Musical Prayers

“If They Be Silent The Rocks Will Shout,” ~ an high energy instrumental song on my new release “All Glory To God Forever.”

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This song refers to a story in the Gospel of Luke:

And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt,
and they set Jesus thereon.
And as He went, they spread their clothes in the way.
And when He was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives,
the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice
for all the mighty works that they had seen;
Saying, “Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord:
peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.”
And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto Him,
“Master, rebuke thy disciples.”
And Jesus answered and said unto them,
“I tell you that, if these should hold their peace,
the stones would immediately cry out.”
Luke 19:35-40 KJV

Although the religious authorities had witnessed thousands of astonishing miracles performed by the Lord Jesus Christ in the name of His Heavenly Father over the past three years of His ministry, they refused to believe that He was from God.

Although Jesus always gave glory for everything He did to His Heavenly Father, and said He could do nothing apart from His Father, and though He taught sound doctrine with authority from the Scriptures, the religious leaders were determined to slander Him among the people and attribute His power to work miracles to the Devil.

DESPISED AND REJECTED

The religious leaders refused to accept Jesus Christ because He told them the Truth. He told them that they were corrupted hypocrites who were far from God. They looked pious on the outside, but were sinful and needed saving on the inside. They were self righteous and proud, and did not believe Jesus because they trusted that their good deeds were enough to save them.

They also put great confidence in their Jewish heritage. Because of these things they believed they could never be lost. Jesus told them that they were blind and deaf.

He said that if they did not accept Him then they would die in their sins.

However, they would rather kill Him than believe such a thing. And so they unmercifully had Jesus crucified on a cross.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who had never sinned, suffered and died for the sins of not only those who put Him to death, but for all humanity. Though He died, He rose again on the third day. The Father restored Him to life and gave Him a glorious new eternal body.

Because He died for our sins that we might have eternal life, not only should the rocks shout, so also should the rivers and trees, and all the earth cry aloud and give Him praise and glory and honor for His sacrifice that we might be forgiven for our sins and be cleansed by His spotless blood shed on the cross for us.

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11 – KJV

MUSICAL CONVERSATIONS

Prayer is a conversation between The Lord and me.

All of the music the Lord gives me is birthed in prayer and worship as well as in the Word of God.

The Lord recently revealed to me that the published songs He has given me over the past six years are not primarily for entertainment purposes, but He has sent them to be musical dialogues through which He can speak to our hearts by His Holy Spirit who inspired them.

To enter into the Lord’s musical conversation, first I start with the song’s title, listen to the music in prayer before the Lord, taking my bible along with me, and ask the Lord Jesus to speak to my heart what He wants to say to me through His word.

Jesus gave a promise to His disciples. He said that His Holy Spirit would guide them as they sought Him.

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in
My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance,
whatsoever I have said unto you…John 14:26 KJV
Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth:
for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear,
that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.” John 16:13 – KJV

Most all of my published song titles have biblical references.

The prayer song titles and hymns have lyrics that are straightforward. And all of my prayer songs have been inspired by the Bible, mostly the psalms. The scriptures that inspired each of them are in the prayer song books that feature the lyrics. It will inevitably be the Word of God that the Lord will use to speak to your heart as you sit down to listen to His songs. For that is what gave them birth.

How an individual song might apply to your personal situation is a matter for private prayer between you and Christ. He will make the matter plain to you. Trust the Lord Jesus.

Again, these are personal, holy conversations between you and the Lord Jesus Christ. Please keep them private between you and the Lord. That is the meaning of holy. Keep holy things between yourself and God.

Jesus said, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.”~ Matthew 6:6 – KJV

You may want to check some of things the Lord inspired me to make for a particular song because He never had me create something to no purpose.

For example, the Lord sometimes gave me a blog, scripture painting, or a video to include with His music. Again those things have their origin in the Word of God.

JUST A PIECE OF THE LOAF…

Perhaps you may only be able to hear clips of the songs.

May you know that it is not necessary to purchase any of the Lord’s songs.

The clips are usually long enough to hear what the instrumental songs are like. As for the songs with lyrics, again it is not necessary to purchase anything.

You can always borrow the prayer song ebooks through Kindle lending in order to discover their lyrics.

Find out what libraries the prayer song ebooks are in and borrow them that way.

I have made some of my prayer songs into music videos with the lyrics printed on them.

Nothing that is God’s will is to no purpose, just as your life is absolutely God’s will and you have a divine purpose.

“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.” ~ Ephesians 5: 17 (KJV)

The things that the Lord has had me produce and publish these past several years have been gifts and messages from His heart.

He never fails to speak volumes to me when I take the time to sit down and allow Him to converse about what He wanted to say to me through a song He’s given me.

It’s amazing how many biblical references the Holy Spirit really will guide us to when we stay quiet before the Lord and listen to Him!

“The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him.

The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him.

It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.” ~ Lamentations 3:24-26 (KJV)

I’m so thankful for this honor of being able to do our Heavenly Father’s work despite so many physical challenges.

These only serve to prove that it is Christ’s power doing the work in and through me. Otherwise there would be no way I could do these things.

