A Declaration of Dependence

This is my declaration of dependence
This is my declaration of my need
This is my declaration of dependence
On the one who gave His life to me

The lyrics you’ve just read have been playing in my car & echoing in my head every day on my daily commute to PJ and reminds me of my need to be dependent on God. I don’t know why, but I’ve been hooked on reacquainting myself with the brilliant lyrics and song-writing of Steven Curtis Chapman in recent weeks. If you have not listened to any of his stuff before; you should.

Steven Curtis Chapman is an inspiration to me. Why? Well, the amazing thing about Mr. Chapman is his faith and continued perseverance in following God. His music & life inspires me to keep pressing on even though things aren’t hunky dory all the time. The tragic death of his youngest daughter Maria Sue last year struck a chord in my heart and in Mr. Chapman I see someone who continues to hold on to God despite the circumstances. He’s even started an charity organisation called “Show Hope” that mobilises individuals and communities to care for orphans internationally. He and his wife Mary Beth have also adopted kids into their family which is an awesome thing indeed. I won’t go too much into SCC but if you’re interested to find out more about him there’s always Wikipedia and his official site at www.stevencurtischapman.com. On to the main thing about my post – scroll on down please. 😉

Mr. Chapman, you're an inspiration to many.

Mr. Chapman, you're an inspiration to many.

SCC’s music has been a big part of my life and a big part of my walk with God in my adult years. The  lyrics of his songs speak volumes to me and I love the layers & textures that come alive in his music. “Speechless” is a 10-year old album and it still remains fresh & relevant today as it did 10 years ago. Really good stuff.

I only have 3 of his albums and they are:

  • Speechless
  • Declaration
  • All About Love (an album dedicated to his wife Marie Beth)

As I write this I looked up Mr. Chapman’s discography online and gosh I can’t believe I’ve missed out on quite a few of his albums in the past 6 years or so… something that I intend to rectify starting with “Beauty Will Rise”; an album dedicated to the memory of Maria Sue that was just released this year. If you haven’t had the opportunity to listen to any of his stuff, you really should cos’ SCC’s songs are life-changing. I think that Mr. Chapman’s songs are brilliant and the great thing about his music is that everything he writes points back to God and is a reminder that music is such a God-given thing. Music does so much more and means so much more when it’s written in honour of our Creator. I really would urge any serious music fan, songwriter or musician to take a listen to SCC cos’ I can’t even begin to describe the impact that you’ll have as you delve into the lyrics and the rich tapestry of sound that make up his music.

Mr. Chapman, if you ever read this post I just wanna thank you for your music. I wanna thank you for your example and the difference you make in the world through charity but more importantly through the sharing of your life in your lyrics & melodies. Today’s post goes out to you Mr. Chapman. Thank you.

I close today’s post with the lyrics of another of his songs that I’ve been listening to over & over again in the past few weeks. Enjoy.

Speechless

Words fall like drops of rain
My lips are like clouds
I say so many things
Trying to figure You out
But as mercy opens my eyes
My words are stolen away
With this breathtaking view of Your grace

And I am speechless I’m astonished and amazed
I am silenced by Your wondrous grace
You have saved me
You have raised me from the grave
And I am speechless in Your presence now
I’m astounded as I consider how
You have shown us
A love that leaves us speechless

So what kind of love could this be
That would trade heaven’s throne for a cross
And to think You still celebrate
Over finding just one who was lost
And to know You rejoice over us
The God of this whole universe
It’s a story that’s too great for words

Oh how great is the love
The Father has lavished upon us
That we should be called
The sons and the daughters of God

We are speechless so amazed
We stand in awe of Your grace
We stand in awe of Your mercy
You have saved us
We stand in awe of Your love
From the grave
We are speechless

We are speechless in Your presence now
We stand in awe of Your cross
We’re astounded as we consider how
We stand in awe of Your power
You have shown us
A love that leaves us speechless
We are speechless

I am speechless

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