Soothing, peaceful vocals that glide softly through realms of sleep and dreams until the dawn awakens and the day breaks.
“Until The Day Breaks” is the twenty fourth published album the Lord has blessed me with since He up and made me a musician for His sovereign purposes and glory in 2009.
A lullaby is a peaceful, quiet song or music usually used to “lull” a child to sleep. This is an album of Lullabies inspired by the Holy Spirit. Who better to inspire peaceful lullabies for His children than the Author of Peace? Jesus said, “ Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.] John 14:27 Amplified Bible
When I read Zephaniah 3:17, I imagine the pre-incarnate Lord Jesus Christ holding two little children in His everlasting arms singing a beautiful lullaby to them. “The Lord your God is in your midst—a warrior bringing victory. He will create calm with his love; he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17 CEB)
I began working on this album of children’s Lullabies and songs almost as soon as our first grandchild was born two and half years ago. But the Lord had other plans for it and led me to lay it aside. The Album then got displaced by myriad other projects and paths. Recently the Lord Jesus Christ led me to once again begin working on our vocal lullaby album. What a great joy it was to do so! Lately, He’d been teaching me new ways of creating peaceful vocal music. I’ve discovered that as I continue to abide in Christ, and pray daily for His guidance, His Holy Spirit continues to lead and teach me “how to do the Father’s will.” Jesus said, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (John 14:26 NASB)
Now the Lord was leading me to include some of the music He’d been teaching me on our new album of lullabies that He wanted me to publish. Yikes! Jesus Christ is keenly interested in motivating us to grow in our faith in Him. “For we walk by faith not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 He wanted me to demonstrate my love and faith in Him by obeying all that He asked me to do. For I cannot grow closer to God nor can I demonstrate that I have any true faith at all if I don’t obey God’s will. Jesus measures our love for Him by our obedience to Him.
Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments... He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” (John 14:21 NASB) Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him... He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.”John 14:23-24
“Until The Day Breaks” is an important album for me in so many ways. Lullabies must be calming and peaceful. I had to test this album many times but every time I tried I fell asleep. So it was definitely peaceful and calming. But music is so subjective an art. What I think may not be what ten thousand other people think. And I take this risk every time I obey the Lord and publish an album of the music He gives me. I can’t worry about what other people think, nor can I allow human approval or disapproval to determine my response to my Lord Jesus Christ whom I profess to love with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I can’t allow other people’s tastes or choices to define the boundaries of my obedience to God, nor manipulate my relationship with the most important Person in my life.
Whatever people might think of me or the music Christ has given me to share is irrelevant.
The only thing that matters is my response to the God who gave me this gift.
For He will look me in the eye someday beyond the shores of this material life and ask me was I faithful to do all that He asked me to do with the gifts that He gave me to share, even when what He asked me to do might not seem to make much sense?
Even if no one seemed to care about what I did or even liked it?
For that was not nor ever could be the point or the goal of His gifts to us.
It is all about Him, the Lord Jesus Christ who gave His life that He might ransom my sinful soul from death and hell. It is not about me~ Suzanne Harden. “He must increase and I must decrease,” said John the Baptist. Whatever He gives me all comes from Christ and exists for His glory. His gifts all serve a purpose beyond what we personally can comprehend this side of eternity. They all have something to do with God’s dream for the world He created and loves without measure. We just have to lay aside our little “me” ideas and look at Christ and see it is Christ IN US, He is doing what He knows~ and we must allow Him to do it for HIS GLORY.
And I must lay down my will, my time, my resources, my energy~~what there is of it at least, in order to allow Christ to produce this work in and through me to give to this world, to shed His Light and love abroad in the darkness in the hopes that some will come back to Him so that He can save and give them eternal life. I have sacrificed my life to do all that He asks of me, whether it is an album of lullabies and children’s songs, an instrumental album of serious music, another prayer song album, or even some more traditional hymns. It does not matter what I do, for I do it all for His glory. I know full well that Jesus Christ is the True and living Composer. And If no one likes the music God is sharing through me, well, it’s the Lord’s music, it’s His love, its His dream. I’m just His delivery system. If I do my best, He is pleased. He loves me. My joy is knowing that I have done His will “Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:17 - I pray that this album will be a very great gift of love and bring a blessing of peace and calm from the Lord Jesus Christ to everyone who takes the time to listen to it. In Jesus’ name, amen.
I give my Heavenly Abba Father, my Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit all glory, honor, and thanks for these beautiful lullabies. Apart from my Lord Jesus Christ, I can do nothing. This album is a gift dedicated from the Lord Jesus Christ to all of His precious little Lambs, and from me to our little granddaughters Vivienne and Vera, and to my beloved husband Mark.
——————————————- Scriptures For Meditation
“Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship.
And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].” Romans 12:1-2 - Amplified Bible
“Do not love the world [of sin that opposes God and His precepts], nor the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world— the lust and sensual craving of the flesh and the lust and longing of the eyes and the boastful pride of life [pretentious confidence in one’s resources or in the stability of earthly things] —these do not come from the Father, but are from the world. The world is passing away, and with it its lusts [the shameful pursuits and ungodly longings]; but the one who does the will of God and carries out His purposes lives forever.” 1 John 2:15-17 (Amplified Bible)