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“More Than You Could Know”

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7

Let’s rethink love. This is what I said to myself when I wanted to write the album “Kings.” Like most people, all throughout my life I have been looking for proof that there is love.  As I got older I have come to understand that there is love everywhere I look. There is love in the sunrise and the sunset.  There is love in new beginnings and there’s love in the end. There is even love in what we think is absence of love.  I see God‘s creation, and that is love.  All I ever need to do in order to see love is look around me.  A great amount of love has been spent on every soul that has walked by me today.  Each and every person — molded by God to be uniquely beautiful, and it is sad that we are too blinded by the world’s standards to see it.  We look in the mirror, yet we don’t see exceptional beauty.  We walk around and instead of God’s creation we see things like shapes and sizes… not souls.  The truth is we are good enough for God.

In the song “More Than You Could Know” I am trying to restore some of that truth.  We are worthy of love, and we are beautiful.  Writing this song was an eye opener for me.  I had to really think about what love is to me, and what does it mean to be loved by God.  I thought about my life, the people in it, and the blessings I have received. I know I am not worthy of it, but somehow God has given them all to me… He tells me that I am worthy.  So, what can I do? I cannot possibly do anything to repay or deserve these blessings.  All I can do is say “I am blessed. I am loved. I am restored, and God has made me good enough for this.”

God’s love has no boundaries, has no limits and no end. It is wider and deeper than the ocean, and it cannot be explained neither by angels, nor by saints. It is a great abundant love that forgives all failures and restores life itself.  And every day when I wake up, I try to take that in because it is all that I can do. I do not try to fight it, nor challenge it. I just look in the mirror, and say: “I am good enough.” then I stand up and spend my day living it.

A big help in understanding this truth are my parents. I have been watching my parents show love for each other in various ways, and this made me understand that love doesn’t always mean happiness or good times.  Sometimes it means sacrifices and investing in your loved one.  1 Corinthians 13:7-6 says “Love bears ALL things, believes ALL things, hopes ALL things, endures ALL things.  Love never fails.”

You do not have to be big and tall to be great.  You don’t have to do anything in order to deserve God’s love because there isn’t anything that will make you worthy of such love, but yet He declares us worthy; it is there and it is yours.  David, the smallest, the youngest and the most insignificant in his family has been chosen to be great. Maybe he wasn’t good enough for the world, but he sure was good enough for God.  So, on the days when I feel like I have failed and that I am not good enough, I look in the mirror and say “I am David.”

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Something Less

“But when they said, ‘Give us a king to lead us,’ this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the LORD. And the LORD told him: ‘Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.’” 1 Samuel 8:6-7

So many times we look at the world around us and say, “If only I had that thing, person, status, [fill in the blank] then my life would be better.”  Instead of relying on God to be our everything we try to replace Him with the things of the world so that we would look more like the world.

If I can be open and honest I would say that the thing I seek out is success, so much so that I have created for myself an irrational fear of failure.  I try so hard to make life work and avoid failing that I forget that God is already working in it all, even in my failures.  I force open doors to things I think would be good for me so that I don’t have to fail.  All the while, I forget so quickly that I probably learn more through having failures.  I don’t let myself fully fall into the arms of God and let him pick me back up.

So let’s have a trust fall.  What in my life am I trying to replace God with?  What am I trying to make happen for myself rather than looking to what God would have for me?  It may even be something that seems good, but God has set out a plan for each of us that is truly good.  He knows the course which is best for us, and here’s the crazy part – it doesn’t look like the world.  The plan that he has doesn’t always make sense in worldly standards, but it doesn’t need to look like the world because God is bigger than the world.

So what am I making happen for myself?  What doors have I forced open that God needs to close?  I don’t want to settle for “Something Less.”

Download the new album "Kings" on iTunes

Download the new album “Kings” on iTunes

Something Less

Crowns, golden jewels, a golden rule
All things pretty.
Time will rust away and make decay
Of this city.

How did we become disarmed by the world’s charm?
I must confess we’ve settled for something less
Why’d we blur the lines, defined by the world’s eyes?
And failed to see that he is everything we need

Kings, empty oaths, prideful boasts,
So deceiving.
Fools, let it go. Don’t you know
The night is thieving?

How did we become disarmed by the world’s charm?
I must confess we’ve settled for something less
Why’d we blur the lines, defined by the world’s eyes?
And failed to see that he is everything we need

Take up all your treasure and toss it in the flames
All the sons and daughters, we’re the ones to blame

We’ve exchanged heaven

How did we become disarmed by the world’s charm?
I must confess we’ve settled for something less
Why’d we blur the lines, defined by the world’s eyes?
And failed to see that he is everything we need

Coopertheband - Kings

a bold beauty.

david had been insulted.

for a long while, david had spent his time in the wilderness as he ran from saul.  he had waited for God to move and had attempted to present a Godly life.  while in the wilderness, he protected local farmers and herdsmen from robbers.  they even referred to david and his men as a “stone wall.” (1 sam. 25:16)

but when david asked the herdsman, nabal, for provisions to help feed his men – a sort of thank you for protecting him – nabal acted as if he had never even heard of david and went as far as comparing him to the very criminals david had been protecting nabal from.