“It is not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts…” Zechariah 4:6

May God bless you and speak to your hearts, comfort, and encourage you through all of His holy songs and gifts He has given me the privilege to share with you.

Love, peace, and grace,

Suzanne ❤️

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The God of All Grace Settle You

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“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” 1 Peter 5:10 KJV

I had intended this to be a short message introducing my new encouraging scripture music video about suffering that the Lord inspired me to make last week. He helped me make it to encourage myself as well as others who are suffering. The Bible assures me that I’m not the only one who endures challenges. How often we see this affirmed in our society every day.
1 Peter 5 helps me to keep it all in perspective. When I’m at my worse, I know that there are always many others out there somewhere who are worse off than I am.
God’s word exhorts us to pray for just that one who is in a deeper pit than ours when we imagine we are in the lowest depths of hell and that everyone else has it better than we do. It’s in our most painful moments that we are just certain that the Lord has left us and gone off to party with everyone else, now that He’s made our life a dung pile…tears for fears and pity poor me…:(
These are just the moments we need to turn to God’s Word because it’s in His Word that we find Him encouraging us.
Consider the verse I mentioned from 1 Peter 5:

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God,
that he may exalt you in due time:
 Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5: 6-7 KJV

These verses mean that if we pray when we feel burdened or disappointed or depressed or worried or stressed that we can know God hears us; that He cares about us and our needs. God loves us. He wants us to bring our burdens to Him, to pour our troubles out on His Altar. He is real and He is listening even though we can’t see Him. We grow close to Him in our suffering when we cry out to HIM.

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” 1 Peter 5:8-9 KJV

These verses are referring to our unseen enemy who is ever seeking to undermine us spiritually and pull us away from God through any means he can. And we must resist the enemy at all costs because what is more important than our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ who suffered and died on the cross to give us peace with God? This peace is what the enemy wants to destroy. Our peace with God and our fellowship with each other.
He sows hatred, strife, and dissension. He will use any means he can.
Resist him steadfast in the faith knowing that the same afflictions are being experienced by everyone else in the world.

In other words we are not alone in our trials.
Other people are being gossiped about, abused, slandered, persecuted, mocked, lied about, dishonored, treated shamefully…we are not singled out to be treated like cow pies.
So what does that mean?
We are not really cow pies~no!
We are God’s precious children, but the Apostle John wrote it’s just that the world has not got the eyes to see how special we really are.

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as he is.” 1 John 3:1-2 KJV

 

But one day the sons and daughters of God will be revealed and those who have treated God’s children so shamefully will be themselves covered with shame.
Amen! God’s word assures us that we are His jewels!

Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him
for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon His name.
And they shall be Mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son that serves him.” ~ Malachi 3:16-17 KJV

Don’t take my word for it~read God’s word and encourage yourself.
This is why the Lord inspires me to make scripture videos. His word is encouraging!

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” 1 Peter 5:10 KJV

God puts a boundary on all suffering that we endure. He will not give us more than we can handle. He knows what we can tolerate. All suffering is meant to refine our faith. (See 1 Peter 1, James 1)

11 To Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. “ 1 Peter 5:11 KJV

The word dominion means sovereignty or control. This verse means that God is in control over all things. Even though the enemy takes aim at us and tries to harm us, the enemy is on God’s leash and can only go but so far. He, like our suffering, has boundaries placed on him.
We serve a loving, merciful God. His love and mercy towards us reaches higher than the sky it says in Psalm 103.
Read and meditate on the verses below from Psalm 103 about God and His love for us. And then watch and listen to the scripture video He gave me to share with you. May our Heavenly Father encourage your heart with the scriptures and comfort you with His peace and love. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Psalm 103:8-19 *ERV
8 The Lord is kind and merciful.
    He is patient and full of love.

9 He does not always criticize.
    He does not stay angry with us forever.

10 We sinned against Him,
    but He didn’t give us the punishment we deserved.

11 His love for His followers is
    as high above us as heaven is above the earth.

12 And He has taken our sins
    as far away from us as the east is from the west.

13 The Lord is as kind to His followers
    as a father is to his children.

14 He knows all about us.
    He knows we are made from dust.

15 He knows our lives are short, that they are like grass.
    He knows we are like a little wildflower that grows so quickly,

16 But when the hot wind blows, it dies.
    Soon, you cannot even see where the flower was.

17 But the Lord has always loved His followers,
    and He will continue to love them forever and ever!
    He will be good to all their descendants,
18 to those who are faithful to His agreement
and who remember to obey His commands.

19 The Lord set His throne up in heaven,
    and He rules over everything.” Psalm 103:8-19 *ERV

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Thy Word Have I Hid In My Heart

The Word

A couple of years ago the Lord inspired me to create an Encouraging Scripture Promise Wall Calendar based on my Encouraging Card Collection. I loved my calendar for it would encourage me each morning with a promise from God’s word.

Whenever I was discouraged all I had to do was look up at the scripture on my calendar; somehow the Lord always used the bible verse to speak to my heart.

The promises in the Bible give us hope. And no wonder, for our God is “The God of hope.”(Romans 15:13)

The next year, I had three calendars printed.

