MEDIA MONDAY | Surrender to the DEFENDER

Defender ~ Francesca Battistelli & Steffany Gretzinger

This week’s Media Monday is a reminder that although we need to be mindful that we are in a constant battle between good and evil, God is always present defending us. This journey of faith that I have been on has been a tender walk where God has revealed Himself in some of the most difficult circumstances of my life. I remember kneeling in church almost 8 years ago asking God “When will things ever get better?”. I sat in silence for a short time and distinctly heard Him say – “Brace yourself. Are you ready? This is only the beginning.” I’m not going to lie – it scared me to death. All I can say is that I’m still here and He’s still my God. This place I’ve come to didn’t happen all at once, but without a doubt, these were the simple tools I used to know that He provides:

And all I did was praise
All I did was worship
All I did was bow down
All I did was stay still

I’m starting my year with a new word on my heart, as I’ve done the past several years. I’ve made it a habit to really listen when I silence myself in prayer. To see what words repeat themselves over and over again. What phrases tug at my heart? This year it’s JOY, the kind of joy that is grounded in gratitude. I’m excited to see what adventures God is calling me to with a heart full of joyful gratitude.

“Defender”

You go before I know
That You’ve even gone to win my war
You come back with the head of my enemy
You come back and You call it my victory

You go before I know
That You’ve even gone to win my war
Your love becomes my greatest defense
It leads me from the dry wilderness

And all I did was praise
All I did was worship
All I did was bow down
All I did was stay still

Hallelujah, You have saved me
So much better Your way
Hallelujah, great Defender
So much better Your way

You know before I do
Where my heart can seek to find Your truth
Your mercy is the shade I’m living in
And You restore my faith and hope again

And all I did was praise
All I did was worship
All I did was bow down
All I did was stay still, stay still

Hallelujah, You have saved me
So much better Your way
Hallelujah, great Defender
So much better Your way

When I thought I lost me
You knew where I left me
You reintroduced me to Your love
You picked up all my pieces
Put me back together
You are the defender of my heart

When I thought I lost me
You knew where I left me
You reintroduced me to Your love
You picked up all my pieces
Put me back together
You are the defender of my heart

When I thought I lost me
You knew where I left me
You reintroduced me to Your love
You picked up all my pieces
Put me back together
You are the defender of my heart

Hallelujah, You have saved me
So much better this way
Hallelujah, great Defender
So much better Your way

So much better Your way
So much better Your way

And all I did was praise
All I need to do is worship
Lord I will just bow down
I’m just gonna stay still

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