Our New Song
“Shifting Shadows” by Melanie Tierce
By Melanie Tierce
(CBC Devotional by Sarah Sattler)
All throughout scripture we see God’s faithfulness, His unchanging nature, and His everlasting rule echoed time and time again. This song can serve as a reminder of these peace-giving truths for us.
“The things of earth only last for a season. Dust to dust it passes away and in the end God You alone endure. You fulfill all You have spoken. What You’ve said is done in Your name and in the end Your Word alone endures”
PRAISE THE LORD that the things of this earth only last for a season. Right now this season of covid is challenging for us all, it is full of hurt, anxiety, and uncertainty. Isaiah 40:8 says, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” In times like these it brings us great peace to know that the things of this world are temporary but we serve a god who’s word is true and will endure forever!
“You do not change like shifting shadows. Steady as the morning sun. When all is fading You remain, You stay the same, forever faithful”
This chorus should bring us great PEACE
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
We have peace because God is unchanging.
“Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.” Psalm 119:90
We have a peace because He is always faithful to us
“You’ve given life now we live eternal. What You provide is perfect and good, and through it all we have a hope secure”
This verse reminds us that our HOPE is secure.
1 Peter 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”
Our HOPE was sealed by the empty tomb!
Christ is our living HOPE
“From everlasting to everlasting God You reign. We stand in wonder forever singing highest praise”
The bridge is our response of PRAISE
Like much of the Psalms, in response to the promises, fulfillment, and faithfulness of God in His word, we are brought to a place of PRAISE.
Psalm 103:17 “But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—”
“Way Maker” performed by Cornerstone Worship
"Cornerstone Benediction" by Sarah Sattler
The beginning verse of the song comes from Isaiah 58:11 which says,
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.”
"In The River" by Jesus Culture
The Heart Behind The Song
In The River By Jesus Culture
Devotional By Sarah & Nathan Dollins
All throughout scripture, the life-giving Spirit of God is described like a fluid that fills the container it is ‘poured into’ (Isaiah 32:15, Ezekiel 39:29, Acts 2:17, Acts 10:45). Isaiah 44:3 says that God pours water on the thirsty and forms rivers on dry land. The Spirit is depicted as water that is poured upon God’s chosen vessels. Sometimes the life giving Spirit of God is a river, sometimes a fountain, other times a spring or a well.
“There is a river where goodness flows
There is a fountain that drowns sorrows”
In Genesis 2, God creates the garden and in verse 5, God is the only living thing there. Then He creates the river, before humanity or anything green is created, because without water, those things could not live. The life of God is like a river of water bursting out of the dry ground!!
“We come alive in the river”
In Ezekiel 47, Ezekiel is in the middle of a vision where a divine messenger shows him what God is about to do for Israel. Ezekiel is standing at the doorway of the temple and notices that water is “trickling” from beneath it. He is ankle deep in the water. The messenger leads Ezekiel through the waters until he is knee deep, then to where it is waist deep, then to where the water became a deep river, one that he could only swim in. The water “had risen” to the point where Ezekiel had to be brought back to the river’s edge. The messenger describes that the river flows miles away from the temple into the dead sea where its salt water suddenly becomes fresh water! “Everything will live where the river goes.” Ezekiel unknowingly found himself swimming in a river of life, emanating from the temple of God, where the Lord’s footstool was. The river was essentially coming from the throne of God Himself.
“Break open prison doors
Set all the captives free
Spring up the well in me!”
In John 7, Jesus uses the language of Ezekiel to describe what happens to a believer when God lives within them. “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’’ Jesus is essentially saying that the life-giving Spirit of God will FLOW out of our hearts when we believe. When God comes to us and takes up residence inside us, His life becomes a spring of water that wells up inside, setting us free from a dry and thirsty reality that is without Him. And everyone we come into contact with is in the splash zone!
This song is celebrating the unending power of God. He is our life-sustaining, joy-bringing, strength-supplying, sorrow-drowning, goodness-flowing water. We come alive in the river!
“Do It Again” by Elevation Worship
“Praise The Holy One” by Sarah Sattler
"See A Victory" by Elevation Worship
See A Victory By Elevation Worship
Devotional By Sarah Sattler
1 Corinthians 15:54-57 (NIV)
When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
The verses of this song bring images of war. We see many physical battles where God brought the Israelites to victory. A famous example can be found in Joshua 6 at the “Battle of Jericho” Joshua 6:20 says, “So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the people shouted a great shout, and the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they captured the city.” What a crazy story! An entire city was defeated with marching, shouting, and music. This is evidence that God is able to bring Victory for His glory in any circumstance.
In the second verse of the song, we have a reference to giants which is probably referring to the story of David and Goliath. To David, this is not so much physical battle as it is spiritual. He says to Goliath before he kills him, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” “and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.” 1 Samuel 17:45;47. This victorious encounter reminds us that God triumphs both physically and spiritually.
“I’m gonna see a victory, for the battle belongs to You, Lord.”
The ultimate battle on death has already been won when Jesus conquered it! “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,” Hebrews 2:14
“You take what the enemy meant for evil and you turn it for good”
The lyrics in the bridge reference Joesph as he is confronting his brothers after he rescues them from famine he says, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” Genesis 50:20 (ESV)
God. Has. A. Plan. When we feel like evil is surrounding us, God is working it together for good.
“Goodness of God” by Bethel Music
“Glorious Day” by Passion, Kristian Stanfill
“Yes I Will” by Vertical Worship
“King of My Heart” by John Mark McMillan