by Eric Barger

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. - Psalm 16:11

Music has been an important part of my life as far back as I can remember. Now, knowing the Lord as Savior, it remains so but with a completely different perspective than back in those dark days when I served the world, flesh, and devil.

Along with several other artists in the worship and praise genre, I have come to greatly appreciate the long-standing Christian group, Newsong. Their music has filled my vehicle, office, and earbuds probably as much or more than all other such talents combined. Tremendous vocalists, godly lyrics, and good production are a winning combination to me and Newsong has it all plus an abiding sense of joy and an obvious heart for evangelism. Many years ago I came to appreciate their songs and I've become particularly fond of a few of their older compositions in recent times. Though I've heard most of their songs many times through the years, it's only been in the last few months that I find myself intently focused on a select few of their messages. More on that in a moment.

Unexpected Encounters

About the title of this piece. Personally, I've had a number of "God moments" of late. By that, I mean sovereign, unexpected visitations of His presence. Though the Holy Spirit is with every believer at all times and though we should ask for, expect, and anticipate His interaction in our lives, there are moments completely of His choosing when He draws near to do a unique work in our hearts and minds. I'm finding it a bit hard to describe, but when it takes place you certainly don't want to get in the way or try to rush God along. No way!

I want to use the word "revival" here because that seems to best represent what has been happening deep inside of me as times of refreshing, inspiration, and, yes, conviction have come and then subsided as the Lord has seen fit. These instances have been frequent during this spring and summer season, usually coming in the pre-dawn moments of study and prayer just as my day is about to begin.

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