Seal

Sometimes as a songwriter, a song will come to you in bits and pieces, where you least expect them - this song came literally in the middle of the night, in the literal “middle of the night” as the phrase and melody “The fire burns… the fire burns …” When songs ‘start’ like this - when the Lord drops a song-phrase or theme in my spirit - I’ve learned to ask immediately of Him, “What are you wanting to teach me? Why are you highlighting this for me now? And what does this mean?” This phrase “the fire burns” also came during a crucial point in my faith-walk where I was learning more & more about finding complete security in the Love of the Lord.

These questions put me on a search of the scripture which led almost immediately to Song of Solomon 8:5-7 where it talks about a Love that burns like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame. (There is a love!!) Verse 7 says, “many waters cannot quench love, rivers cannot wash it away.” As I delved deeper into a study of God’s love, I found myself in the familiar passage of Romans 8 where we see the answer to the question, “what can separate us from the love of God?” In verse 38, Paul gives us the answer: “Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” There is a love … a love that burns like a blazing fire, a love that burns like a mighty flame that cannot be quenched: this describes the Love that God has for His beloved!

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My Desire

In Deuteronomy and John the writers say, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength,” and “A time … has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” After continually being drawn to and spending time in these scriptures, and after really pressing in to searching for the answer to the question ‘what is God looking for?’ my earnest response was a desire to give the Lord my whole heart in worship for all He has done for me. I know these verses speak also to a broader act of living a lifestyle of worship and not just musical worship, but because the Lord continues to draw forth a song-response from me, I knew this heart-cry needed to be written and sung in order to be fully realized by me, for me. It needed to become a part of me. This song has even aided in the process of what God is still doing in redeeming the gift of music, redeeming my voice, and continuing to draw me towards composition and songwriting. My hope is that these words and this song will become a heart-response for you as well in your pursuit of loving God with your whole heart.

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