Midnight Prayers & Meditations Volume Two

Album 28 of Music Inspired by the Holy Spirit since 2013

Original Keyboard Instrumental Prayers Featuring the Various Instrumental Voices of Guitar, Strings, & Piano Solos Performed by Suzanne Davis Harden, through the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, Inspired by the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God the Father, In Jesus’ name, amen.

Midnight Prayers and Meditations, Volume 2, is the second chapter of the album of original keyboard instrumentals inspired by the Holy Spirit. I published the first volume of Midnight Prayers & Meditations last Autumn in the twilight of 2020, forever to be remembered as the year of the Pandemic.

I had several of the songs on this second volume ready to publish even back then, but the Lord had me wait to publish the current album for various reasons.
God’s word says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” ~Ecclesiastes 3:1 –
KJV

The Lord has blessed me with much music for His glory through the risen Lord Jesus Christ in me. But He only directs me to publish what He wishes according to His plans and purposes.
It is as if the Lord uses each song or composition to teach me that not everything is chosen for the spotlight right now, and yet everything is loved and special at all times.

All of the music He has blessed me with was created for His glory and glorifies Him in its own way whether it gets published a month from now, in six months or ten years, or whether it never gets published at all.
I truly believe that all of His music serves a divine purpose and brings Him glory in the way He has chosen in its own time.

If we could only understand that each one of us are like the musical compositions He inspires. We all exist because the Lord wanted to create us; He loves us all very much.

“Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him would not be lost but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world. He did not send Him to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through Him.” ~John 3:16-17 – ERV

God is infinite and His love and mercy toward us are measureless.

His thoughts are far beyond our thoughts and He does not think as we think.
We can’t wrap our minds around an infinite Being.


“The teaching about the cross seems foolish to those who are lost. But to us who are being saved it is the power of God. As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise. I will confuse the understanding of the intelligent.”
1 Corinthians 1:18-19 – ERV

God is as far above us as the universe is wide.
If we try to define Him by putting Him in a neat box of rationalizations we fail.
He is not a black and white formula.
He does not make sense at all to our rational minds.
He will blow us away when we truly come to know Him.

“So what does this say about the philosopher, the law expert, or anyone in this world who is skilled in making clever arguments?
God has made the wisdom of the world look foolish.
This is what God in His wisdom decided: Since the world did not find Him through its own wisdom, He used the message that sounds foolish to save those who believe it.”
1 Corinthians 1:20-21 – ERV

We will go insane trying to define Him in any traditional sense. He won’t be standardized, denominationalized, fit into neat theologies, philosophies, and so forth; for the minute we try we fall flat on our faces and He has to pick us up; dust us off and say, “Read My Word again.”

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 – KJV

We might not like or agree with His word in all its completeness.
And we might be tempted to pick and choose what we want to believe out of it.
But have we never considered listening to Jesus Christ?

Jesus teaches us how to read His word.
He spoke in parables.
He spoke in metaphor and pictures.

His word is spiritual.
Many of His disciples left Him when He spoke to them spiritually.

Jesus said, “My words are spirit and they are life. The flesh profits
nothing.” (John 6:6:63)

If we approach Christ and His word with a literal mind we are not going to know Him or understand His word.

We must walk by faith and not by sight. (*See 2 Corinthians 5:7)

We must trust and believe that He is real:


“Faith is what makes real the things we hope for.
It is proof of what we cannot see.
God was pleased with the people who lived a long time ago because they had faith like this.
Faith helps us understand that God created the whole world by His command.
This means that the things we see were made by something that cannot be seen.
Without faith no one can please God.
Whoever comes to God must believe that He is real and that He rewards those who sincerely try to find Him.”
Hebrews 11:1-3,6 – ERV (Easy To Read Version B
ible)

I sing by faith.
I play the keyboard by faith. I have no real background in music.
Really.
All of my background and training are in the visual arts.

I did not grow up with any musical gift or any idea of becoming a musician.
My whole passion and goal was to become a visual artist.
Art was the love of my life. Music merely existed to stimulate my artistic creativity. In other words, I listened to it while I created my art.

God sovereignly gave me a gift of music in 2009 and I accepted it by faith.
Since then I have played the piano nearly every day; songs the Lord gives me by faith.
My songs are more like prayers ascending to Heaven.
I pray and it is the risen Lord Jesus Christ within me by His Holy Spirit who inspires the music and who plays through me.

It is the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ within me who creates all the music.
I know that sounds strange.
But Jesus Christ is a risen, living Savior.
He is alive within me!

