Song of the week:
Hope is What We Crave, For King and Country
Like a thirsty desert nomad seeking even a drop of water, we’re all wandering through this sometimes broken life looking for a single sign of hope – something, anything to believe in. For King and Country breathes emotive life into our inherent longing for hope and God’s fulfillment with their latest song, Hope is What We Crave . It’s haunting, touching and beautiful.
Hope is what we crave, and that will never change
So I stand and wait
I need a drop of grace to carry me today,
A simple song to say
It’s written on my soul:
Hope’s what we crave
Restore, Chris August
This beautiful and touching song by Chris August, with his artful crooning voice is meant to both lament the dismal state of marriage in our modern society and yet offer hope that redemption is always possible with God – even healing what someone might view as their own irretrievably broken marriage. Yet, I find in August’s Restore a hope that God works on all things in which we might be tempted to give up – an addiction, job loss, other broken relationships, or in what some may feel is just a hopeless life due to whatever calamity has befallen them. August’s chorus says it all –
I know you’re feeling like it’s falling apart and it can’t go on anymore
But God is a God who knows how to heal so just give it up to the Lord
And He will restore
Need You Now, Plumb
Are you stumbling in the dark – wandering through life with pain that is nearly unbearable? If you feel like the circumstances in your life barely let you breathe, then Tiffany Lee of Plumb has heard your cry and sings your hopeful lament to God with her evocative, pleading vocals and the urgent, blaring tune of Need You Now.
Sheer beauty, it captures the angst of despair banging against the promise of hope….
How many times have you heard me cry out
“God please take this”?
How many times have you given me strength to
Just keep breathing?
Oh I need you
God, I need you now.
How Many Kings by Downhere saw a lot of radio play this last Christmas season but this song is just too good to play seasonally! A wonderful song of praise – it captures the worship, joy and thrill of Jesus’ presence in our lives.
Give it a listen, let it seep into your soul and blossom with beauty!
Follow the star to a place unexpected
Would you believe, after all we’ve projected,
A child in a manger?
Lowly and small, the weakest of all
Unlikeliest hero, wrapped in his mother’s shawl –
I Need a Miracle
At some point in every life, we will all find ourselves hoping, wishing and praying for a miracle in response to what may seem like a hopeless situation. Third Day’s I Need a Miracle reminds us that miracles are possible, no matter how remote we might think the possibility. Culled from true stories, Third Day weaves these real stories of everyday people into this southern-rock infused song of promise and hope.
Well no matter who you are and no matter what you’ve done
There will come a time when you can’t make it on your own
And in your hour of desperation
Know you’re not the only one, praying
Lord above, I need a miracle
Ever have a bad day, a rough week or are you struggling through endless months of pain and trouble? This softly-sung, gentle song will have you wanting to hum along with McDonald’s reassuring lyrics and simple tune. His hopeful words come from a dark place – during a time when he was mired in his own struggles, he was staring into the glowing coals of his backyard fire pit when he realized God’s promise to finish His good works in him (Philippians 1:6) meant he would indeed rise again from the ashes.
Yes I will rise
Out of these ashes rise
From this trouble I have found
And this rubble on the ground
I will rise
Cause He Who is in me
Is greater than I will ever be
And I will rise
Sometimes my heart is on the ground
And hope is nowhere to be found
Love is a figment I once knew
And yet I hold on to what I know is true……