Midnight Prayers and Meditations~Volume 2
By Suzanne Davis Harden
For those who want a quick overview of my new release "Midnight Prayers, Volume II"~ "Original Keyboard Instrumental Prayers Featuring the Various Instrumental Voices of Guitar, Strings, & Piano Solos Performed by Suzanne Davis Harden, through the Risen Lord Jesus Christ, Inspired by the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God the Father, In Jesus’ name, amen."
For those who want more detail, my new release is the second chapter of the album of original keyboard instrumentals that I published last Autumn in the twilight of 2020, forever to be remembered as the year of the Pandemic.
I had several of the songs on this second volume ready to publish even back then, but the Lord had me wait to publish the current album for various reasons.
God’s word says, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” ~Ecclesiastes 3:1 - KJV
The Lord has blessed me with much music for His glory through the risen Lord Jesus Christ in me. But He only directs me to publish what He wishes according to His plans and purposes.
It is as if the Lord uses each song or composition to teach me that not everything is chosen for the spotlight right now, and yet everything is loved and special at all times.
All of the music He has blessed me with was created for His glory and glorifies Him in its own way whether it gets published a month from now, in six months or ten years, or whether it never gets published at all.
I truly believe that all of His music serves a divine purpose and brings Him glory in the way He has chosen in its own time.
If we could only understand that each one of us are like the musical compositions He inspires. We all exist because the Lord wanted to create us; He loves us all very much.
“Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him would not be lost but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world. He did not send Him to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through Him.” ~John 3:16-17 - ERV
God is infinite and His love and mercy toward us are measureless.
His thoughts are far beyond our thoughts and He does not think as we think.
We can’t wrap our minds around an infinite Being.
“The teaching about the cross seems foolish to those who are lost. But to us who are being saved it is the power of God. As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise. I will confuse the understanding of the intelligent.”
1 Corinthians 1:18-19 - ERV
God is as far above us as the universe is wide.
If we try to define Him by putting Him in a neat box of rationalizations we fail.
He is not a black and white formula.
He does not make sense at all to our rational minds.
He will blow us away when we truly come to know Him.
“So what does this say about the philosopher, the law expert, or anyone in this world who is skilled in making clever arguments?
God has made the wisdom of the world look foolish.
This is what God in His wisdom decided: Since the world did not find Him through its own wisdom, He used the message that sounds foolish to save those who believe it.”
1 Corinthians 1:20-21 - ERV
We will go insane trying to define Him in any traditional sense.
He won’t be standardized, denominationalized, fit into neat theologies, philosophies, and so forth; for the minute we try we fall flat on our faces and He has to pick us up; dust us off and say, “Read My Word again.”
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 - KJV
We might not like or agree with His word in all its completeness.
And we might be tempted to pick and choose what we want to believe out of it.
But have we never considered listening to Jesus Christ?
Jesus teaches us how to read His word.
He spoke in parables.
He spoke in metaphor and pictures.
His word is spiritual.
Many of His disciples left Him when He spoke to them spiritually.
Jesus said, “My words are spirit and they are life. The flesh profits nothing.” (John 6:6:63)
If we approach Christ and His word with a literal mind we are not going to know Him or understand His word.
We must walk by faith and not by sight. (*See 2 Corinthians 5:7)
We must trust and believe that He is real:
“Faith is what makes real the things we hope for.
It is proof of what we cannot see.
God was pleased with the people who lived a long time ago because they had faith like this.
Faith helps us understand that God created the whole world by His command.
This means that the things we see were made by something that cannot be seen.
Without faith no one can please God.
Whoever comes to God must believe that He is real and that He rewards those who sincerely try to find Him.”
Hebrews 11:1-3,6 - ERV (Easy To Read Version Bible)
I sing by faith.
I play the keyboard by faith. I have no real background in music.
All of my background and training are in the visual arts.
I did not grow up with any musical gift or any idea of becoming a musician.
My whole passion and goal was to become a visual artist.
Art was the love of my life. Music merely existed to stimulate my artistic creativity. In other words, I listened to it while I created my art.
God sovereignly gave me a gift of music in 2009 and I accepted it by faith.
Since then I have played the piano nearly every day; songs the Lord gives me by faith.
My songs are more like prayers ascending to Heaven.
I pray and it is the risen Lord Jesus Christ within me by His Holy Spirit who inspires the music and who plays through me.
It is the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ within me who creates all the music.
I know that sounds strange.
But Jesus Christ is a risen, living Savior.
