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Pieces | A Soaking Devotional

STEFFANY-GRETZINGER

Most of the time I know right away if I like a song or not.  I either instantly fall in love with it, or I don’t.  And then there are those other songs like “Pieces” that somehow sneak their way into my heart.

I’m not sure why I didn’t like it at first.  I think I didn’t get it.  God doesn’t give his heart to us in pieces? What does that mean?  It didn’t click for me, but it made me strangely uneasy.  When “How He Loves Us” was new a few years ago, I had a similar reaction.  Sloppy wet kisses and the dramatic, soloist-style melody for a worship song?  It made me uncomfortable. I didn’t realize how much I needed the message it carried.  Much to my distaste, that song kept following me to every church service and conference I went to until I broke.  I realized how much I need to know He loved me that way, and I had no idea how many walls I had up to God’s goodness and to receiving such a gushy outpouring love.  The song eventually broke that off me, and now I can almost never listen to it without having an encounter with God.  This song, “Pieces,” by Steffany Gretzinger and Amanda Cook from Bethel Music has been a similar journey.  I love those two singer/songwriters, but for some reason, I didn’t understand or care for this song, until I heard this live version sung by Steffany.  Towards the end of this worship performance she further expounds in song about what it looks like to give your whole heart and suddenly it clicked for me.

This is song is letting us know that God loves us well.  He doesn’t love us like the imperfect friends, fathers or lovers we’ve had.  He’s extremely generous with His heart.  He’s not holding back any love, waiting for something in return or fearful that you will break it.  He gives his whole heart, without expectation of anything in return.  It’s a free gift because his faithfulness is not dependent on our faithfulness. (2 Tim 2:13)  It’s with this kind of reckless, unfailing love that He is healing each of our broken hearts and renewing our definitions of true love.  And now, once again, I’m addicted to this song that I once was impartial to.

I like to feature songs on our blog every once in awhile, whether they are popular or from a brand new artist, to inspire you to a new kind of devotional: soaking devotionals!  What is soaking? It’s just a word I like to use for laying down and instead of pouring out your worship to God, receiving and listening and resting in the presence.  Don’t get me wrong, if you’ve been reading the blog long, you know I think worship is very important and powerful as well, but not the point of this exercise today.  Find somewhere comfortable, close your eyes, listen and receive.  Try to resist the urge to pray or petition or perform for God in anyway.  Just ask Him to come and speak you to you, and then listen. This live version of the song has lots of lovely spontaneous, prophetic words at the end so I challenge you to listen to the end, resting in the presence and receive all God wants to say to you!

Perhaps you’ve already heard this song a million times, but even if that’s the case, I challenge you to be rest and receive anyway and be open to what God wants to speak to you through it this time.  Perhaps there are more pieces of your heart that He wants to heal.   I’d love to hear how your soaking time goes and/or what this song means to you in the comments below!

Here are the lyrics if you want to reference:

Pieces

by Steffany Gretzinger/Amanda Cook

Unreserved, unrestrained
Your love is wild
Your love is wild for me
It isn’t shy, it’s unashamed
Your love is proud
To be seen with me

You don’t give Your heart in pieces
You don’t hide Yourself to tease us

Uncontrolled, uncontained
Your love is a fire
Burning bright for me
It’s not just a spark
It’s not just a flame
Your love is a light
That all the world will see
All the world will see

You don’t give Your heart in pieces
You don’t hide Yourself to tease us

Your love’s not fractured
It’s not a troubled mind
It isn’t anxious
It’s not the restless kind
Your love’s not passive
It’s never disengaged
It’s always present
It hangs on every word we say
Love keeps its promises
It keep its word
It honors what’s sacred
‘Cause its vows are good
Your love’s not broken
It’s not insecure
Your love’s not selfish
Your love is pure

You don’t give Your heart in pieces
You don’t hide Yourself to tease us

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