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My 2014 Playlist

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As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, music is one of the things that I believe is very essential in my Christian life. Since 2014 is a sort of a year of roller coaster of emotions for me, music has played a great role in keeping me sane. So for this post, I’d like to share some of the music that God has somehow used to minister to me and encouraged me during my bad days. As what the leader in our church said before, praise and worship songs are prayers with melody so some of them have become my own prayer.

1. Help Me Find It by Sidewalk Prophets

Every word from this song speaks truth to me and it has become my own prayer during the later part of the year.

If there’s a road I should walk
Help me find it
If I need to be still
Give me peace for the moment
Whatever Your will
Whatever Your will
Can you help me find it
Can you help me find it

2. Finish Last by Stellar Kart

This song reminds me of my life purpose, that is, to live a life pleasing to God by loving Him and loving others. It also reminds me of one of the biblical truth that has somehow become my life verse: “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36)

I want to finish last
Last in the world’s eyes
No matter what I do
I will be first in your eyes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBj9ptBMrFA

3. Beautiful Times by Owl City

I am not really a fan of Owl City before but because of the constant promotion of a friend and a sister in Christ who is a fan, I got curious.  So I  tried to explore Owl City and I discovered this song. The lyrics is a little bit sad but it gave me a lot of encouragement. 🙂

I fought all through the night
Oh, oh, but I made it alive
The sun’s starting to rise
Oh, oh, these are beautiful times
This fight of my life is so hard, so hard, so hard
But I’m gonna survive
Oh, oh, these are beautiful times

4. Refiner’s Fire by Brian Doerksen

I love the simplicity and the message of humility from this song. This song has become the constant prayer of my heart. It also reminds me of the truth that apart from Christ, I am nothing and self – improvement program is useless if it’s not done with the power of the Holy Spirit. If I want to become more Christ-like in character and in ministry, I need to involve the Holy Spirit more in my life and ask Him, first and foremost, to change my heart. “Create in me a pure heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

Refiner’s fire
My heart’s one desire
Is to be holy
Set apart for You, Lord
I choose to be holy
Set apart for You, my Master
Ready to do Your will

5. Count your Blessings

I’ve learned about this song from our Pastor during his message for our church’s Thanksgiving Day celebration last July. I was so down and discouraged that time so listening to this song has really gave me comfort. The song has also inspired me to make counting my blessings a daily exercise.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
*Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
[*And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.]

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fMjgS4vu4o]

6. My Own Little World by Matthew West

I randomly came across with this song one morning but the lyrics got stucked with me the whole year. The song had really made me feel guilty of how am I currently living my life of indifference. One of my comfort zones is spending time and doing things alone and the song has somehow challenged me to go out of my own world and try to reach out to other people.

In my own little world
it hardly ever rains
I’ve never gone hungry,
always felt safe
I got some money in my pocket, shoes on my feet
In my own little world:
population — me
I try to stay awake during Sunday morning church
I throw a twenty in the plate but I never give ’til it hurts
And I turn off the news when I don’t like what I see
It’s easy to do when its population — me

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gR57M80-rzE]

7. Love Has a Way by The Brilliance

This song was shared to me by a friend last Christmas and I honestly find the song very sad because of the lyrics. I never thought that the song would speak true to me until the 2nd half of the year and true enough, (God’s) Love has its own way of finding and redeeming us.

I can’t find a video and audio online so I’ll just share the and lyrics here.

Wake up each morning all alone
And you don’t have the strength to face it
Cause when the sun goes down it’s cold
You don’t know if your heart will make it
Keep on holding on
Love has a way of finding us
Just when you think that all is lost
So if you feel like giving up
No love is never too far
So everyone you know is fake
Their petty games, oh you can’t take it
And so you push them all the way
When you know you
Are just as guilty as the others
Keep on holding on
Love has a way of finding us
Just when you think that all is lost
So if you feel like giving up
No love is never too far off
Give a little love (love, love)
Give a little love
Give a little love (love, love)
Give a little love
Yeah give a little love (love, love, love, love)
Love
Tragedy remains alive
I don’t know why
I don’t know why
But in this darkness there’s a light
If we hold each other tight
We’ll make it through in a little while
Love has a way of finding us
Just when you think that all is lost
So if you feel like giving up
No love is never too far off
Give a little love (love, love)
Give a little love
Give a little love (love, love)
Give a little love
Yeah give a little love (love, love, love, love)
Love
Yeah give a little love (love, love, love, love)
Love
Yeah

Update: I made another lyrics video for this!

 

8. My Heart, Your Home 

This song is also the prayer of my heart. I want the Lord Jesus to become my all and all.

Come and make my heart Your home.
Come and be everything I am and all I know.
Search me through and through ’till my heart becomes a home for You.
A home for You, Lord.
A home for You, Lord.
Let everything I do open up,
A door for You to come through,
And that my heart would be a place where You want to be.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36JOVeEnCGQ]

9. (There’s Gotta Be) More to Life by Stacie Orrico

Although I’ve heard this song a lot of times before, I never paid attention to its lyrics so I didn’t know that the song has a very powerful message.  Also, I didn’t know that Stacie Orrico is a Christian. The song is actually a reminder for me of what the Teacher from Ecclesiastes says:Every thing is vanity and chasing after the wind.” Only Jesus can satisfy the deepest longing in our hearts.

There’s gotta be more to life
Than chasing down every temporary high to satisfy me
‘Cause the more that I’m
Tripping out thinking there must be more to life
Well it’s life, but I’m sure there’s gotta be more
Than wanting more

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwxNFlvj5Dw]

10. Blessed be Your Name by Matt Redman

I don’t know why but sometime this year, I’ve played this song almost every day. There’s really something in this song that really makes me feel happy. Maybe because it’s really good to praise and bless the Name of the Lord. 🙂

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in Lord,
Still I will say
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnWKehsOXu8]

So there. I hope you’ll like my playlist too. 😀

Comments

December 24, 2014 at 1:56 pm

#7 has great lyrics, will check this in YouTube. I like Stacie Orrico’s song, too. Oh, what will life be without music? 😉



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