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Nov 8

Songs That Bring Me Peace

Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

I almost never remember my dreams. Yesterday I wrote to my friend Anastasiya, “I wish I had pleasant dreams”. This morning, just before I woke up, I was dreaming of hanging out with musician Dave Matthews after a show.

While there are several reasons not to like Dave Matthews’ music, but I still love most of his songs.  I and Paul Thyren, a friend and fantastic co-worker of mine, love the Dave Matthews Band.   One of our favorites is “Two Step.”  Listening to the extended jam that often accompanies Two Step played live brings me peace in a surreal, mellow, “I’m just glad to be here” kind of way.

Join Paul and I and give it a listen here.

A few years ago I heard Third Day’s song “My Hope Is You.” It offers me peace on a whole different level.  That song based on another song, Psalm 25, gives me hope when I feel like I’ve messed up. 

I know I’ve blown it.

There’s no more pretending;
no more wishing I would wake up relieved that this was just a nightmare;
no more fantasizing that this day never happened;
no more strategizing how I can somehow straighten it out;
I’m stuck in the muck, and I feel like a schmuck, who’s…well, you get my point.

It’s in those moments that I need, desperately need, unconditional, unfailing love.  I imagine that you do too!

You can listen to My Hope Is You here.

Psalm 25:1-10 really sticks with me, if God will continue to have unfailing love — unconditional love, “love without strings” kind of love — for me, then I can forgive myself, and others too.

1 O Lord, I give my life to you.
2 I trust in you, my God!
Do not let me be disgraced,
or let my enemies rejoice in my defeat.
3 No one who trusts in you will ever be disgraced,
but disgrace comes to those who try to deceive others.

4 Show me the right path, O Lord;
point out the road for me to follow.
5 Lead me by your truth and teach me,
for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you.
6 Remember, O Lord, your compassion and unfailing love,
which you have shown from long ages past.
7 Do not remember the rebellious sins of my youth.
Remember me in the light of your unfailing love,
for you are merciful, O Lord.
8 The Lord is good and does what is right;
he shows the proper path to those who go astray.
9 He leads the humble in doing right,
teaching them his way.
10 The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness
all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.

Yeah, if God will continue to have unfailing love — unconditional love, “love without strings” kind of love — for me, then I can forgive myself, and others too.

This is mysilentscream.

1 – Psalm 25:1-10, NLT

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  1. Hey Scott,

    A song I turn to when I feel sad is “Lift Me Up” by The Afters. One part I love from that song is the following:

    I know I’m not perfect
    I know I make mistakes
    I know that I have let you down
    But you love me the same

    And when I’m surrounded
    When I lose my way
    When I’m crying out and falling down
    You are here to

    Lift me up when I am weak
    Your arms wrap around me
    Your love catches me so I’m letting go
    You lift me up when I can’t see
    Your heart is all that I need
    Your love carries me so I’m letting go

    Just thought I would share!

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