This is what Christianity teaches.
Jesus said, “On that day you will know that I am in the Father. You will know that you are in Me and I am in you. Those who really love Me are the ones who not only know My commands but also obey them. My Father will love such people, and I will love them. I will make Myself known to them.” ~John 14:20-21 – ERV (Easy To Read Version Bible)

If someone who calls themself a Christian says this is not true then they are denying the Lord Jesus Christ.
For Jesus Christ said He is a living, risen Savior.
He said that He has risen from the dead, that He lives inside those who accept Him as their Savior and Lord, that He seals them with His Holy Spirit, that He does give His children gifts with which to glorify Him on this earth, and that no one can dictate to Him what kind of gifts He is allowed to give His children.
The Lord is a God of miracles and He is in the Heavens, the Bible declares, and He does whatever He pleases.

“Our God is in heaven, and He does whatever He wants.”
Psalm 115:3 – ERV (Easy To Read Version Bible)

God did what He wanted when He gave me the gift of music.
I praise Him for this beautiful gift and will use it to glorify Him for as long as He enables me to by His almighty grace and power.

For it is through Christ alone that I can create any music or do any of the creative things He blesses me with.

I will publicly proclaim that it is the risen Lord Jesus Christ in me doing these works because when Christ walked the earth He said it was His Father in Him who did the miracles that He accomplished and not Himself.


“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” ~ John 5:19 – KJV (King James Version Bible)

The Bible asserts that we are to live as Christ lived who always glorified His Heavenly Father.


I want to always glorify my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as far as He enables me to.


“He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” 1 John 2:6 – KJV

Surely I fail miserably at walking as Jesus walked because I’m not perfect like Jesus was. But I know that following Christ is a little like driving.

If I point my car at some target and drive toward it, then I’m more likely to get to my object than if I don’t aim at any goal at all.

So every day I try to aim my whole heart at the Lord Jesus Christ. Sometimes I have fender benders, sometimes I run off the road into the ditch when I take my eyes off my Lord, sometimes another “car” runs into me and hurts me terribly; then I have to forgive them.
So many things can happen on this journey with Christ.
But God’s word has good directions to follow to help me.
And Christ’s love sustains me.
Jesus has paid the price for all my sins on His cross.

When I confess them to Him and tell Him I’m sorry for grieving Him, He forgives me, dusts me off and sets me right again on my journey with Him.
God is love. (1 John 4:8)
He loves me more than I will ever begin to comprehend.

If I meditate on Christ’s suffering on the cross maybe I can understand a little about God’s love.
His agony and death on the cross make me weep.
For I learn that God loved me so much that He would allow Himself to be tortured to pay the price for my sins to be forgiven so that I could be His child and be given eternal life and fellowship with Him.

Not only that, but so that He could put a portion of His Holy Spirit inside of me and bring glory to His name throughout Heaven and earth through my weak vessel to demonstrate His reality.

God is real.
Christ is real. He lives inside of me and has made all of the music I’ve published through me.
Twenty eight albums inspired by the Holy Spirit now since 2013.

But more importantly, Christ wants a living, vital relationship with people.

Jesus Christ wants all to believe in His reality in the 21st century: that He is a living, resurrected Savior, not someone who only lived two thousand years ago only to be studied and quoted by an elite few.

If He can use a weak vessel who suffers from daily migraines,
ME Chronic Fatigue syndrome, and painful fibromyalgia to accomplish His purposes on this earth, then I know that He can use anyone who will simply believe and walk by faith to glorify Him.

The Lord Jesus Christ wants to live and shine through all who will invite Him into their hearts and who love and obey Him~ “For there is no respect of persons with God.” Romans 2:11 – KJV

May those who hear my music understand this message and be encouraged to believe that Christ cherishes them and desires an abiding, eternal friendship with them.

Jesus said, “He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.
… If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him.” ~John 14:21,23 – KJV

May our merciful loving God be forever honored, loved, and praised. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Midnight Prayers & Meditations, Volume Two, is dedicated to my Heavenly Abba Father, Beloved Lord Jesus Christ, and Beloved Lord Holy Spirit, through the risen Lord Jesus Christ, inspired by the Holy Spirit, to the glory and honor of God the Father, to proclaim their praises throughout the earth. In Jesus’ name, amen.

*Special Thanks and Dedication to my beloved husband Mark for all his technical assistance in Copyrighting my music and uploading my files despite many recent health challenges. May God bless you forever and always for all you do, sweet Mark!