He is alive within me!
This is what Christianity teaches.
Jesus said, “On that day you will know that I am in the Father. You will know that you are in Me and I am in you. Those who really love Me are the ones who not only know My commands but also obey them. My Father will love such people, and I will love them. I will make Myself known to them.” ~John 14:20-21 - ERV (Easy To Read Version Bible)
If someone who calls themself a Christian says this is not true then they are denying the Lord Jesus Christ.
For Jesus Christ said He is a living, risen Savior.
He said that He has risen from the dead, that He lives inside those who accept Him as their Savior and Lord, that He seals them with His Holy Spirit, that He does give His children gifts with which to glorify Him on this earth, and that no one can dictate to Him what kind of gifts He is allowed to give His children.
The Lord is a God of miracles and He is in the Heavens, the Bible declares, and He does whatever He pleases.
“Our God is in heaven, and He does whatever He wants.”
Psalm 115:3 - ERV (Easy To Read Version Bible)
God did what He wanted when He gave me the gift of music.
I praise Him for this beautiful gift and will use it to glorify Him for as long as He enables me to by His almighty grace and power.
For it is through Christ alone that I can create any music or do any of the creative things He blesses me with.
I will publicly proclaim that it is the risen Lord Jesus Christ in me doing these works because when Christ walked the earth He said it was His Father in Him who did the miracles that He accomplished and not Himself.
“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” ~ John 5:19 - KJV (King James Version Bible)
The Bible asserts that we are to live as Christ lived who always glorified His Heavenly Father.
I want to always try to glorify my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the way I believe He asks me to.
“He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” 1 John 2:6 - KJV
Surely I fail miserably at walking as Jesus walked because I’m not perfect like Jesus was. But I know that following Christ is a little like driving.
If I point my car at my target and drive toward it, then I’m more likely to get to my object than if I don’t aim at any goal at all.
So every day I try to aim my whole heart at the Lord Jesus Christ. Sometimes I have fender benders, sometimes I run off the road into the ditch when I take my eyes off my Lord, sometimes another “car” runs into me and hurts me terribly; then I have to forgive them.
So many things can happen on this journey with Christ.
But God’s word has good directions to follow to help me.
And Christ’s love sustains me.
Jesus has paid the price for all my sins on His cross.
When I confess them to Him and tell Him I’m sorry for grieving Him, He forgives me, dusts me off and sets me right again on my journey with Him.
God is love. (1 John 4:8)
God loves me more than I will ever begin to comprehend.
If I meditate on Christ's suffering on the cross maybe I can understand a little about God's love.
His agony and death on the cross make me weep.
For I learn that God loved me so much that He would allow Himself to be tortured to pay the price for my sins to be forgiven so that I could be His child and be given eternal life and fellowship with Him.
Not only that, but so that He could put a portion of His Holy Spirit inside of me and bring glory to His name throughout Heaven and earth through my weak vessel to demonstrate His reality.
God is real.
Christ is real. He lives inside of me and has made all of the music I’ve published through me.
Twenty eight albums now since 2013.
If He can use a weak vessel who suffers from daily migraines,
ME Chronic Fatigue syndrome, and painful fibromyalgia to accomplish His purposes on this earth, then I know that He can use anyone who will simply believe and walk by faith to glorify Him.
But more importantly, Christ wants a living, vital relationship with people.
Jesus Christ wants all to believe in His reality in the 21st century: that He is a living, resurrected Savior, not someone who only lived two thousand years ago only to be studied and quoted by an elite few.
The Lord Jesus Christ wants to live and shine through all who will invite Him into their hearts and who love and obey Him~ “For there is no respect of persons with God.” Romans 2:11 - KJV
May those who hear my music understand this message and be encouraged to believe that Christ cherishes them and desires an abiding, eternal friendship with them.
Jesus said, “He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him.
… If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him.” ~John 14:21,23 - KJV
May our merciful loving God be forever honored, loved, and praised. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Midnight Prayers & Meditations, Volume Two, is dedicated to my Heavenly Abba Father, Beloved Lord Jesus Christ, and Beloved Lord Holy Spirit, through the risen Lord Jesus Christ, inspired by the Holy Spirit, to the glory and honor of God the Father, to proclaim their praises throughout the earth. In Jesus’ name, amen.
*Special Thanks and Dedication to my beloved husband Mark for all his technical assistance in Copyrighting my music and uploading my files despite many recent health challenges.
May God bless you forever and always for all you do, sweet Mark!
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