A few weeks ago, I won a copy of the Praise Baby Collection: Born to Worship cd from a giveaway on the Praise Baby blog. Z and I have listened to this CD several times, and we both really enjoy it. The CD is a good mix of modern worship songs (We Bow Down, etc.), hymns (Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing), and at least one new song that -to my knowledge- cannot be found anywhere else (Made to Praise).
As a sidenote, when I hear the first song on the CD, Step By Step, I can't help but relive many nights of standing in my summer youth camp's chapel, stomping my feet to the words "STEP. BY. STEP. You'll lead me..." For some reason that song tends to remind me of junior high angst...usually with some now-long-forgotten boy at the center of my concerns... but, really, I love that I can share with my little son songs that I sang as a child & teenager, and songs that I enjoy and worship with as an adult.
I am enjoying the song "Jesus, I am Resting, Resting"- I believe I've heard it before, but I've never been familiar with the words, and I'm loving getting to know this song better.
And my favorite song? On the whole album? The one that makes tears well up whenever it comes on? Made to Praise. The song that's unique to this album. Want to see why? Well, you'll have to start by imagining that all you've ever wanted in your whole life is to be a mommy, and to raise children that love and praise and serve God. And then you waited years for God to bless you with a sweet baby. And then He did! And then, one day, as you're driving down the road, listening to your Praise Baby CD and glancing in the rear-view mirror at your sweet little boy, who might be sleeping or quietly listening in the back seat, you hear these lyrics:
From the earth to the sky,
I'm the apple of your eye
You created my form,
and knew me long before I was born
I was made to praise You
I was made to love
I was born to worship
the Father, the Son and Spirit of God.
Made in Your image and wrapped in Your love
From the sky to the earth
Lord, we celebrate Your birth
That You came as a man,
revealing to us Your wonderful plan
We were made to praise You
We were made for love
We were born to embrace You
The only God and Father above.
Made in Your image and wrapped in Your love.
Are you crying yet??? Anybody? Well, you may have to add some time-of-the-month hormones into the imagination mix if you're not... :) I seriously just cried re-reading the lyrics. :)
I just love the gentle reminder of this song that each of us are created and set into our place by God, FOR His glory- not just our own happiness (although happiness is found in serving Him as He has designed).
In short, Z and I adore this CD. We will be listening to it many times in the years to come, I can assure you. Check out the rest of the Praise Baby line over at www.praisebabycollection.com- they have videos that look really neat, too- and you can watch clips from them on their site!