With and Without Fear

We had a women’s meeting this Saturday and Cindy D. did a great job speaking about whether opposition is confirmation that you’re on the right path or a warning that you’re on the wrong path (hint: both can be true, it isn’t that easy.)

But this post is about the worship time before the teaching. The first two songs were directed toward the Holy Spirit and both were very oriented toward images of waves and winds and floods.

Both worship songs are good songs but notice the difference in the symbolism of wind and wave and flood with the variable being fear. The first song is “Your Love Never Fails” credit to Chris McClarney and Anthony Skinner.

The wind is strong and the water’s deep 

I’m not alone in these open seas 

cause Your love never fails.

The chasm was far too wide 

I never thought I’d reach the other side but Your love never fails.

You stay the same through the ages

Your love never changes

There may be pain in the night but joy comes in the morning.

And when the oceans rage I don’t need to be afraid because I know that you love me 

And Your love never fails.

You make all things work together for my good.

 

Second song is Holy Spirit (credit to Bryan Torwalt and Kathie Torwalt)

Holy Spirit You are welcome here

Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere

Your Glory, God is what our hearts long for

To be overcome by Your Presence Lord.

Oceans, Waves, Floods, Atmosphere

With fear, these things are overwhelming but perfect love casts out fear without fear we can

Ride the waves, harness the wind, flood the dry places with streams of life-giving things, and do things we don’t even think as possible when we’re inspired (God-breathed) and our hearts are swelling with love. 

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