Tuesday, June 09, 2009

so much more than a concert...

On May 30, 2009, I went to the most amazing concert ever.  Laurel, Jenny & I went to see Hillsong United in Nashville.  (Remember how excited I was about this a couple of months ago?) I had high expectations. I knew it was going to be awesome. It was Hillsong. I love them.

Once it began, I realized that my expectations weren't even high enough. By the 3rd or 4th song I could tell that this was going to be so much more than a concert...

You see, I had expected to hear the songs that I love. I'd expected to hear a lot of new ones too. I expected an incredible concert, of course.

I did not (for some reason) expect God to show up like He did.
I did not expect to feel so alone with God in the midst of all those people and blaring speakers.
I did not expect to find myself in such earnest and absorbing conversation with Him.
I did NOT expect to be moved to tears.
I didn't expect any of that.
I just expected a concert.
I love that HE surpassed all of my expectations.

But that's so like our God, isn't it?

I have so much more I'd like to say about it, but I really don't think my words can do my heart justice here. And maybe that's how it is supposed to be... Maybe some things aren't meant to be shared... And maybe that's part of having an intimate relationship with HIM...

I do want to leave you with the words to one of the songs off Hillsong United's newest album, Across the Earth: Tear Down The Walls. And I'd encourage you to check out this entire album. It's definitely one of my new favorites.

Tear down the walls. 
See the world.
Is there something we have missed?
Turn from ourselves.
Look beyond.
There is so much more than this.

And I don’t need to see it to believe it.
I don’t need to see it to believe.
Cause I can’t shake this fire deep inside my heart.

Look to the skies.
Hope arise.
See His majesty revealed.
More than this life.
There is love.
There is hope and this is real.

And I don’t need to see it to believe it.
I don’t need to see it to believe.
Cause I can’t shake this fire burning deep inside my heart.

This life is Yours.
Hope is rising as Your glory floods our hearts.
Let Love tear down these walls.
That all creation would come back to You.
It’s all for you.

Your Name is glorious, glorious.
Your Love is changing us, calling us.
To worship in spirit and in truth.
As all creation returns to You.

Oh or all Your sons and daughters.
Who are walking in the darkness.
You are calling us to lead them back to You.
We will see Your spirit rising.
As the lost come out of hiding.
Every heart will see this hope we have in You.

For Your Name is glorious, glorious.
Your Love is changing us, calling us.
To worship in spirit and in truth.
As all creation returns to You.

  

3 comments:

Corey & Alisha said...

I am so glad the concert was awesome! I knew it would be. I know you loved getting away with friends and sharing this great experience together. Have a good week!

Lance said...

Sounds great! I think there are times for keeping things to yourself (perhaps like Mary "treasuring these things in her heart"), but I think more often (much more often than most of us are probably comfortable with) He intends us to share. So, thanks for sharing (at least some of it). (Sorry for all the parenthetical statements.) :0)

KCxdSunshineBand said...

good stuff (I listened to it via youtube).