4.26.2009

What's Your Anthem?

OK, I read this in another blog and you may have too. But I thought it could be very meaningful to those of us who occasion this blog as a part of the epic community or as part of my life.

Post a comment describing your anthem. What is the song that is the sound track of your life or that you turn to for strength and faith in your current circumstance? A song, a poem, a scripture that seems to carry or express the situation of your life right now.

Here's one of mine. I was recently reintroduced to the song, and it has been playing in my head behind all that I've been doing and constantly challenging me to examine if I live like the redeemed of God... Challenging me to see if I'm shining or not.

"We Shine," by Steve Fee. Here's a portion of the lyrics.
Yeah, yeah, we shine, we shine, with the light of God
And when we speak, we speak with words of love
And when we dance, we may get a little wild
Cause we're the people of God, yeah, the people of God

When we sing, we sing, the angel's song
The ones they're singing around the throne
Yeah, yeah, we worship the King with everything that we are
Cause we're the people of God, yeah, the people of God

And now is the time for the poeple to rise
Lift up a shout, everybody cry out
Raise your voice, shout out a noise
And dance a dance of joy

We are the redeemed
We are the ones who are free
And we belong to Jesus
We are now alive
And in this world we will shine
Cause we belong to Jesus

How 'bout you? What's your anthem right right now?

9 comments:

Plunk April 26, 2009 at 5:52 PM  

For every major life experience I have had from college onward (driving to Texas, driving back, going to D.C., etc.) and all major road trips (Jeremy Beye and Cody Chapman can attest to this), I play "Take it Easy" by the Eagles. Usually, I try to play the entire album of the greatest hits, but that is my life theme song. And yes, I've driven through Winslow, Arizona...

Just Kim April 26, 2009 at 5:52 PM  

My newest anthem is Chris Tomlin's I Will Rise.

There's a peace I've come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There's an anchor for my soul
I can say "It is well"

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead


And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles' wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

There's a day that's drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes

Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead


And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles' wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
"Worthy is the Lamb"
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,
"Worthy is the Lamb"



And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles' wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise



It just about says it all...

justjill April 26, 2009 at 5:59 PM  

This is my life's anthem right right now!!
My life has led me down the road that’s so uncertain,
And now I am left alone and I am broken,
Tryin’ to find my way, tryin’ to find the faith that’s gone,
This time, I know that you are holding all the answers,
I’m tired of losing hope and taking chances,
On roads that never seem,
To be the ones that bring me home,
Give me a revelation,
Show me what to do,
Cause I’ve been tryin’ to find my way,
I haven’t got a clue,
Tell me should I stay here,
Or do I need to move,
Give me a revelation,
I’ve got nothing without You,
I’ve got nothing without You...

My life has led me down this path that’s ever winding,
Through every twist and turn I’m always finding,
That I am lost again (I am lost again),
Tell me when this road will ever end,
Give me a revelation,
Show me what to do,
Cause I’ve been tryin’ to find my way,
I haven’t got a clue,
Tell me should I stay here,
Or do I need to move,
Give me a revelation
I’ve got nothing without You
I’ve got nothing without...
I don’t know where I can turn
Tell me when will I learn
Won’t You show me where I need to go,
Oh oh,
Let me follow Your lead,
I know that it’s the only way that I can get back home,
Give me a revelation,
Show me what to do,
Cause I’ve been trying to find my way,
I haven’t got a clue,
Tell me should I stay here,
Or do I need to move,
Give me a revelation,
I’ve got nothing without You,
I’ve got nothing without You,
I’ve got nothing without You,
I’ve got nothing without You.......

Scott April 26, 2009 at 6:35 PM  

I have never had songs that stick out as particularly meaningful at specific times. Instead, I have had one song that seems to encompass a wide range of my experiences. When I hear it, I am drawn into my continued history with God.

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood;

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.

Peter P April 26, 2009 at 8:25 PM  

Currently: "There must be more than this" and "Going through the motions" by Matthew West.

They reflect the state of my mind right now

cyndimedina April 26, 2009 at 8:45 PM  

I'm part of the fellowship of the unashamed.
I have holy spirit power.
I've stepped over the line, the decision has been made; I'm a disciple of His.

I wont look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure.

Im finished and done with low living, sidewalking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, worldy talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, position, promotion, applause, or popularity.
I dont have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded.
I now live by faith, lean on his presence,
walk by patience.
I am uplifted by prayer and labor by power.

My face is set, my gate is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my God reliable, my mission is clear.

I cannot be bumped, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of my advesaries, negotiate at the table of my enemy, or ponder at the pool of popularity.

I wont give up, shut up, let up, until I've stayed up, stored up, prayed up, preached up, for the cause of Christ.
I AM A DISCIPLE OF JESUS.


Its so much more powerful when you watch it!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzMlgZvgqvY

"Infiltrate," by Worth Dying For.

Agvar April 27, 2009 at 3:10 PM  

My Anthem:
Bling (Confessions Of A King)
By The Killers.

Sam's Town, also by The Killers, is a close second.

Debra D. April 27, 2009 at 3:20 PM  

Even after having given my heart to Jesus more than 30yrs ago, the song that I can't get enough of right now, that I feel his Holy Spirit sweep over me when I listen to is:

"Born Again" by Third Day

Today I found myself,
after searching all these years, and the man that I saw, he wasn't at all who I'd thought He'd be,

I was lost when You found me here,
and I was broken beyond repair,
then you came along and you sang a song over me

It feels like I'm born again
It feels like I'm living
For the very first time,
For the very first time, in my life!

I wasn't looking for something that was more, than what I had yesterday,
Then You came to me,
Then You gave to me,
Life and a love that I've never known, that I've never felt before!

It feels like I'm born again
It feels like I'm living
For the very first time
For the very first time

It feels like I'm breathing
It feels like I'm moving
for the very first time
I'm living for the first time,
in my life!

sarah.allen April 30, 2009 at 10:08 AM  

"Great Are You" by Downhere always gets me. In fact as morbid as this sounds I told Adam that I want this song played at my funeral. This song expresses exactly how I feel about God especially when I'm surrounded by His beautiful creation...His creation that inspires me in my art. I just can't get enough! I want others to see God this way and I desire for my life to point to Him.

"How I love Your works
My God, My King
How I love Your works
My God, My King

Your Name rings on the plains
Like a not so distant train
And Love and history are near
In the flowers that you make
The flowers that you make

CHORUS

Because I'll never hold the picture
Of the whole horizon in my view
Because I'll never rip the night in two
It makes me wonder
Who am I, Who am I, Who am I
And great are you

How I love Your Word
My God, My King
How I love Your Word
My God, My King

Your love cuts through these pages to my heart
As you grieve our sins, right from the start
And sacrifice and paradise are in
The plans that you made, The plans that you made"

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