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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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    Volume 29: Pieces - Amanda Cook

    July 18, 2016

    Pieces - Amanda Cook

    Unreserved, unrestrained
    Your love is wild, Your love is wild for me
    It isn’t shy, it’s unashamed
    Your love is proud to be seen with me

    You don’t give Your heart in pieces
    You don’t hide Yourself to tease us

    Uncontrolled, un-contained
    Your love is a fire burning bright for me
    It’s not just a spark, it’s not just a flame
    Your love is a light, and all the world will see

    You don’t give Your heart in pieces
    You don’t hide Yourself to tease us
    You don’t give Your heart in pieces
    You don’t hide Yourself to tease us

    Your love’s not fractured
    It’s not a troubled mind
    It isn’t anxious, it’s not the restless kind
    Your love’s not passive
    It’s never disengaged
    It’s always present
    It hangs on every word we say
    Love keeps its promises, it keeps its word
    It honors what’s sacred, cause its vows are good
    Your love’s not broken
    It’s not insecure
    Your love’s not selfish, Your love is pure

    You don’t give Your heart in pieces
    You don’t hide Yourself to tease us

    You don’t give Your heart in pieces
    You don’t hide Yourself to tease us

    You don’t give Your heart in pieces

    1 John 1:5 – “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” 

    Psalm 52:8-9 – “But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good.”

    Amanda Cook - Pieces

    A pattern is defined as a combination of qualities, acts, tendencies, etc., forming a consistent or characteristic arrangement (Dictionary.com). In reflecting over the past 29 weeks of worship songs that have moved my heart enough to share them with you, I have definitely seen a pattern emerge. I am drawn to lyrics of songs that speak of our God’s unfailing love for us as well as the grace given to us through the sacrifice that Christ made on the cross. 

    My testimony does not include a Damascus Road moment. It doesn’t include a distinct moment of recognizing my depravity and turning from my sin to follow Christ. At the age of 5, when I asked Jesus to be the Saviour of my life, all I understood was that God loved me enough to send His Son to die for me and I wanted to spend eternity with Him.

    Throughout the many years that have followed since I prayed that prayer, my understanding of God has grown, been challenged, and grown some more. Life circumstances have altered the depth of love I have felt for God and also how I’ve felt God’s love for me. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” His love remains constant. Not ‘feeling’ His love or His presence in my life should not be reason enough to question it.

    Too many of us have an improper view of God. We fear a judgemental tyrant up in the sky waiting to send lightning bolts upon us when He catches us sinning. We wonder when the day will come that we finally have sinned beyond forgiveness and He will simply give up on us and remove His love from our lives. We project these incorrect ideas of what God’s love must be like since our only comparison is a depraved humanity. And, you know what? God’s love isn’t human – it’s supernatural! As much as we can understand love here on earth, it cannot compare to the love of God.

    Amanda Cook’s song, Pieces, is an amazing description of God’s love for us. He loves us without limit. He loves us even in our unlovable state. He simply and purely loves us. “You don’t give Your heart in pieces. You don’t hide Yourself to tease us.” God is not dangling a carrot in front of us, teasing us with the offer of His love, in order to withdraw it when we reach for Him. He is light. In Him there is no darkness – no sin. He calls us to Him, calls us to be enveloped in His love, and He calls us to live in the light of His love.

    May you know the love of God today and always. May you find confidence in knowing that His love is unchanging, unfailing, and unconditionally meant for you.

    May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. – 2 Corinthians 13:14

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