We've all been there: those times in life when we feel distant from God, or that He's somehow afar off. We're desperate, we're longing; we feel like something's missing, like the passion is gone, like God's presence is not as real as it once was. Yes, we've all been there, but it's good to know that in the midst of what seem like the darkest and driest of times, God is always faithful to answer when we call. Today, we highlight such a cry of desperation: "Like You Promised" by Amber Brooks.
Now, the one thing that we have to remember when petitioning God in times like this is to keep it simple, and Amber does just that with this powerful worship song. The worshipper starts out asking God to come and "stir the stagnant waters." Yep, that's pretty much what we need right about now. Amber even addresses keeping the request simple: "I don't have all the right words to provoke You to want me." Yes, Lord; I'm at a place where I don't know what else to say, except that I need You, and more of You, right now. And so we have the chorus:
Won't you come, come like you promised
Pour out your Spirit, pour out your Spirit.
In coming the bridge, the worshipper is able to put themselves in remembrance of how much God loves them ("You love like a father,") and even the intensity with which He loves us ("fierce like no other.")
All it all, it's a simple song, but when it comes to those dry times of the soul, that's what we need as worshippers; we need to be able to just cry out to God and demonstrate how we long for Him, and then allow Him to come and fill us up as he so faithfully does. "Like You Promised" serves as a wonderful reminder of what Psalm 139 tells us:
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me. - Psalm 139:7-10 (NKJV)
I hope you enjoy "Like You Promised," and I hope that it can help you or someone you know through a time of desperation and longing.
You can listen to "Like You Promised" on the YouTube video below:
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