It was a melody that would not let go.
Michael O’Brien decided to share it with me in a co-writing session one day. We had known each other for some time but had never written a song together. I’ve admired his amazing vocal instrument and piano skills for years. Now, we were trying to see if we could find a way to say something significant in a song together.
Whenever I write with someone for the first time, it usually starts with a little bit of a discovery session. What is God doing in your life? What has He been saying and leading you to say?
I wasn’t ready for Michael’s answers to those questions.
For several years, he had carried this musical idea around, looking for a lyric that could capture what God had said to him as he composed it. He had written a few things and invited others to write for it as well, but nothing had ever quite fit. And, now in an expression of trust beyond what he should have placed in me, he was asking if I wanted to take a crack at it.
Then, Michael told me the context of why he wrote it in the first place. I learned it was a melody that had accompanied a spiritual journey in his life in Psalm 64. God had led him through a desert of disappointment and heartbreak to a rekindled desire to praise God with a whole heart.
I knew exactly how he felt. I have often feared the real potential that I could bring disgrace to the Lord that has loved me so perfectly. That journey always leads back to the same place – the realization that His love is greater than my fear and that He waits to embrace me as I run back to Him. It is in those moments my soul soars with the worship of a God I cannot explain.
This always leads back to the same prayer, as well.
Oh, Lord, deliver me. Oh, God, come rescue me.
Mike Harland is the Director of LifeWay Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book (checkout his latest book: Worship Essentials). In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family (and his two new grand-babies). Visit MikeHarland.com to keep up with all that Mike has going on.