Unusual Music (4) Matt Gilman – Kiss my Heart (Song of Songs)

More unusual songs:

Matt Gilman via Facebook photo shelleypaulson.com

Wonderful song! Takes a strong man to sing this way about Christ. A song from Solomons Song of Songs.

From Matt’s Facebook Page: Matt Gilman has been leading worship since he was fourteen years old, having grown up in ministry with his father, a Lutheran pastor. In 2002, when Matt was a senior in high school, he arrived at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City (IHOP-KC) thinking he was just attending a conference about music, his favorite subject. “As soon as I walked into the building I knew this was different. It was not at all what I was expecting. God began to shake me to the core as He opened up a whole new understanding of worship with the Word of God. I knew right away this is what I was made for,” Matt explains, “Something was awakened in my spirit and I knew I had to have more.”

He returned to join the onething™ Internship, a six-month program for single young adults between the ages of 18 and 25, which is designed to be a season of consecration unto the Lord. Matt says the internship, which included up to 24 hours a week in the prayer room, was like a new world opening up to him, „the Lord would meet me there. I was searching out the heart of God and giving myself to concentration…The best part is that I was joined with a community of young people who were going after God with the same wholehearted abandonment.”

Matt’s musical creativity stems from one source, but comes in a variety of ways. He says that many times when leading in the Prayer Room certain lyrics or a melody will just come to him, providing the basis for a new song, but other times he’s had to sit for hours to write them. He believes it’s crucial for songwriters to have time set aside in their schedule to simply sit with their instrument and their Bible, and just sing the Word of the Lord back to Him. But sometimes, it’s just as easy as sleep, „The Lord may reveal a melody in a prophetic dream and I’ll wake up singing it. That’s what happened with my song ‘Closer’. The first line was given to me in a dream and I sat down at the piano to play it, and the rest of the song just flowed.”

Matt is motivated by a desire to see people grasp the reality of who God is, and believes this is crucial in order for them to continue in the faith. „It’s imperative that this generation become fascinated by God. I want my music to provoke my generation to be fascinated by God. I want them to know His beauty. ”

You can also watch a short video of this very young man who loves the Lord, the Word and praise and worship. Click here for video.

David Platt- Song of Solomon (Essential Sermon)

David Platt names ‘Sex’ as the fiercest competitor of Christianity,  more so than Islam or atheism.

From this sermon: David Platt-

Think about egotism, the idolatry of self-a way of living that surrounds us, that says, „Self is supreme. Self esteem, self confidence, self promotion, self advancement, self satisfaction,” – that is the mantra of our age. In Proverbs we see that wisdom is not found in respecting ourselves but in revering God.

This morning I want us to look at another competitor in our country, what some would say is the fiercest competitor of Christianity and that’s eroticism- the idolatry of sex. There’s no question that over the last century, we in our culture, have undergone a sexual revolution

One of my friends,  Pastor Mark Dever writes, „The most important revolution in the last century has been the sexual revolution. Contraception replaced conception. Pleasure was separated from responsibility.  It was as if an excuse was given out legitimizing the bending of every part of our lives around serving ourselves.  Since that time divorce, remarriage, abortion, premarital sex and extramarital sex as well as homosexuality has been accepted by increasing percentages of the public.  Pornography is huge business. And this is not just a problem with society out there. Many churches have found their members plagued by failed marriages, by illicit affairs,  by so called private sins that turn into public disgraces, some of which are known, some of which are not yet. „

Song of Songs teaches that sexual love (should) only happen in God’s time, in the place he ordained and with the person God has given to you. Songs of Songs is an encouragement and exhortation to married people to remember and enjoy the beauty of sexual love and it is an exhortation and encouragement for single people to make sure not to try to steal away the beauty and enjoyment of sexual love out of its context and end up missing the whole point.

This is very different from what our culture has to say. Listen to the entire  sermon below (64 minutes)

Song of Solomon, Paul Washer (Essential Sermon)

Paul Washer preaches from the Song of Solomon:

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