photo by Elaine Heasley
We've been singing a song in church the past couple of weeks. This week we shared the story behind the song, the story of the songwriter, Mike Guglielmucci, who was diagnosed with cancer, went home, pushed record in his studio and wrote the song, Healer.
Worship can lift you from where you are, and take you to somewhere...it takes you to a higher place when you begin to magnify God and begin to worship God and chose what you magnify, because you could make the situation bigger than it actually is. It's powerful when you can just get the name of Jesus and lift God up, higher, bigger, stronger, cause that's what He is, but when you begin to see Him for that and when you begin to worship Him, it's amazing what you can get through. -- Mike Guglielmucci
I've been dealing with some tough stuff recently and this statement cut to the deepest chord. In the big scheme of things, I could make my situation bigger than it actually is... or I could take my eyes off of me and realize that God is bigger, stronger, working out His plan, for all our good.
here's the line that rang out for me... "choose what you magnify, because you can make the situation bigger than it actually is." This juxtaposed against the reminder of how big, strong, glorious our God is, it blew my walls down.
Friday night, as we sang this song, I watched a dear friend, stand to her feet and cry out to God. She's had a really hard time believing that God would heal her. Sometimes I think it's not so much a question of whether he "could" heal her, but whether he "would." As I sang the lyric and watched her, I came undone. Later, when we talked, she said something like this... a piece broke off... the idea being that the hard protective shell we put up to protect ourselves, which in the end seperates us from the Healing God who loves us... that a piece of it was broken away, as a result of the message and the reminder of that song.
Sometimes I get all crossed up with using the expression worship for the singing we do in church, but when it helps me to magnify God as his spirit moves in us to break down walls... I don't care what we call it. I just want to make sure that we keep creating moments where this can happen.
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