I've come to understand that God's ways are not simply high above ours, but at times seem to be the polar opposite. The goodness of God often is not what we'd deem good and the mercy of God often is not what we'd call mercy.
But if union with God is our goal, and if this union requires our sinful nature be done away with, then it is pure love that would move our Father to point out those things in His children which hinder union; and mercy that impels Him not to rest until they are gone. And how can I grow to trust Him without situations that require great trust?
The dark nights and the difficult situations, the deserts and the apparent silence of our Father; these are times in which the Father is not just saying, “I love you” but proving it. It’s hard to understand, and it hurts, and it requires a great amount of trust to let Him remove the consolation that we once knew, but He does things like this to those He loves…
…and in time, we learn to mistrust the feeling that He can’t be trusted.
I pray that theses songs would encourage you to radically trust the Lord in the face of every difficulty you encounter. I pray that in the midst of situations that seem to suggest otherwise, you would learn to say to your Father in Heaven, “You are good”. I pray that you learn to see suffering through the eyes of Christ and know that every tear shed, every dark night of the soul, every hurt that seems to go too far, brings you intimately close to the sacred heart of our suffering king; and there you have untold power in him. No one ever suffered more than our Lord did. And because He did, and because He overcame, He forever stripped suffering and death of their power. When we experience suffering, it will be a sword in our hand rather than a sword that defeats us...if only we learn to embrace the cross.
May these songs help you do just that.
All music and lyrics by Erik Christensen
Produced by Phil Rosensteel with Erik Christensen
Arranged by Phil Rosensteel and Erik Christensen
Strings arranged by Phil Rosensteel
Recorded at Dark Horse Recording, Nashville, TN
and SongBuilder Studios, Baltimore, MD
Mixed by Stephen Joseph Antonelli @ SongBuilder Studios
with Phil Rosensteel and Erik Christensen
Mastered by Doug Van Sloun @ Focus Mastering, Omaha, NE
Erik Christensen: Acoustic/Electric Guitar, Lead Vocals
Joe White: Mandolin, Electric/Acoustic Guitar, Backing vocals
Craig Jackson: Bass
Phil Rosensteel: Piano, Percussion, backing vocals
Nick Sungenis: Violin
Brigitte Anwar: Cello
Matt Rezny: Drums
Dustin Ransom: Banjo, Organ
Steve Rees: Accordian
Corrie Dubyoski: backing vocals
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