With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: It is Well by Kristene DiMarco, You Make Me Brave

Sunday, July 9, 2017

It is Well by Kristene DiMarco, You Make Me Brave

Think on These Things thoughts from John...

I recently watched a song video titled, It is Well, that inspired this week’s Sunday post. I've included the video at the bottom of this post. I was blown away by the words and the music. Though I really wish I could, I can’t sing. So, when I hear these very talented young people sing like Kristene, my heart praises God that He has given them the ability to write and sing songs that speak to my heart.

In It is Well, Kristene was able to marry a song of her own to the beloved old hymn…’It is Well with My Soul’. It begins soft and slow but continues to build into an awe-inspiring crescendo that literally gave me goosebumps. It ends soft and slow leaving you surrounded in God’s presence.

Toward the end of the song, a stanza struck me to ponder further…’The waves and wind still know His name’. That phrase immediately took me to the Bible passage in Mark 4:37-41…

A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

As we fast forward two millennia, to 2017…’The waves and wind still know His name’.

Curious to know a little more about Kristene and this song, I found a short backstory clip that was very interesting. In that clip she says…’I bet you everything knows His name and I bet you that everything we’ll ever face has already tasted some level of defeat or the entirety of defeat because of what He did. And so, there is really nothing to be afraid of.’ Wow, they are insightful words that really got me thinking. That took me to Romans 8:19-21…

For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

All of creation knows Him and awaits liberation from bondage and frustration caused by the first Adam’s sin into the freedom and glory of the children of God in the second Adam’s righteousness—Christ Himself! Praise be to God!
So, this takes me to what I believe is the most important stanza in the song for us to grasp in order to most effectively deal with our fears...'My eyes are on You'... Yes, as long as our eyes are on Him our worries and fears seem to melt away. I'm reminded of Matthew 14:29-31, the passage when Peter was in the boat and the Lord asked him to walk to Him on the water. He got out of the boat and started to walk as he focused on looking at Jesus but as he was distracted by the waves and the water, his fear over took him and started to sink...

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

This hustle bustle world we live in today has many things to distract us so we need to be diligent to focus on Him to keep us from our worries and fears.
'Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
It is well with me'

Yes, Praise God that it is possible that we can really say... 'It is well, It is well with my soul'.

Thanks for listening,

It Is Well
Kristene DiMarco 

Grander earth has quaked before
Moved by the sound of His voice
Seas that are shaken and stirred
Can be calmed and broken for my regard

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well
Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
It is well with me

Far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can’t see
And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well
Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
It is well with me

So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name

It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

because of who you are, Lord


Adrienne said...

Thank you SO much for sharing this wonderful song today. I first heard it when we visited my brother-in-law's church last year and it ministered to where I was then. It was the reminder I needed today!

NanaNor's said...

Hi Lorraine, I love this worship song and it touched my life before I had surgery two years ago-I was facing the possibility of cancer and I sang this song continually to help me trust more. The Lord doesn't care what you sound like, He just loves to hear our praises. So sing out, even if you are alone-I do.
So many wonderful songs come from Bethel Church in Redding, Ca.

Ann Thompson said...

What a wonderful song and i enjoyed readinb your thoughts on it

Susan said...

Hello Lorraine....I like the thought of all being well. Sometimes it doesn't SEEM that way but, as you know, if we keep our eyes on the Rock, it cannot be otherwise. Thank you for all your visits to my posts. Susan

Teresa baker said...

Beautiful! Thank you SO much for sharing.


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