Friday, January 9, 2015

Lyric Post - "Take Up This Battle With Me"

My appreciation is ever deepening for those who battle alongside me in spiritual warfare (which, by the way, is happening every day, all day -- see I Peter 5:8).  Though many live in close proximity, I know a good handful who live hundreds of miles away, taking on my battle in their own living room, bedroom, backyard, or wherever they happen to be when the Holy Spirit prompts them.  Some days the fighting is just plain hard.  And it's during those days that I really cling to comments like, "I'll be praying for you", not because the sheer sentiment causes a warm breeze of comfort to perk up my emotions, but as if I was really, truly depending on their prayers that day, that moment, to think right and do right.  To expound, this thought touches deeply on a truth that believers today so desperately need to embrace: we need each other.  I wonder, though, if this "neediness" is being lost because we have forgotten about the war.  It seems our war-awareness is only awakened on the occasional sermon out of I Peter 5 or Ephesians 6.  Eventually, oblivion or apathy sets in and we ease back into being easy bait for the enemy, giving even less thought to the vulnerability of the soldiers beside us.  Do we realize who we are up against?  Do we realize what is at stake if we and our prayer warriors do not fervently, faithfully fight?  For some, it may be a sudden fall.  For most though, destruction looks like a slow crumble toward a life for which we were never created. 

These thoughts bleed out in the song below, "Take Up This Battle With Me".  I am so grateful for those who prove their faithfulness to me and the cause of our Captain through prayers on my behalf.  I am privileged indeed to have brothers and sisters in Christ who regularly take up the fight with me, and for whom I hope to return the same faithful love.  We are in this together!    

Take Up This Battle With Me

Words & Music by Heather Schopf          

Many heavy heartaches are hid behind a smile;
I have been the warrior who kept it all inside.
Sometimes the noise of battle, though silent in a crowd,
Will shake the world inside me – it clamors, oh, so loud!

So I say, 
“Take up this battle with me, your fiercest weapon wave
And help me fight the war with prayers in Jesus Name!
And when I see you falter, when enemies pursue,
I'll make your battle mine – I will pray, dear friend, for you.”

Doubts will dance inside us, they're never far away.
Demons dart around us, relentless in their play.
If lurking in the shadows the hungry Lion roams,
How could we be so foolish to face it all alone?

We are one together – this the Church and I;
One in Christ forever, we're marching side by side.
Only then together dare I press along;
The enemies I'm facing are far too strong!

Sheet Music for this song can be found HERE.