Peaceangelsong, Copyright © 2021 by Suzanne Davis Harden, Inspired by the Holy Spirit, All Rights Reserved. Midnight Prayers & Meditations, Volume Two, Copyright © (P) 2021, by Suzanne Davis Harden, All Rights Reserved.

Scripture Quotations from the ERV (Easy to Read Version Bible) Copyright © 2006 by Bible League International

The Rabbit Writer

I drew this whimsical rabbit writer several years ago when I was doing a lot of pen & ink work before I came down with the virus that caused my auto immune illness.
In those days I drew and painted or wrote incessantly; from the time I woke up until I went to bed at night.
Like the rabbit character in the illustration I was always thinking of something to draw, write, or create.
I was certain that the Lord had put me on the earth to make things.

That is until I got sick with a mysterious debilitating virus and could neither write or draw, or even walk or do anything for almost four months but sit in a darkened room.
I experienced excruciating migraines.


I prayed fervently and listened to the Lord. He spoke to my heart. He told me that I had value apart from my gifts.

The Lord said that if I never drew or painted or wrote another thing, but just sat in my chair in the dark and prayed to Him I was still glorifying Him by living for Him.


For to live for Him as He chose for me to, even if I had no gift or talent to display, was to glorify Him, as long as I was doing His will, and not my own will.


He told me that I thought I had no value apart from my gifts and He needed to assure me that my value did not rest in what I could or could not do, in my gifts or talents, in my occupation, in my role as a mother or wife, in what I did for any church, in where I lived, or what kind of car I drove, or my economic status, and so forth.


My value as a human being came from Him, for I was His creation made in His holy image.
I needed to understand that.
Nothing I did or did not do could or would change His love for me.


Christ had redeemed me apart from my merits, I did nothing to earn His salvation, His grace, His forgiveness.
God loved me for me.


The Lord spoke these things to me every day.
And all I could do was listen.
It was very hard to go from someone who had walked six miles a day and created all the time, to someone who could do nothing.

As much as most might tend to avoid such verses, I clung to scriptures like those penned by the prophet Jeremiah below:


“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.
He sitteth alone and keepeth silence,
because He hath borne it upon him.
He putteth his mouth in the dust;
if so be there may be hope.


He giveth his cheek to Him that smiteth him:
he is filled full with reproach.
For the Lord will not cast off for ever:
But though He cause grief,
yet will He have compassion
according to the multitude of His mercies.


For He doth not afflict willingly
nor grieve the children of men.
Lamentations 3:24-26,28-33 – KJV

We take for granted that if we have many talents then it is the Lord’s will that we use all that energy like mad and think we are doing it for His glory.


In my case the parable of the talents haunted me.
I didn’t want to get to Heaven and have Christ say to me that I had hidden the talents He had invested in me.


I’d had that parable drummed into me since I was a child.
But when I got sick I discovered He wanted me to sit at His feet and worship Him and love Him and listen to Him and get to know Him.


He wanted to be my God, not art and writing and creating things.
For all those things I was making were going to burn up some day, but only those things I did that were truly His will would abide forever.

(“And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” 1 John 2:17 – KJV )


For the things that are God’s will bear eternal fruit. But the things that I manufacture from my own plans, purposes, and goals are born out of my own worldly desires.


Jesus said, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24 – KJV


When the Lord finally restored me, He never gave me back the health I had enjoyed before I got that simple virus that changed the whole course of my life back in 2007.


He promised me back then that He was going to heal me, but that my healing was going to be a journey.


It was like I had fallen from the top of a great mountain and now the Lord was going to walk with me every day as we climbed together back up.

But this time I would go with Him, I would be getting to know Him, and holding His hand every day, and learning His voice and doing His will and not my own.


He had to knock that false god out of my heart that I had not known I had. For indeed I had believed I was worshiping Him and doing His will.

But through my illness He showed me that the light within me was very dark.


God is indeed merciful. We can be completely blind to our idols.

How I thank Him now that He came along and set me straight. As the Psalmist wrote: “Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.” ~Psalm 119:67 – KJV

I lost track of my Rabbit Writer Illustration for many years, then when I was going through my files recently I found him again and thought he’d make a great gift for my Peaceangelsong’s shop.


So I asked the Lord if He would inspire a good digital card from this illustration and He gave me this one.

https://peaceangelsongsgifts.com/collections/digital-fine-art-encouraging-cards-1/products/digital-download-writer-at-work-digital-art-card-illustrated-by-suzanne-davis-harden

May this whimsical card inspire the writer or even the artist in you and be a card that will always bring a smile to your face!

