Awaken – Natalie Grant

Sometimes I feel like I’m just existing
I’m not really living
I’m only watching the time slip away
I’ve forgotten who I am in you
I’m not who I’m meant to be
I’m drifting farther away from my destiny

Awaken my heart, awaken my soul
Awaken your power and take control
Awaken the passion to live for you, lord
Awaken me

My soul is longing, my heart is searching
I’m desperate for you to move
Give me a hunger, pull me closer
I’m crying out to you

Awaken my heart, awaken my soul
Awaken your power and take control
Awaken the passion to live for you, lord

Open my eyes so I can see your presence dwelling inside
Wake me up, cause I can’t live another minute
if I’m not shining your light

Awaken my heart, awaken my soul
Awaken the passion in me

Lord, awaken me to live my destiny
Lord, awaken me and shine your light through me
Lord, awaken me to live my destiny
Lord, awaken me and shine your light through me

 

Natalie Grant’s song stands on its own in all the songs we’ve looked at thus far because it is not necessarily a song about the Christian response in the midst of trials.  Her song is about “not really living” while “time slips away.”  This is a song about finding an awakening experience in the midst of the drudgery of life.  Grant believes she has a “destiny” that involves awakening her soul, awakening her pour, taking control, and awakening a passion to live for the Lord.  She wants her eyes to be opened so she can see the Lord’s “presence dwelling inside.”

There is one word, however, that we must look more deeply into: destiny.  What does Grant mean when she throws around words like destiny?  I have read reviews of Natalie Grant, and I have found that she seems to be doing a lot of good for the world.   Her and her Husband have spent a significant amount of time in India trying to find ways the modern church can help stop sex-trafficking, but what does the word destiny mean in this song?  The destiny in this song is apparently something that she can “drift away” from.  If you do not follow your destiny, Grant argues that we won’t be who we were meant to be.  But who is it that we are meant to be?  Grant seems to be arguing that we exist for the purpose of an awakening experience with God.  In the tradition of those like Aquinas, she is saying that we can know God through our experience.

Grant’s song is an interesting look at another experiential Christian contemporary worship song.

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