King Of Kings Devotional
In the darkness we were waiting
Without hope, without light
Till from heaven You came running
There was mercy in Your eyes
King of Kings
Words and Music by Brooke Ligertwood, Scott Ligertwood & Jason Ingram
© 2019 Hillsong Music Publishing Australia & Fellow Ships Music/So Essential Tunes (admin at EssentialMusicPublishing.com)
There is no doubt - we all began in darkness. In fact, the earth itself was covered in darkness, until the Creator came and spoke light and breathed life into His creation.
Today, God is still breathing life into dead things. Our kind Saviour is still bringing light to dark places, hope to hopeless situations, possibility to impossible circumstances. But before we entered His light, we were in darkness. And before we knew true life, we were destined for death. And before coming awake, we were asleep. The Bible puts it like this: “You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.” Colossians 2.13 (NIV)
Earlier this year our Senior Pastor, Bobbie Houston, asked the question “Do you remember the day the lights went on?” What about you? Do you remember the day you found salvation, and the weight of sin lifted off you? The day that from heaven, Jesus came running with mercy in His eyes? Ready to awaken you to all of the hope, grace, peace and joy that is life with Jesus Christ.
It is our prayer that you would remember that moment. That as you listen to the songs from this new album, the lyrics would remind you that you were once in darkness but have been brought into the light – illuminated now to illuminate others.
Last Updated: September 20, 2023
There is a sound that changes thingsThe sound of His people on their kneesOh, wake up, you slumberingIt's time to worship Him Awake My SoulWords and Music by Brooke Ligertwood© 2019 Hillsong Music Publishing Australia At the beginning of this year, our Senior Pastor Brian Houston declared that 'REVIVAL IS IN THE AIR'. This was a statement of faith and expectation, both for the local and global church. It is upon the foundation of Jesus' death and resurrection that everything has new life. This album project for us was a beautiful reminder that the Holy Spirit is always at work in the story of our lives. He was weaving this narrative long before we ever caught on, the idea that REVIVAL – a bringing back to life the people of God from a state of slumber and apathy – is in the air! REVIVAL is unique to the church, to the gathering of God's people. REVIVAL starts with us, but it does not end there. With REVIVAL comes an AWAKENING. The uprising of godly men and women who are committed to prayer, and praise – to not only reading, but obeying the Word of God and to healthy fellowship and community, who's influence and impartation, then impacts the nations. Our AWAKENING goes far beyond the four walls of the church and has a ripple effect to the broader community – it is a picture of God pursuing hearts, beckoning those still asleep, still blinded by sin, back into right relationship with Him. It is our belief that REVIVAL has a sound; that AWAKENING has a sound. It is the sound of God responding to His people praying and seeking Him. Together, a people on their knees, desperate for God to move, will undoubtedly unleash that sound to the nations… Awaken by Lawrence Tribble One man awake,Awakens another.The second awakensHis next door brother.The three awake can rouseA townBy turning the whole placeUpside down.The many awakeCan cause such a fussIt finally awakens theRest of us.One man up,With dawn in his eyesSurely thenMultiplies.
Who has made the righteous bright Who has paved my way with grace Loved me through my darkest hours A thousand different ways No One But YouWords and Music by Scott Ligertwood, Aodhan King & Brooke Ligertwood© 2019 Hillsong Music Publishing Australia. Life with Jesus is both full and abundant, filled with gracious adventure and wide-open spaces. But an awakened life is not necessarily easy or without its valleys. In fact, in living in relationship with the Creator of the universe, it is easy to feel grief for the state of the world and the times we are living in: complicated political days; the tone of the world economy; the darkness of war and famine; people living in abject poverty and desperation – not to mention everyday personal struggles that we can each encounter, such as financial hardship, mental illness, health challenges and relational breakdown. One of the most beautiful aspects of this album for us as a team was watching the unified creative community of Hillsong Worship contributing their gifts, talents and time to this project. Throughout listening to this album, you will hear the collective voices of dozens of faithful people from our church congregation – people just like you and I – who have walked through their own dark days, some still in the middle of the challenge. The beauty of this for us, and we hope for you also – is that they have walked through seasons, both hills and valleys, and they have remained. They have remained in Jesus; they have remained planted in community and they have remained steadfast in worship and prayer. Many of the well documented revivals and moves of God in history have started with prayer. This project was soaked in it. Tim Keller, author and theologian says, “Prayer is the thing that sanctifies your imagination. It plunges it into God. Then the things you think up are gospel movement things.” (timkellernyc on Twitter) Each day before we started recording these songs, we would plunge our imagination into prayer, asking God to help us hear things we couldn't hear and see things we couldn't see. Why don't you do the same today? Invite the Holy Spirit to awaken your imagination through prayer – to open your eyes to see what you cannot see and hear what you cannot hear. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you again in a new way, in your current season. And say a prayer for the world around you – for the suffering in your own family, your community and our world. Pray for persecuted christians, for God's love to reveal itself to them in a thousand different ways so that they too, can remain. Based on the song No One But You. Original post by Hillsong Worship available on YouVersion based on the album - Awake by Hillsong Worship.
