Songs Of Worship #4: The Desert Song

Photo By Saad Alafaliq

Have there been times in your life when you’ve felt distant from God –
when you’ve felt isolated from those around you –
when you’ve reached out to others but they have not responded in kind?

   This is my prayer in the desert
   When all that’s within me feels dry
   This is my prayer in my hunger and need
   My God is the God who provides

Perhaps you’re going through a difficult time right now. In the midst of trials, we often get so focused on our circumstances, we forget that the glory of God still surrounds us and the hand of God still sustains us.

   And this is my prayer in the fire
   In weakness or trial or pain
   There is a faith proved
   Of more worth than gold
   So refine me Lord through the flames

   And I will bring praise
   I will bring praise
   No weapon forged against me shall remain

   I will rejoice
   I will declare
   God is my victory and He is here

In A Pastor Prays For His People, Wendell C. Hawley writes:

Others from yesteryear’s household of faith honored God
while facing overwhelming circumstances.

They sang of the wonderful goodness of the Lord.

Moses, Deborah, David, and Mary teach us

   to sing – when being tested;
   to sing – when sorrow has us in its grip;
   to sing – when we don’t feel like it;
   to sing – a new song

     when we’ve passed through a crisis;
     when we’ve had a fresh provision of God’s provision;
     when we’ve been given songs in the night.

I first heard The Desert Song during a time when my faith was being stretched to new limits – a time when I was questioning God about some very deep losses in my life – a time when the clear-cut answers I sought were not forthcoming. This song was like manna to me. It gave me something to hold on to when the ground beneath me felt like shifting sand. It provided spiritual sustenance when I was starving.

   And this is my prayer in the battle
   When triumph is still on its way
   I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
   So firm on His promise I’ll stand

   And I will bring praise
   I will bring praise
   No weapon forged against me shall remain

   I will rejoice
   I will declare
   God is my victory and He is here

If you are walking through a desert season in your life, consider today’s two videos my personal gift of encouragement to you. Newsletter subscribers, click here to see the videos.

Video 1 contains The Desert Song set against a backdrop of uplifting imagery.

Video 2 contains the deeply moving testimony of Jill McCloghry, the songwriter who co-recorded the song with Brooke Fraser shortly after the devastating loss of her first son, Max.

   All of my life
   In every season
   You are still God
   I have a reason to sing
   I have a reason to worship

   And I will bring praise
   I will bring praise
   No weapon forged against me shall remain

   I will rejoice
   I will declare
  God is my victory and He is here

May Jill’s courage and faithfulness in the midst of difficult circumstances be an inspiration to us all.

   This is my prayer in the harvest
   Where favor and providence flow
   I know I’m filled to be emptied again
   The seed I’ve received I will sow.

Has God has given you a reason to sing? If you would like to share more worship moments, click here for a complete list of current songs and join me each weekend!

For more faith-inspired posts and musical moments, please visit the following sites:

Then Sings My Soul Saturdays
Spiritual Sundays
Sunday Song
Something Beautiful

I am also sharing at:

Finer Things Friday
Pour Your Heart Out
Saturday Sampling
The Wednesday Window
Thoughtful Wednesday
Wednesday Gratitude #32

Have a wonderful week, my friends! I look forward to your comments!

26 Responses to “Songs Of Worship #4: The Desert Song”

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  1. Cindy says:

    Thanks for this… I needed it
    Hopped over from Saturday stalk and I'm your newest follower. Pls stop by when you get a moment

  2. Angi @ CokiePop says:

    I needed this loving reminder today. Thanks for sharing it with all of us. I am so glad that God is still with me during the trials:)

  3. Whidbey Woman says:

    Such a wonderful, encouraging post. I love the Desert Song. It is beautiful and speaks to me on so many different levels. Thank you for sharing it. Happy Spiritual Sunday 🙂

  4. Chanda Vanderweide says:

    Hello I'm new from the Relax and Surf blog hop!
    Please stop by my blog sometime!

    Happy blogging 🙂

  5. Donna Heber says:

    Thank you for the prayers and for reminding us how lucky we really are.

  6. Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage says:

    I have never heard of these songs before. I am so glad that you shared them today. What a sad story on the second video.It's times like this that we need Desert songs.
    God Bless,

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  8. LindyLouMac says:

    Just called by from Italy via Natasha's Sunday Song to have a listen and was inspired by your beautiful choice this week, thanks for sharing.

  9. Renee says:

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful songs today and bringing those who visit your blog encouragement! God bless.

  10. Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk says:

    Thank you for helping me get my heart in the right place tonight.

  11. Missy Schranz says:

    I am your new follower from Sensational Saturday Social. I really enjoyed being at your blog! Please stop by mine when you get a chance.

    Your site is beautifully decorated and peaceful. Thank you!

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  13. Crystal says:

    Hi! I'm a new follower from the Follow Me Monday blog hop. Check me out at My Life as Mom and Wife!

    Have a great day!

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    Following from Follow Me Monday! Hope you'll visit me at!

  15. Reta says:

    The Desert Song was very inspiring as it reinforced God's strength and presence with us always even when we hestitate to take his hand.

    This puts me in mind of "Footprints in the Sand" where God carries us when we are too weak to go on. Your spirituality shines as God's graces work in your favor!

  16. Claire says:

    Hi-I'm your newest follower-come visit me too!

  17. The Other Alice says:

    Oh my word I love that song! Thank you for this post; it is really what I needed.

  18. Candace @ Candace Creations says:

    Hey! Love your blog! Just found you through tag along tuesday! What a beautiful song!

  19. Shell says:

    I actually find that I feel closer to God when I'm going through rough times. That I think I can handle things on my own when things are going well(which is so not true).

  20. my shy thai says:

    good songs!!!

    following thru today's blog hop.

  21. Heidi says:

    Thank you so much for linking to Wednesday Gratitude and for sharing this, which came at a time I really needed it!
    Heidi – Heart and Home

  22. MsBabyPlan says:

    Thanks for sharing. I am following you too.

  23. Karen & Gerard Zemek says:

    What an encouraging and uplifting post! This song is new to me but I just shared the link to this post in the comments on a blog of a friend of mine who recently lost his wife at age 33 and is struggling through at the moment with two little kids. Thought he could use the encouragement. Here's the link to the post he did that I left the comment on:

  24. Natasha says:

    I am so glad that you posted this and linked the song and clips to Sunday Song. I now where to come when I feel the need to lift my spirits and to put life into perspective. Thank you!

    Blessings and best wishes always,

  25. Mrs4444 says:

    Sadly, many people could use these messages. Thanks for sharing them.

  26. Heidi says:

    Thanks so much for linking up, and for your patience with me as I navigate these new waters in my life! I haven't been very steady at the computer, but will try to get back into a regular routine.
    Thanks for sharing your message with;us.

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