Why We Sing: Raise My Voice

  We all have bad days.  Some, bad weeks, or bad months.  And still other times life just seems to be constantly stacked up against you. 

  It's during these days, weeks, months, lifetimes even… that we often substitute what is irrevocably most true about us, with what our circumstances say is currently most true about us.   But is that our fate? To be controlled and defined by life's ever-shifting circumstances?  

  In our journey through the book of Acts, we see two followers of Christ who defiantly reject a definition of circumstance:

            The crowd joined in attacking [Paul and Silas], and the magistrates tore the garments off them and gave orders to beat them with rods. And when they had inflicted many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.

            About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them,

(Acts 16:22-25 ESV, emphasis added)

The Christian is never slave to circumstance. 

  The most true thing about Paul and Silas in this passage is not that they’re being beaten and imprisoned.  While that is currently true, it is eternally true that they are adopted sons of the most glorious, gracious, resurrected, living God. And this is the bulletproof identity that they are holding to, that no temporary circumstance can extinguish.

  As we continue through the story of the early church, we’ll learn that their circumstances don’t really improve; yet their joy remains fiercely unyielding, supported by the everlasting grace of Jesus.  And so, as a family, we will follow this example on Sunday mornings and beyond, laying our circumstances down at the foot of the cross and embracing the greatest truth about us: God calls us family. 

  So as often as our hearts begin to fold and our hands begin to droop, it is my hope that this song would be one of many we will use to sing a joyful truth back to ourselves.  The song is Raise My Voice, by the Robbie Seay Band:


If everything I had was lost

If everything was gone

If everything I knew was suddenly a fraud

And all I had was you holding on

Would it all be the same

Could I find the beauty in the pain?

Would I seek your face

Would I sing your praise


I raise my voice loud and sing

Tell ‘em all what you've done for me!

Even in my darkest days

I'm gonna sing your praise!


Everywhere I look today

Every common tree is ablaze

With the fire of God, the maker of the stars and

The healer of my heart

Where would I be if you never gave the eyes to see?

I praise you!  Oh I praise you!


Your grace is like an ocean crashing with hope

Your peace is like a river flooding my soul

It is well with my soul

It is well with my soul

It is well with my soul


Raise My Voice can be found on the Robbie Seay Band bandcamp site here: http://robbieseayband.bandcamp.com/track/raise-my-voice