Jonsi is the nickname of Jon Thor Birgisson, the enigmatic Sigur Ros singer. In Sigur Ros, his music is ethereal, sprawling and mysterious — it’s even sung in a language of his own devising. But Jonsi also writes songs that can be upbeat, even celebratory, and often sung in English. His new solo album, Go, is where he’s found a home for that music, and it’s a brilliant and creative assortment of songs.
I wrote this rendition of Psalm 23 when I was 16 or 17. I think this was recorded when I was 18? My mom found these old recordings of me. It’s funny. My voice and music have changed so much since then but the Word… the Word never changes. The Word is still powerful and this Psalm still tells of (as me and my girls like to call it), the best date ever.
Getting Rooted in LOVE (God,) that I might become a Body Wholly Filled and Flooded with God Himself! Ahh!! This is all I want!
Ephesians 3:17-20 (Amplified Bible)
17May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love,
18That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it];
19[That you may really come] to know [practically, [a]through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses[b]mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] [c]unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and [d]become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!
20Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]—
Once you learn to accept offers, then accidents can no longer interrupt the action. […] This attitude makes for something really amazing in the theater. The actor who will accept anything that happens seems supernatural; it’s the most marvelous thing about improvisation: you are suddenly in contact with people who are unbounded, whose imagination seems to function without limit.
These ‘offer-block-accept’ games have a use quite apart from actor training. People with dull lives often think that their lives are dull by chance. In reality everyone chooses more or less what kind of events will happen to them by their conscious patterns of blocking and yielding.
“Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.”—Romans 5:6-8 (The Message)
Tonight, with my head in a frenzy, attacked by feelings of inadequacy and failure, I found myself seized with the thought that I am not a priority to anyone and may never be, that no one sees me as beautiful or valuable (the Devil always uses broad and general statements when he lies, have you noticed this?) I am easily overlooked and mistreated. Yadda yadda yadda. No one sees me. No one sees me!
Then God spoke these words to my heart. ”You are not an afterthought to me. You are my Obsession!! No matter how anyone else treats you, this is true… I see you and I love you completely, enough to come and rescue you.”
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