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July 18, 2010

Life Light Up

As many here know, on Sundays I have the privilege to help lead corporate worship for our local congregation. Every time I get a chance to sing a special song, I take time to meditate on the words, look for scripture references and often search a little bit of background...how the story came to be, etc.

This morning I got a chance to sing a song by Christy Nockels (one of my vocal heroes) called "Life Light Up". It was neat to see how the Lord placed this song in the heart of our worship Pastor because not only our message today was about the life of Esther, but also we had a number of people returning home from summer mission trips.

You can listen to the music and lyrics here.

The song it's a commitment to let our lights shine for Jesus no matter where we are and to give our lives to him as a complete offering. That's what true worship is all about.

I love what Christy said herself about this song so I wanted to share it here (if you find the time to read this I think you'll be blessed):

I started writing this lyric and chorus melody in the Autumn of 2007, after a Passion regional conference in Boston. The worship was explosive that weekend, and the anticipation of the students to see God move was life changing for me. When I flew home from that weekend I looked over the city from the airplane and a melody and lyric came from my mouth, "let my life light up like the city lights..." I prayed for the students, that each of them would have the courage to be a light in a dark place, and to take the songs we had shared together into their everyday lives... Upon returning home, I learned that I was invited to go on some of the Passion World Tour stops in 2008. I have to admit that I was fearful to go. I was mostly anxious about being that far away from my kids and not being able to get to them quickly if they needed me. This would be a mission of total trust, and one of humble obedience to the One I knew was calling me. The verse and pre-chorus of this song, for me, was my "yes" to God...realizing there will be moments and seasons He calls us to go beyond our comforts and trust Him with total abandonment.

Jesus said in Matthew 5: 14, "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." This is who we are as the people of God...we are a lamp set up on the lampstand...a city, set up on a hill for all to see. We are the light of the world...

What's even more amazing to me is that we've recently moved to a new city and into a new home and neighborhood. I can tell you that it has been just as much of a challenge for me personally to be a light in my own neighborhood, if not more challenging, than flying thousands of miles from home to "light up" in the darkest night. This song proclaims that He is the song we bring with us, and in us, into the darkest places of this world. It is a prayer and a proclamation that says, "my light will shine on earth and my Father will be praised!" This can look like a trip to China, or sometimes, it's just walking into "open house" with my kids at their public school down the street. Both are equally challenging for me...both require an "offering" of myself unto God, letting Him shine and show others His fame and His love through me in all that I do.

1 comment:

Berry Patch said...

I loved that song! I went and listened to it and read what she had to say about writing it. Thanks for sharing.