I thought I’d kick off the new year with a new series!
After weeks of trying to come up with a more exciting name I’ve settled with the VERY interesting name of…
Weekly worship lyrics
Well, it does the job doesn’t it?
This may just be me but I often find myself singing along to worship lyrics without actually thinking about their true meaning and it’s such a rewarding process to actually stop and think about the words your singing.
Words of praise carry power; they are the words that stir our spirits and help us connect to our Saviour.
I’ve been thinking about how certain lyrics apply to my life, how they make me feel and how they challenge what think and believe.
I decided to kick of the series with Hillsong’s ‘you have no rival, you have no equal’ from their track ‘What a Beautiful Name’.
It’s certainly a catchy tune, I found myself humming it for weeks after I first heard it. But it’s more than a well-written song. It’s full of powerful declarations about our Lord, and my favourite is that God has ‘no rival’ and ‘no equal’.
But what do those words actually mean?
A quick google search later…
Rival– a person or thing competing with another for the same objective or for superiority in the same field of activity.
Equal– a person or thing that is the same as another in status or quality.
God has the highest authority and status, and the lyrics are a reminder of his sovereignty and power.
BUT I think they also challenge us to ask ourselves… is that how we’re treating Him?
When you pray, do you talk to him like He has no rival?
When you worship, do you act like He has no equal?
If we believe that God has complete authority when we pray, we’ll be coming to him with BIG prayers, scary prayers. What’s your expectancy level?
If you’re convicted that God can do the unexpected, not only will you start asking, you’ll start preparing for big things to happen in your life.
That promotion, that grade, the Uni place you’re desperate for, a broken relationship to be healed- whatever you’re praying for, it’s NO RIVAL for God. He is greater, stronger and above the stresses and anxieties gripping you.
Not only is God greater than the bad things in our life, it’s also important to remind ourselves that the good things in our life are not equal to God.
This one is something I feel most challenged by, because there are SO many distractions today, fighting to steal our attention. Things that can appear positive can actually harm us if they are taking our eyes and hearts off of God.
I often find that I need to do a priority check and ask myself what I’m placing most importance over in my life… why not take a few minutes to do the same? Have a think about what’s motivating you, and what the main desire of your heart is.
No matter where you are on your journey with Jesus, please know that He adores you. The reason He wants us to treat him as our first love, with no rival or equal, is so that we can have the healthiest and most satisfying relationship with Him.
It’s a process though and we all fail (me- pretty much daily) so just rest in Him, make some time to get to know Him better and start praying BIG prayers.
Let me know in the comments what worship songs you’ve been listening to recently 🙂
Lots of love to you friends,