Musical Prayers: A Heart for You, Scott Wesley Brown

May 2, 2012

As this week’s “Musical Prayer Series” offering, I’m posting the song “A Heart for You” by CCM veteran Scott Wesley Brown (SWB).

SWB is best-known for his albums in the 70’s and 80’s.  A few of his popular songs from that era include “I’m not religious, I just love the Lord,” “I wish you Jesus,”  “This is the day (a wedding song).”  But he has released some new albums and music collections in recent years, including the great 2005 album “Old Hymns Made New.”  The song I’m posting today is from his 2003 worship collection “A Heart for You” – which is something I just recently discovered, as I think it’s only been quite recently released to iTunes.

This song is simple, yet beautiful.   And the words are a prayer I need to pray frequently.  Too often my love for the Lord can evaporate like morning dew in the heat of the day’s pressures and stresses…

The song is available here, at You Tube

The lyrics:

More than any treasure my hands could hold
More than any dream come true
More than any pleasure this world could give
One thing I will pursue
More than all the honors sought by men
More than any great reward
More than all the wisdom of ages past
One thing I will seek for:

A heart for You
A thirst for You
To quench my soul
Like morning dew
To seek Your face, Your holy place
O Lord, create in me
A Heart for You


May 2, 2012

Judges 10:1-2 (MSG)

Tola son of Puah, the son of Dodo, was next after Abimelech. He rose to the occasion to save Israel. He was a man of Issachar. He lived in Shamir in the hill country of Ephraim. He judged Israel for twenty-three years and then died and was buried at Shamir.

Tola–meaning worm, scarlet material

Puah–meaning splendid

Dodo–meaning God has helped or help of God

Issachar–meaning he will bring a reward.  The sons of Issachar had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do (1 Chronicles 12).

Shamir–meaning flint.  Legendary substance used to cut the stones of King Solomon’s temple.

Ephraim–meaning doubly fruitful

Dear Heavenly Father,

It is only through Your help that a man named ‘worm’ could judge Your chosen people.  Bring into our paths ordinary people who reflect Your splendor and understand the times.  Help us to prune the unfruitful parts of our lives that we may be doubly fruitful.  Amen. 

Exodus 33:11-14

May 2, 2012

<b>So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle. </b> (Exodus 33:11)

&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Jesus, speak to us by your Holy Spirit day by day.  Thank you for calling us friends.


<b>Then Moses said to the LORD, “See, You say to me, ‘Bring up this people.’ But You have not let me know whom You will send with me. Yet You have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found grace in My sight.’ Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.” </b> (Exodus 33:12-13)

&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Holy Spirit, raise up companions for Bishop Bill as he leads this diocese.  Help him to know that he is not alone.  Give many a heart to support him daily in prayer.


<b>And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” </b> (Exodus 33:14)

&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Father, thank you for being present to us by your Holy Spirit and for giving us rest.


<b>Wednesday: </b> 119:49-72 * 49,[53]; Exod. 33:1-23: 1 Thess. 2:1-12: Matt. 5:17-20

<b>Thursday</b>: 50 * [59,60] or 114, 115; Exod. 34:1-17: 1 Thess. 2:13-20: Matt. 5:21-26


&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<b>Notes from the Front Line</b>


***** <b>Diocesan Intercessions Daily: For our Bishop and for Spiritual Vitality in every Parish, May 2 St. Paul’s Church, Keeseville -The Rev’d Blair Biddle</b>


***** <b>Start now reading and reflecting on the lessons for next Sunday so that you can receive all that God has for you</b> (Psalm 66:1-11 or 66:1-8; Acts 8:26-40 or Deuteronomy 4:32-40; 1 John 3:(14-17)18-24 or Acts 8:26-40; John 14:15-21).


***** Date: Tue, 01 May 2012

From: Nigel Mumford

Subject: <b>Daily Quote… </b>

&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Look into people’s eyes… You may be surprised.

Albany Intercessor

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