Inspiration comes in so many ways. But for me, music inspires me just as much as anything else in and around my life. Most of my teenage years were heavily influenced by music. So much so, it’s influence culminated while at a KISS concert in 1983, I gave my life to Jesus while at that concert. Not because of anything the band did or said. It’s the power of the Holy Spirit at work in the life on an individual in the midst of what I all experienced that night and the days that filled the first 18 years of my life.
Today, music and the lyric that goes with it still influences and inspires my life. Over the past several months I have written a lot that has been influenced by The Choir, Stryper, U2, The Lost Dogs, Lifehouse, Jesus Culture, and Martin Smith. I’ve not posted any of those writings as I either never completed them or they felt too awkward to post.
While at a dance performance by the girls that make of Steps of Faith, I looked intently at my life. I thought of dreams I have had for my life, failures I’ve experienced, and the present-day blessings that fill my time and space. This was the first performance for me to attend where my oldest daughter wasn’t performing. (However, my 15 year old was performing). My oldest was on stage as a new instructor for the dance studio… I’m so proud! The performance was a beautiful display of artistic interpretation to the songs that spoke of the Names of God.
One song that was performed was Adonai. I didn’t know the song, but it got me thinking about another song I was very familiar with by the band Petra, 1985. Adonai means Master. If God is Adonai in your life, He is your Boss, the One you surrender everything to. Adonai is the One you give complete allegiance to – God – the Creator of the universe in which we live.
I recall being in Jerusalem back in 1990. What I am recalling is a Fall evening. We were at the Wailing Wall, also known as the Western Wall, in the Western Wall Plaza. It’s a place of prayer and one of the most Holy places for the Jewish people. That evening there was a gentleman walking backward away from the Wall – all the way across the Plaza. At the top of his lungs he shouted in Hebrew the different names of God. It was a beautiful moment. It was one of the top highlights of the trip for me. Hearing his praise to God without any reservation in front of all of us there… it was very moving! I recall being emotionally moved in the moment as he spoke the name, Adonai.
As I write, I praise Adonai, “You alone are worthy! Adonai, let creation testify. Let your majesty be magnified in me. Adonai you are an endless mystery.” (Petra, Beat The System). It’s refreshing to look back and listen to these lyrics… a praise to God. It reminds me of so much I have given in commitments to God, Adonai, my Master. I want to live my life unashamed, surrendered, without reserve! Each day I want to dwell in His righteousness… my Master and Lord – Adonai.