The essence of the Christian life is learning to fight for joy in a way
that does not replace grace. We must be able to say at the end of our
lives, “I have fought the good fight.” But we must also say, “It was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.” I have pursued Christ as my
joy with all my might. But it was a might that he mightily imparted. We must fight for joy in such a way that we prove Jesus true when he said, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:30). We will succeed in this battle when we can say with Paul in Colossians 1:29 that we are “struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” We struggle to bear the burden and carry the yoke. But he gives the power. All burdens are light to him. All yokes are easy to him. This too is something glorious to see in him. This too makes us glad in him. Trust him for this. Our joy in him will be the greater because we see him as the one who gives both the joy and the strength to fight for it.

John Piper, When I Don’t Desire God

Beautiful rendition of the hymn..brings back my HS band days

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“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Matthew 5:3-6 (ESV)

such a raw, beautiful rendition of this song

(Source: Spotify)

My soul clings to the dust;

give me life according to your word!

When I told of my ways, you answered me;

teach me your statutes!

Make me understand the way of your precepts,

and I will meditate on your wondrous works.

My soul melts away for sorrow;

strengthen me according to your word!

Put false ways far from me

and graciously teach me your law!

I have chosen the way of faithfulness;

I set your rules before me.

I cling to your testimonies, O LORD;

let me not be put to shame!

I will run in the way of your commandments

when you enlarge my heart!

(Psalm 119:25-32 ESV)

You inhabit the praises of Your people
You delight in the glory of Your son
In the love of the Father we will worship
In the Kingdom of God we find our home

The wonder of Your love
Will break the chains that bind us
The power of Your touch
Releases us to worship

(Source: Spotify)

i’ve been listening to this song a lot recently…so good

(Source: Spotify)

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