I hung one in my kitchen, one at my work chair, and one beside my bed.

Anytime I felt sad or discouraged I would look up at one of my calendars, depending on which room I was in, read the bible promise, and be filled with fresh courage.

This year the Lord inspired me to create a new Wall Calendar featuring twelve comforting Bible Promises, one for each month of the year illustrated with my scripture paintings and collages.

He impressed upon me the importance of meditating upon His word every day, reminding me of Jesus’ words in Matthew 4:4 when tempted by the devil to turn stones into bread during His wilderness Temptations. Jesus fought the temptation with scripture:

“It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4

In rebuking the devil with scripture, the Lord Jesus was teaching us how to fight the enemy: with His word. In Ephesians 6:17 Paul wrote “to take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” as a vital part of our spiritual armor against the deadly attacks of our unseen spiritual foe who is out to destroy our soul.

Knowledge of God’s word is not only vital to our survival as believers in spiritual warfare, but the Psalmist said, “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee.” Psalm 119:11

hidden word

The promises of God comfort and give us hope, keep us from going astray, aid us in defeating our spiritual enemies, and they also guide us in the Lord’s paths of righteousness.

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105

“Every word of God proves true…” Proverbs 30:5

 word of god is true

The Apostle Paul  wrote that we grow our faith by nourishing ourselves with a steady diet of God’s Holy Word. For it is our spiritual food, that will help us grow closer to our God if we will make it our daily habit to read it and obey it.

In this way we will learn to understand the Lord’s will for us, to discern His voice in our hearts, and find out what pleases and displeases Him.

FAITH COMES BY HEARING GODS WORD

This year the Lord has inspired me to study and meditate on the bible promises on my calendars each month in a new way.

Each morning I plan to meditate on the bible promise for the month and pray about how it applies to me and where I am on my life’s journey with the Lord.

I’m going to ask the Holy Spirit to teach me new insights as I study the scripture more in depth along with other bible study tools, like the Strong’s concordance, the Matthew Henry Bible Commentary, and my Study Bible.

I plan to pray over the scripture throughout the month and ask the Lord to teach me new things about that promise each day. I have learned that we can never exhaust all of the riches to be found in God’s holy word!

“In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:3

I hope by studying God’s promises in this way, that by the end of each month I will have memorized each of the bible promises featured on the calendar.

By the year’s end, if I meditate on these verses daily,  then I will make them all my very own, for the Lord has shown me that this is one very good way to hide His word in my heart and make it my treasure.

I would be so honored if you would get one of my scripture calendars and join me in studying God’s promises each day.

May the Lord bless you!

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Help me to hide Thy word in my heart every day. Please use Thy word to help me become more like Thy Son Jesus Christ. Help me to always obey everything that You teach me from Your word, so that it doesn’t just go in one ear and out the other. I ask that You let Your word be my treasure now and for always. Thank you, Lord, I love you, In Jesus mighty name, amen.

 

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2018 Comforting Bible Promise Calendar

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The Cherished Of The Lord


THE CHERISHED OF THE LORD

The cherished of the Lord

Shall dwell within His heart,

And God shall cover them with grace

And from them not depart.

They shall dwell between

God’s shoulders like a child,

And there shall they find peace and hope

Through every stormy trial.

God who robes Himself with light

And dwells in clouds above,

Will hide them from the wind and rain

And shield them with His love.

The cherished of the Lord

Will ever sing God’s praise

Extolling Him who gave them life,

They’ll worship Him always.

(Prayer Poem & Scripture Painting) Copyright 2017 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.

Psalm 68:4 (KJV) “Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name Jah, and rejoice before him.”

Psalm 104:1-3 (ERV) “My soul, praise the Lord! Lord my God, you are very great! You are clothed with glory and honor. You wear light like a robe. You spread out the skies like a curtain. You built your home above them. You use the thick clouds like a chariot and ride across the sky on the wings of the wind.”
Deuteronomy 33:12 (KJV) “The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by him; and the Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.”

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, may You bless all who read this prayer, poem, and bible verse to know that You cherish them beyond anything they could ever imagine. 

Your word says that Your thoughts toward us outnumber the grains of sand by the sea in Psalm 139: 18, and Psalm 40 says You are always thinking about us. 

You don’t ever forget a single one of us though sometimes we may feel forgotten in our pain, loneliness, trial, or whatever challenge we may be facing. You are with us. The Bible is true. 

Isaiah 49:16 reveals that You have engraved a picture of us on the palm of Your hand and that “our walls” are ever before You. You see all our needs and the challenges that we are facing. You will never fail or forsake us. 

You love us without measure and that love is unconditional. You forgive all our sins and wash them as far away from us as far as the east is from the west according to Psalm  103: 12. 

That same Psalm declares: “The Lord has always loved His followers and He will continue to love them forever and ever!” Psalm 103:17 (ERV) Lord, thank You for Your great love for each of us! 

Lord, thank You for Your grace and mercy, and for sending Your Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins so that we could be saved and given eternal life with You. We love You. In Jesus name, amen.

 

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