With You // Paradoxology & Come Matter Here Inspired

Over the past few months, since reading Hannah Brenchers book, Come Matter Here, one portion of that book has been stuck in my head. And then, when Elevation Worship released their surprise album, Paradoxology, with the song With You on it, the lyrics reminded me of that portion of the book. Now, you may be wondering what piece I’m talking about from the book and how it fits with this album, but hold your horses, it does.

In the book, I can’t remember what chapter, Hannah talks about when she really starts learning about Christ; she talks about going on dates with Him. Weird? Hold on, it’s not so weird. She talks about how she would set up times to just be with Jesus, to get to know Him; to go on a date of sorts. Not so weird. You make dates to spend time with the people you love, so why not do that with the Creator of the universe? In that part of the book, she’s inspired by a friend to not look for herself in scripture, but to look for God and all of His goodness. Instead of saying “Where am I in this story?” she would say, “Where do I see Jesus?”

A lot of the time, we get so focused on ourselves when we’re diving into scripture that we forget why we’re really there. Yes, The Lord does want us to find ourselves in scripture, but He also wants us to truly know Him, to delight in His beauty. It’s really hard to truly know someone if all you do is talk about yourself. Oh my gosh you guys, I am so guilty of this. I often forget to just sit in the beauty that is Christ and His love and be in awe of who He is.

Now, you’re probably still wondering about the song, because I did say it revived this thought in me. In the song With You, when it gets to the chorus it says:

There's nowhere I’d rather be

When You're singing over me

I just wanna be here with You

I'm lost in Your mystery

I’m found in Your love for me

I just wanna be here with You

There it is. Being lost in the mysterious beauty of Christs love. It’s often really hard to just lay down all your troubles and anxieties to really focus on Him, but when you do, it’s like being lost in a wild romance. Funny thing is, when I actually stop and study Jesus and who He is and where He shows up, my issues and shortcomings seem so irrelevant in comparison to His power over them. It makes me so aware of His promise. It makes me weak in the knees.

Song  of Solomon 1:4

“Draw me after you; let us run.

   The king has brought me into his chambers.”

That’s the whole thing isn’t it? Getting lost in Him. When you’re lost in Him, all the other things seem to fade away, and the best part is, there is no requirement. You don’t have to clean yourself up first. You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to have it all together. You can show up, just like you are. With tears on your face, mud on your shoes, and pain in your heart. He’s right there and all He wants if for you to show up and just be with Him. So, set your date, let Him sing over you, and just get lost in the mystery of His love.

Bridgette Brandon