Leading on from my last post, on our away day we looked at Psalm 98-100. 98 starts: ‘Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things’. The away day gave us some opportunity to create our own songs, new songs. So watch out for some never-heard-before songs, brought to you by the BLCC Worship Team. *Big thumbs up*.
Rend Collective are a folk-rock worship band from Northern Ireland. They started up back in ’07 and were at Big Church Day Out this year. We’ve played one of their songs before – You Are My Vision – which was a folk rendition of the classic ‘Be Thou My Vision’. The amazing thing about this band is that they are partnered with Vevo on YouTube (as you can see from the video above), which is a massive video hosting service, offering mostly secular music videos from major record labels. It’s great to see a Christian band out there among the ‘big’ artists in today’s society.
So let’s get into this new song: My Lighthouse.
In my wrestling and in my doubts: The wrestling reminds us of Genesis 32:22-32, where Jacob wrestles with God (I for one am always doing this – it must be a Jacob thing), and his named is changed to Israel, which means something like ‘He struggles with God’. This is the premise of My Lighthouse, praising the Lord through our struggles.
In the silence, You won’t let go: Luke 19:40: ‘I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out’. Remember??
You are the peace in my troubled sea: I love the refrain here, it recalls to memory the story of Jesus calming the waters in Mark 4:35-41. The troubled sea could be a metaphor for a number of things. It could be our lack of faith, like the disciple’s lack of faith as He slept on the boat during the storm. It could also be a metaphor for the world. We live in a troubled sea, on a tiny little boat, but our lighthouse (My Lighthouse, my Lighthouse) gives us the light in the darkness (Shining in the darkness), so that we are able to find our way; to follow Him (I will follow You). John 8:12: ‘I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.’
(Already gone over first two lines)
I will trust the promise: 2 Peter 1:4: ‘And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.’
You will carry me safe to shore: So the shore is life, our salvation. Our eternal life in Heaven – where we are meant to be. Our natural home – the safe shore of the land; Heaven.
I won’t fear what tomorrow brings: Matthew 6:34 ‘Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’
With each morning I’ll rise and sing: Psalm 59:16 ‘I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love’
Fire before us, You’re the brightest: Psalm 97:3 ‘Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side.’
You will lead us through the storms: Here we are reminded of Matthew 14:22-33, where Jesus and Peter walk on water.
The Bridge’s ‘fire’ is talking about the Holy Spirit, which is referred to as ‘a consuming fire’ in Hebrews 12:29. I found this article on the Holy Spirit and its fiery-ness. Here’s the first paragraph:
The Bible describes God as “a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29), so it is not surprising that fire often appears as a symbol of God’s presence. Examples include the burning bush (Exodus 3:2), the Shekinah glory (Exodus 14:19;Numbers 9:14-15), and Ezekiel’s vision (Ezekiel 1:4). Fire has many times been an instrument of God’s judgment (Numbers 11:1,3;2 Kings 1:10,12) and a sign of His power (Judges 13:20;1 Kings 18:38).
Enjoy this song, sing it loudly to the Lord. Hallelujah!