SEASONS – HILLSONG WORSHIP
It is rare for a song to be included and released in a Christmas album, but the message to be relevant in any season during the year. And that’s the heart of Hillsong Worship’s single “SEASONS” from their Christmas Album ‘The Peace Project.
Bobbie Houston shares with us the heart behind this song:
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” – Ecclesiastes 3:1
I have to admit I was excited to be asked and allocated the song “Seasons” for this devotional to accompany our newest Christmas album – “The Peace Project”.
My excitement firstly is because the song is stunning. Inspired by a poem, the lyrics capture the essence of life that is indeed played out in seasons. In the Genesis account where ‘hellish humanity’ forced the hand of a patient and long suffering God to cleanse the earth of darkness – a new day had dawned full of promise. A day that was sealed with the arch of a rainbow and words from the very mouth of the Creator – “Never again will I curse the ground because of humanity, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease” (Gen 8:21-22 NIV). That promise remains and although the earth is again filled with darkness, the promise only proves the long suffering nature of a good God, whose desire is to see people come to Salvation and Truth.
And secondly because of the profound truth within the Ecclesiastes’ verse – “For everything there is a season, and viagra online canada a time for every matter under heaven”. The chapter goes on to say that God is able to make everything beautiful in its season.
I’ve been alive for six decades now, and I know from experience that God works within the framework of seasons, with the intent to grow us to maturity.
Lyrics such as, “Like a seed in the snow, I’ve been buried to grow” is true of life. There will be times in your journey when you feel the cold face of life, where you feel lost in seclusion or loneliness – yet it is within this season that you discover the deeper places of relationship with the Lord whose promise and presence is constant. If you also remain faithful and constant, you will emerge with depth only discovered in the winter season.
“Then if you’re not done working God, I’m not done waiting”, frame the loyal-promise that the song also gives expression to. Whether you fully comprehend it or not, God is loyally committed to His work within you. He is the master architect and He knows the exact timing and pace of what is perfect for you. So I encourage you to rest in His providence and become acquainted with the treasure to be found within “the wait”. Be diligent with your current here and now, and all your tomorrows will arrive as divinely purposed.
The idea of “The Peace Project” has many layers. This deeply challenged world needs peace, and those who are lost need to know there truly is a Saviour and Prince of Peace who died for them. But you also need to know His personal peace within your heart and soul – therefore my prayer is that God’s faithful and loyal Word will continue to frame the building and advancement of your life.
You are alive for such a time as this – you have much to contribute – and you will stand confidently in His Presence one day, as you allow what He has begun in you to grow to full stature, perfection and beauty.