The Lord also gave me a companion poetry print for this illustration~ see the variation in our shop; it is a whimsical take on the rabbit writer.

https://peaceangelsongsgifts.com/collections/digital-fine-art-encouraging-cards-1/products/digital-download-writer-at-work-digital-art-card-illustrated-by-suzanne-davis-harden

If you identify with this poem, then it’s simple to download, print and frame and add to your office.
Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you will come visit us at my new Peaceangelsong’s Gifts Shop! (My Shopify Store) https://peaceangelsongsgifts.com

Whether you choose to just browse or purchase anything, I’d love for to visit us. May you be encouraged by the gifts the Lord has given me to share with you!

In His Grace~Suzanne

Reprinted from Peaceangelsong’s Gifts Blog by Suzanne Davis Harden; Copyright © 2021 SD Harden, All rights Reserved.

Poems and Illustrations, Copyright © by Suzanne Davis Harden, Through the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, Inspired by the Holy Spirit, to the Glory of the Heavenly Father, In Jesus’ name, amen, All Rights Reserved.

Make A Joyful Noise

Make A Joyful Noise

In my painting “Make A Joyful Noise” the flute player’s hands are large, and seem clumsy as she plays her instrument. 

In God’s word, the Psalmist tells us to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. It does not matter whether we are talented singers or musicians. 

He just says, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord…” Psalm 100:1

God loves each of us. He created us to worship Him just as we are with whatever skills and talents we have.

It brings God joy when we accept ourselves for who He created us to be. We honor Him when we don’t compare ourselves with others. We may feel clumsy and awkward, as if we don’t measure up in some way, but God says, “Make a joyful noise!”

Jesus said, “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.” ~Matthew 5:5 (The Message Bible)

In my painting, the Flute Player is playing her flute anyway, even though she seems unsure, unsteady, with her large awkward hands.

Sometimes God will ask us to do something that we don’t feel we have the right skills for, are incompetent to do, or that we might fail in. 

Yet God asks us to trust Him anyway, to walk by faith. “For we walk by faith and not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)

He asks us to believe His word that says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

He asks us to trust in the power of His grace to help us with every challenge.

Each one of us are very important to God’s plan, though we might not realize our importance to God this side of eternity.

We may feel awkward, unsteady and clumsy like the flute player in my painting. But we must walk by faith, trust God, and obey Him, and do whatever He asks of us anyway.

For in the end, He will make a lovely song out of our joyful noise we have made unto Him whether or not we were competent in the thing He called us to do.

For God does not base His calling on our talents, skills, or appearances. All He asks is a willing, humble and faithful heart. 

Jesus said, “You did not choose me. I chose you. And I gave you this work: to go and produce fruit—fruit that will last.” John 15:16

May it be our prayer to have a willing, faithful heart that will humbly obey the Lord, no matter what He asks of us each day.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of my life, and that You created me to be just exactly the way You wanted me, and that when I am myself, I glorify You. Thank You that I bring You great joy when I am satisfied with who You created me to be and believe all the wonderful things that You say about me and not listen to doubts and fears. I love You, Lord! In Jesus name, amen.

“Make A Joyful Noise” Original Fine Art Print Is Available in my Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/257925019/original-art-print-make-a-joyful-noise

 “Make A Joyful Noise” © 2015 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved. Angelsong ©2017 SD Harden All Rights Reserved. Scripture References: King James Version Bible/The Message Bible: Copyright 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson All Rights Reserved./ New King James Version © 1982 Thomas Nelson All Rights Reserved. / New International Version Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Lord, Help Me Wait

  “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” ~Psalm 27:14

Lord, help me to wait on You, to trust in You, and be patient.

For Thy word promises that “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

Help me remember when times are tough that You have never failed me before and You never will. For Thy word promises “God has said, “I will never abandon you or leave you.” ~ (Hebrews 13:5)

Help me to walk by faith and to never lose hope, but to always believe in Thy beautiful promise:“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love Him.” ~ (1 Corinthians 2:9)

Lord, thank You for all of the beautiful promises You give us to encourage us from Thy holy word. 

Help us to treasure them in our hearts and live by them. 

For Thy word assures us, “God keeps every promise forever.” ~Psalm 146:6 (NLT) 

I love You, Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

I Will Wait For The Lord

God Keeps Every Promise Forever