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Soul Crescendo

by Carolyn Majoran

Soul Crescendo was birthed out of my love for God as well as music that lifts up His name. While my musical taste may be somewhat eclectic, I pray you will find the blogs shared here to be an encouragement to you. Let the simple truths of God’s greatness and the music that brings Him glory be a balm to your soul. To Him be the glory always.

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  • Joy of the Lord – Rend Collective

    Though the tears may fall my song will rise
    My song will rise to You
    Though my heart may fail my song will rise
    My song will rise to You
    While there's breath in my lungs
    I will praise you Lord

    In the dead of night I’ll lift my eyes
    I’ll lift my eyes to You
    Though the waters rise I’ll lift my eyes
    I’ll lift my eyes to You
    While there's hope in this heart
    I will praise You Lord

    The joy of the Lord is my strength
    The joy of the Lord is my strength
    In the darkness I’ll dance
    In the shadows I’ll sing
    The joy of the Lord is my strength

    When I cannot see You with my eyes
    Let faith arise to You
    When I cannot feel Your hand in mine
    Let faith arise to You
    God of mercy and love
    I will praise You Lord

    How You shine with glory Lord of light
    I feel alive with You
    In Your presence now I come alive
    I am alive with You
    There is strength when I say
    I will praise You Lord

    The joy of the Lord is my strength
    The joy of the Lord is my strength
    In the darkness I’ll dance
    In the shadows I’ll sing
    The joy of the Lord is my strength

    When sorrow comes my way
    You are the shield around me
    Always You remain
    My courage in the fight

    I hear You call my name
    Jesus I am coming
    Walking on the waves
    Reaching for Your light

    The joy of the Lord is my strength
    The joy of the Lord is my strength
    In the darkness I’ll dance
    In the shadows I’ll sing
    The joy of the Lord is my strength

    Nehemiah 8:10b – “This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

    Psalm 28:7 – “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”

    “The joy of the Lord is my strength” is an amazing statement. When we go through trials or difficult times, we are supposed to look to the Lord for strength. But how easy is it when we’re struggling, to simply cave to the waves of doubt and depression and wallow in self-pity? For myself, I know this all too well. I firmly believe that God is trying to teach me to find my joy and my strength in Him alone. There is no one person or one possession that will be to me what God is to me.

    This song, Joy of the Lord by Rend Collective, was written in response to a miscarriage that a couple in the group experienced. Oh the heart-wrenching sadness that lost hopes and dreams can bring about! And yet, they sing about joy. How my heart needs to hear this! Even in the dark and painful times in our lives, we can find our strength in the joy of the Lord.

    In today’s culture, I think that the term joy tends to be connected to happiness. And, happiness can be connected to prosperity. For the Christian person, the joy we have in Christ does not always equate to happiness or prosperity in our day to day lives. If we never experienced times of trouble, what would cause us to look to Christ for help? Or for strength to get through the more difficult situations? Hardships and trials are faith-proving times that God allows us to go through to refine us into the person He wants us to be.

    My struggle in my hardships is to find the joy of the Lord during them. It is easy upon reflection, when the struggle is over, to see where God had been with me and helping me each step of the way. I pray that when I am being tested or put through a trial, I would be more prone to be joyful and to find my joy in the Lord. He sustains my life, He saves my soul, and He is my joy.

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