Music soothes my soul. There is just something about the combination of words and music that flow together that shoots straight to my heart.
I first heard Steve Moakler at Jon Acuff’s Start night after party in February. Wow. My husband and I just looked at each other and said, “He is really good!” Of course, it helped that one of his songs talks about cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers. That will make Rick instantly like anyone!
We also had the opportunity to see him in a private recording session with about 50 other people in May. What a cool experience that was! After the session, they sent us the recording, and it included songs that he has not released yet. One of those is titled “Riser.” I loved it the first time I heard it in February, and had been searching for a recording of it. He wrote it with a friend who has been through a war and faced hard times, but continues to fight and get back up. I love that aspect of the song, as I think we can all use encouragement to keep fighting when the going gets tough, and keep on rising.
But, this week, I listened to the song and heard a part I had missed before. It spoke to me because it describes me. I didn’t always know this about myself, and have really come to understand and believe it over the last few years. Here are the lyrics.
I’m a try-er
I’m a get down low so I can lift you higher
An army couldn’t keep down my desire
Oh no, I’m a riser
I know now who I am. I am an encourager. I have the ability to lift people up. I thrive on helping others. And as much as I have tried to push that desire down for a long time, an army can no longer keep it down. Something has changed in me, and I know that I am called to do this. It is so freeing to try new things and know that I am living with purpose.
Here’s the chorus of the song as well. The lyrics are so powerful.
I’m a riser
I’m a get up off the ground, don’t run and hider
When pushing comes to shove, man, I’m a fighter
When darkness hits the town, I’m a lighter
Get out alive-r
Of the fire
You can download Steve’s albums on iTunes. And, a little birdie told me that you will be able to catch him at the Start event in Nashville in September, too.
He also has a nonprofit titled Free the Birds, which funds freedom and restoration for women and children who have been exploited by human sex trafficking.
I’d love to hear how music speaks to you. Do you have a song that has been resonating with you lately? I’d love to check it out.