Meaningful Music Monday: Joy- Rend Collective

I’m a huge Rend Collective fan. That is no secret. Their Campfire album was awesome and the idea behind the campfire and the video produced is something the Church still needs to consider.

Last fall I was able to see Rend Collective in concert with some great friends and my wife. There is no other experience like seeing Rend live. The concert was before their new album came out but one thing that stuck with me was this statement of which I’ve tweeted before I’m sure…

Seriousness isn’t a fruit of the Spirit, but JOY is.

Joy is the song which kicks off Rend’s latest album The Art of Celebration. Joy is something I’ve long thought about. Everything from what we find joy in, to how do we receive joy and really what is joy and why is there so little joy in this world?

What is joy? Well Google defines it as such: a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. My problem with this definition is the phrase “a feeling”. Is joy really just a feeling? Something that is here one moment and gone the next?  I consider that feeling happiness and if you look at happiness it has more to do with the “happenings” around you than it does with your inner self.

So to me joy is something more than a feeling. It is a way to live life. Having joy or feeling joy has less to do with what is happening around me and more to do with what is going on inside me. I think this is reflective in the words to their song below. Finding Joy isn’t about a fleeting feeling, it is more about an attitude of life and finding joy through all of life’s ups and downs. It’s not something we have to have every day or all the time, but we need to be reminded that God is a God of joy and creation and celebration!

Joy- Rend Collective

We’re choosing celebration
Breaking into freedom
You’re the song
You’re the song
Of our hearts

We cast aside our shadows
Trust You with our sorrows
You’re the song
You’re the song
Of our hearts

We’re dancing to the rhythm of Your heart
We’re rising from the ashes to the stars

You’re the joy joy joy lighting my soul
The joy joy joy making me whole
Though I’m broken, I am running
Into Your arms of love

The pain will not define us
Joy will reignite us
You’re the song
You’re the song
Of our hearts

The dark is just a canvas
For Your grace and brightness
You’re the song
You’re the song
Of our hearts

We’re dancing to the rhythm of Your heart
We’re rising from the ashes to the stars

You’re the joy joy joy lighting my soul
The joy joy joy making me whole
Though I’m broken, I am running
Into Your arms of love
[x2]

You’re the joy
The song in my heart
The hope of my soul

In the shadows
In the sorrows
In the desert
When the pain hits
You are constant
Ever-present
You’re the song of my heart
[x2]

You’re the joy joy joy lighting my soul
The joy joy joy making me whole
Though I’m broken, I am running
Into Your arms of love
Into Your arms

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