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What comes first - the music, the melody or the lyrics? Its a common question in song writing, and as I write these song stories I realise that there is no hard and fast answer! I guess being ready, willing and able to flow with what ever is going on and how ever you are feeling at the moment is far more important.
That’s where this song was birthed. It was during a worship session at a Revival Fires conference in Dudley, and we had reached one of those points where you don’t want to move on from the moment because there is something so special going on, and also because you can’t think of any song that would capture it correctly. So, in that atmosphere, I started singing out the words ‘I love Your presence’. We repeated it and repeated it, but instead of adding on something like ‘the way You change me’ or ‘its the power to heal’ or something similar at the end, I was overwhelmed with the thought that He was just ‘here’. As the band and congregation joined in and the melody escalated, I knew I had to remember this humble chorus for later...
Some messages live with you forever, I think its one way the Holy Spirit speaks to you. Some time after that conference, I remember watching Larry Randolph speak on TV about Moses at the burning bush in the book of Genesis. Larry spoke about how God set the bush on fire to distract Moses from the every day, the mundane, the routine, the familiar. My soul fed on Larry’s words for weeks, it felt like the right idea to hang this simple new-found chorus upon, and I forged the lyrics for the verse around those words.
As worship leaders, it can be so easy to become accustomed to the songs we sing, either wanting to use the hits that ‘do it’ for people, or just sometimes going through the motion of worship without our hearts really engaging. That’s what I love about His presence. Its always so real and there’s no escaping when He shows up. I want to try and live with that as my focus, to expect Him to walk into the room and ruin us for the ordinary. That what this song is about.
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