No longer I who live Now Jesus lives in me For I was dead in sin But I woke up to see the light See The LightWords and Music by Ben Fielding & Reuben Morgan© 2019 Hillsong Music Publishing Australia Our eternal life began with Christ's death. It was His death that dealt a fatal blow to death itself and gave us eternal life that cannot be taken away. We are a resurrection people, having buried our own sin with Christ, we are now risen with Him into the glorious light of His forgiveness. Yet, God's gift of light is not simply for our own restoration, it is a beacon – to follow in His footsteps. Acceptance of Jesus' death and resurrection life is not just so that we can have life after death, in heaven. It is also a guarantee of true life before death; a commitment to His sons and daughters that life can be lived now, here on earth, abundant and full. Living fully awake to life with Christ is a great blessing and the word of God tells us that God takes great delight in seeing His children blessed. When was the last time you prayed a radical prayer of faith? When was the last time you looked around and saw God exceeding those expectations? Because he does that! Think about this – He rescued you out of sin and death. And He didn't rescue you in order for you to live a lukewarm and sleepy life. Are you living fully awake? Fully aware of God working in your life and bestowing His abundant life in and through you. There are many examples in the Bible where God not only delighted in giving His children what they asked for - but exceeded their expectations: Blind Bartimaeus wanted his sight – Jesus not only gave him that, but also restored him to his community. Peter wanted an opportunity to see Jesus again after his denial – Jesus forgave him, commissioned him and made Peter a leader in the church. The challenge for us today is to recognise the power we have access to, with Jesus alive in us. After all, the same power that raised Christ from the dead – is now alive in us. Based on the song See The Light. Original post by Hillsong Worship available on YouVersion based on the album - Awake by Hillsong Worship.
So help me God, breathe on my weakness For all I want, is to be like JesusI don't have much But what I have is Yours to use So make my whole life Your Upper Room Upper RoomWords and Music by Benjamin Hastings & Joel Houston© 2019 Hillsong Music Publishing Australia It is one of our greatest desires that the music from our own local church, Hillsong, would serve the local church the world over. That the songs that have been birthed within our own ministry, would also minister to you. Yet it is not just Sunday services we hope to serve. The lyrics and melodies of these songs have been prayed for and laboured over in hopes that the Holy Spirit would invade your car, your home, your workplace – and meet intentionally and specifically with you, bringing the light, life, hope, revival and awakening you need, personally. That these songs would serve you, serve your family and help you serve God and others in the season that you find yourself in. It is in Matthew's account of the last supper when we discover Jesus doing exactly that – serving those He loved. At that supper, in the upper room, Jesus was not the guest, but He was the host – He was not the served but the servant. “He took…He blessed…He broke…He gave….” Our beloved Saviour knelt and washed the feet of His friends – He broke bread and fed their bodies and most importantly – He offered them forgiveness. Jesus met them at the table that night and we believe His invitation to you today, in this very moment, is to do the same. He invites you to sit and fellowship with Him. He invites you to both serve and be served. He invites you to enter into relationship, friendship and discipleship with Him – to intimate encounters with Him as a Friend, Confidante, Healer, Heart Mender, Provider, Saviour and King. He invites you to partake in the bread and the wine - His body broken for you and His blood poured out for your healing and wholeness. It was in the upper room that Jesus revealed Himself to Thomas in his doubts; where Jesus revealed His resurrected body, the fulfilment of age-old prophecies. It is where He communed with His friends. It is where He gave them His Holy Spirit as an Advocate for their lives. A physical place that represents the revelation of the old covenant meeting the new… a covenant He keeps with His disciples, you and me, today. What is it that you need from Jesus, today? As you listen to these songs and allow the lyrics to wash over you – may you be reminded of the God who comes close. Of the lengths He goes to for His friends – His sons and daughters, His disciples. May we be a people awake and aware of all He has done for us, and all He desires to do through us. May your life be a place of prayer, a place of worship, a place where others encounter God. May your whole life indeed become His upper room. Based on the song Upper Room by Joel Houston and Benjamin Hastings. Original post by Hillsong Worship available on YouVersion based on the album - Awake by Hillsong Worship.