank him that he is the one leading me, since I have no clue where we need to go together. 

Here is the song I hope you dance

And the lyrics:

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder. You get your fill to eat, but always keep that hunger.

May you never take one single breath for granted, God forbid love ever leave you empty handed. I hope you still feel small when you stand by the ocean. Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens. Promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the chance to sit it out or dance…I hope you dance, I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance, never settle for the path of least resistance. Living might mean taking chances, but they’re worth taking. Loving might be a mistake, but it’s worth making

Don’t let some hell bent heart leave you bitter, when you come close to selling out..reconsider! Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance. 

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance

I hope you still feel small when you stand by the ocean. Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens. Promise me you’ll give faith a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it our or dance…DANCE! I hope you dance! I hope you dance!

Blessings, Torben


28
Apr
08

Find me in the river

I really enjoy this Delirious? song Find Me In The River. It’s a simple song with very simple, but interesting lyrics. The song, as far as I understand it, tells a story about a believer who has run dry. A believer who has tried on his own. A believer who has been living a surface Christian life. But now this believer has run dry. The well of self effort and religion can only sustain you for so long. It will run dry eventually. And now this believer is admitting that “we didn’t count on suffering, we didn’t count on pain, but if the blessing is in the valley, then in the river I will wait“. It’s so true that we often don’t count on suffering and difficulties in our walk with God. Even though Jesus made it painfully clear that we would experience problems and tribulations as his followers (John 15: 18-27 is just one example), we forget that. We forget that there is a cost to real, authentic discipleship and life and intimacy with God! Our flesh needs to be crucified. We need to lay down our ideas, thoughts, opinions, desires, dreams and allow God to call the shots and direct us. And he will lead us through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23), because he wants us to come to the place where we say that we will wait and endure anything as long as we will receive God’s life and blessings!

Torben 




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