david was outraged, and rightly so, but he lost all concern for honoring God and vowed to stop at nothing until nabal was dead.  it was then that nabal’s wife, abigail, a woman of great wisdom and beauty, stepped in.

she boldly and humbly knelt before God’s true anointed king.  she reminded david of when he killed goliath – that it was not his strength that defeated the giant, but rather God’s.

abigail essentially says, “your task, david, is not to exact vengeance; vengeance is God’s business, and you aren’t God.  you’re out here in the wilderness to find out what God is doing and who you are before God.  the wilderness isn’t an experiment station in which you test yourself and find out how strong and resilient you are.  it’s where you discover the strength of God and God’s faithful ways of working in and through your life.  nabal is a fool, but don’t you also become a fool.  one fool is enough in this story.”

it was abigail’s beauty, her “discretion,” that pulls david out of his rage.  It was her “double-edged beauty of character and countenance that recovered the beauty of the Lord for [david].  abigail on her knees put David on his knees.” (eugene peterson, “leap over a wall”)

i will end with a quote from eugene peterson:

there is nothing more common in the spiritual life than starting out right and then going wrong.  we start out with enthusiasm and promise, surging with energy and purity of heart.  and then somewhere along the line, we’re corrupted and spoiled.  st. paul coined the term shipwrecks to describe these episodes.  the remains of these shipwrecks are everywhere, to be seen in legislatures and courtrooms, athletic stadiums and concert halls, kitchens and bedrooms.

and most tragically, among Christians.  not one of us is exempt.  someone offends us, crosses us, doesn’t give us what we want.  our self-importance flares up and we’re off to do something about it – usually off to do something about it armed with righteous indignation.  wrapped up in ourselves, we’re angry because our self-defined identity is violated.  we’re off to avenge hurt feelings, a bruised self-image.  we’ll get even, get back at them, show them a thing or two.

and then we’re stopped by something beautiful – child, friend, stranger; cloud, song, fragrance: abigail.  we find ourselves presented with something quite other than what we’re feeling and doing.  and we suddenly realize that we are quite other than what we’re feeling and doing.  wrapped up in ourselves, we had forgotten entirely about God; we now see ourselves as wrapped up in the bundle of God, with nabal reduced to nothing more than a footnote to the text of our life.

The David Project: Creating the First YouTube Album

The David Project: Creating the First YouTube Album

My newest project, Kings, is an indie folk rock album that is telling the story of David through the combination of both music and video.

a little guitar for giants.

we’re recording electric guitar today!  aaron krause is tracking the song “giants” on a gretsch guitar with tb pickups through a dr. z maz 38.  “and it sounds perfect” – aaron.

aaron krause is an amazing guitarist and producer.  he’s worked with several different projects.  many of them can be found here.  i’m really excited to have him on this project!

aaron krause on guitar for giants

so here’s the track listing for the “kings” ep:

1. something less.

2. find your own way home.

3. more than you could know.

4. kings. (title track)

5. giants.

6. stay, don’t go.

“kings” is the first of  a two part project.  this first ep is six songs and then another 6 song ep will be released in the months following.  i can’t wait to share it with you!

start of a new project.

so today is the day that we begin something that i’ve been working towards for the past year and a half.  i first got the idea for it back in march 2010.  i was sitting at my desk, interning at emi christian music group and had run out of things to work on, so i just started reading my bible.  i was feeling a bit nostalgic because my first cd, venture, was coming to an end.  i remember asking myself several times if this was the end. i didn’t have any more song ideas and i couldn’t imagine coming up with anymore.  i was actually nervous about finishing the project and not having any more ideas to keep doing music, the thing i love most in this world.

i opened up my bible and began flipping through, reading old notes and bits of passages here and there.  i stopped for a moment and just asked God to give me a vision and a mission.  if He has called me to write music, then give me something to write about.  give me the idea and let me proclaim it, shout it from the rooftops, tell the world all about it!  then i flipped to 1 samuel 1 and began reading.  the words leapt off the page in ways that i had never experienced before.  as i read, i was on an emotional roller coaster ride with the story and i could visualize it in my head.  there, i felt more confident than ever before that i had my next project.  i had a story to write… the story of David.

the project is entitled ‘The David Project’, and my mission has become this: “remind people of the relevancy of the bible.”  people so often discount relating to these stories just because they’re from the bible and they’re “old.”  yet, i had felt such a strong connection with this story that i simply had to find a way to share this experience.  God began opening my mind to find creative and cool ways to tell the story.  it’s packed full of love, hate, passion, fear… a songwriter’s dream!

today we started recording it, and i can’t contain my excitement anymore!  i’ve never been more confident in an undertaking.  i’ll post again with a more in depth look at the project and how it will play out, but first off i just wanted to share my excitement.  i hope that this project will be for you the same it has been for me.

drum set up - tracking day

Tracking Day 1 - Drums

my heart is confident in you, O God;

my heart is confident.

no wonder i can sing your praises!

wake up, my heart!

wake up, O lyre and harp!

i will wake the dawn with my song.

i will thank you, Lord, among all the people.

i will sing your praises among the nations.

for your unfailing love is as high as the heavens.

your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.

may your glory shine over all the earth.

psalm 57:7-11

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