When in the Desert, Sing!

My daughter has been listening to Desert Song by Hillsong. It strikes me that of all the songs in her ipod, this is the one she’s been listening to the most. Makes sense, for we find ourselves in a desert of sorts; but God is sustaining us and He is comforting and providing for us.

As I look at the Joshua tree in the photograph below, I see that the desert, as desolate and harsh as it can be, is actually a living place; it thrives with plants and creatures that most of us overlook. Even so, our Lord keeps us alive and dare I say it, makes us thrive in faith while He does that refining work in our lives.

Joshua Tree National Park photo courtesy of David Gregg*

As you read the lyrics to this song, I hope you see the hope, victory, strength, comfort, and praise that arises to our heavenly Father out of our own desert experiences. And just like this tree, our arms, hands, and voices will rise upward as we look into the face of the One who calls us His beloved.

This is my prayer in the desert

When all that’s within me feels dry

This is my prayer in my hunger and need

My God is the God who provides

This is my prayer in the fire

In weakness or trial or pain

There is a faith proved
Of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flame


I will bring praise, I will bring praise

No weapon formed against me shall remain

I will rejoice, I will declare

God is my victory and He is here

This is my prayer in the battle

When triumph is still on its way

I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ

So firm on His promise I’ll stand


All of my life

In every season

You are still God

I have a reason to sing

I have a reason to worship

This is my prayer in the harvest

When favor and providence flow

I know I’m filled to be emptied again

The seed I’ve received I will sow

Thank You, Father, for hope that sustains, Your gift of faith that maintains, Your continual work in our lives to conform us into Your Son’s image, Your provision, Your strength when we are weak that we may overcome; there is none who can comfort us as You can and none who is like You. In Jesus’ name, amen.

If you’re not familiar with the Desert Song, you can hear it on youtube; the lyrics are in French, but I hope you still enjoy listening to it.  

*Special thanks to my friend, David Gregg, who loves to “chase the open highway.” Check out his website at manintheroad.com.

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