Worship Leader Misty Edwards and the worship team at the International House of Prayer
(IHOP) in Kansas City, Missouri have breathed several new worship anthems into the Church from their annual Onething Live
conferences. "You Won't Relent," "You Satisfy My Soul," "Baptize My Heart," "Arms Wide Open," "I Feel His Love
," "The Love Inside
," "The Gift
" and "Pour My Love on You" consistently bless me as a worshiper.
I was excited to hear Onething Live: Shout Your Name
, recorded at Onething 2014. The project features Forerunner Music artists and IHOPKC worship leaders Misty Edwards, Jaye Thomas, Laura Hackett Park, Jonas Park, Jon Thurlow, Justin Rizzo and Ryan Kondo. The collection includes gorgeous renditions of Kari Jobe's "When You Walk in the Room" by Jon Thurlow, "In the Presence of Angels" and "Lift Up Your Head
" by Laura Hackett Park and Kevin Prosch's "So Come" by Misty Edwards.
Focusing on the conference's theme of "Until the fame of Jesus fills the earth," each song from the 11-track project reflects the unique musical and spiritual gifts shared 24/7 by the worship team at the House of Prayer. Onething Live: Shout Your Name is a completely worshipful album in the style of Jesus Culture, Bethel Music and Misty Edwards' previous offerings of Spirit-led praise and worship. Every single song could be added to your Sunday morning worship set. The eternal Love of Jesus is beautifully expressed in these compelling songs. A stand-out track is the acoustic-driven "So Come" sung by Misty Edwards. I had the chance to speak with Misty about "So Come."
Please tell me the personal story behind this song.
I have heard this song since I was a young girl, and I always felt so moved by it. Then I heard a message by Mike Bickle from the passage in Revelation about "and the Spirit and the bride say come." He said that there are three ways we cry "come." We say "come" to the world, like come to the wedding. "Isn't life more than food and clothing, and isn't life more than meets the eyes?" That call is specifically to the broken and humble, the needy and the contrite, and we're crying out "come" to the highways and byways.
Another way is that the Spirit and the bride are also crying "Come Lord Jesus! Come to us in revival." Come to us in the spiritual sense today.
The third way we cry "come" is asking Him to come to us in the sky. "Split the sky and return!" Those three modes of crying come are captured by Kevin Prosch in this song, in all of those ways. First, the song talks about the broken and the worthless, and beauty for ashes, and we cry "so come." Come to Him. The song ends with a cry for revival. The days are coming when the plowman will overtake the reaper, and the prophetic utterance that Jesus is coming to us in a spirit of revival. And eventually, He'll come for us in the clouds.
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?
Isaiah 55:1 (VOICE)
: "If you are thirsty, come here; come, there's water for all. Whoever is poor and penniless can still come and buy the food I sell. There's no cost--here, have some food, hearty and delicious, and beverages, pure and good."
Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
: Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV)
: Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
Romans 8:22-25 (MSG)
: All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it's not only around us; it's within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We're also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don't see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.
1 Corinthians 1:27 (VOICE)
: But celebrate this: God selected the world's foolish to bring shame upon those who think they are wise; likewise, He selected the world's weak to bring disgrace upon those who think they are strong.
Revelation 22:17-19 (NKJV)
: And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Revelation 22:20 (NKJV)
: He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
What is the takeaway message?
I love the simplicity of the chorus, "so come." Just agreeing with God's heart for the broken and agreeing with God's heart for a great revival. More than a revival, because that's normally praying for the Church to be revived, but praying for salvation for the lost, specifically. I've always loved this song, and it moves me so deeply.
I've been very drawn to these themes in the past few years, even more so in praying for physical healing for sure as I've faced physical suffering. I don't like to use the word suffering relative to me, because I know people have really suffered deeply physically, and have the courage to face that every single day. God's heart is for restoration and healing.
Also, facing our own brokenness. The older I get, the more aware I am of my own sin, and my own brokenness, and my inability to follow through on my lofty visions. I am more aware of my own failure. I find the compassion of God, like when He revealed Himself to Moses after he said, "let me see Your glory." God said, "I'm compassionate and gracious, I'm merciful, and I'm slow to anger."
When we ask God for His glory, even to fill the temple with His glory, He's going to come with compassion. That's going to be His primary demonstration of His glory. I'm facing my weakness, my health issues, and my brokenness, and I'm identifying with finding God's glory in His compassion, knowing He actually lives and is near to the brokenhearted.
When Hannah sings to God in 1st Samuel, she says that the Lord surrounds Himself with the people of the dunghill of humanity. He has compassion, even with people trying to live devoted lives, and we need to remember He is near us because of His kindness and His generosity. He defines His glory this way. We try to define God's glory in man's terms, with a pompous ego-centric type of description. That's not worship. God is relational, and in my own journey I'm drawn to these types of lyrics.
You have taken the precious
From the worthless
And given us beauty for ashes
Love for hate
You have chosen the weak things
Of the world to shame
That which is strong
And the foolish things
To shame the wise
You are help to the helpless
Strength to the stranger
And a Father to the child
That's left alone
And the thirsty You've invited
To come to the waters
And those who have no money
Come and buy
So come, so come
So come, so come
Behold the days are coming
For the Lord has promised
When the plowman
Will overtake the reaper
And our hearts
Will be the threshing floor
And the move of God
We've cried out for will come
It will surely come
For You will shake the heavens
And fill Your house with glory
And turn the shame
Of the outcast into praise
And all creation groans and waits
For the Spirit and the bride to say
The words that Your heart
Has longed to hear
Misty has a personal testimony and ministry where she has chosen to serve as a worship leader and lead the bride of Jesus, His Church, into a deep, meaningful relationship with Him. Misty has written a wonderful book called "What is the Point?
" which tells about her faith journey and the revelations she has experienced. God's love is the cure to the disease of sin we suffer from, and His grace is the gift we've been given.
We all need to remember that earth isn't our permanent home, and our freedom from the restlessness of this world will come when we enter the true rest that can only come from living eternally with Jesus Christ. This song has become a personal worship anthem for me to sing daily, remembering that "everything under the sun is meaningless." As St. Augustine put it so perfectly, "our hearts are restless until they rest in You."
We sometimes put up a wall between us and God, and He just wants us to come home to Him. Many of us feel that we're not worthy of being near God and that He's using a checklist to determine our worthiness. That's not the Gospel. The Good News of the Gospel which this song perfectly portrays it is that God accepts us no matter what we've done. The simplicity of the chorus repeating "so come" allows you to soak in the truth of the verses and think about whether you are connecting your heart with God's heart, which is to show us His glory in His compassion and mercy. He is near to the brokenhearted. He delights in the humble and contrite in spirit. To quote Ghandi, "In a gentle way, you can shake the world." As Christ's image-bearers, demonstrating His heart for the broken is how we can shout His Name and show Jesus.
Misty's gorgeous rendition of Kevin Prosch's beautiful song "So Come" causes my heart to sing along loudly about this glorious promise in Revelation 22:20: "He who testifies to these things says, 'Surely I am coming quickly.' Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!" God loves you so much. Lean on Him, and He'll give you strength. If you are a follower of Jesus, you can know for certain that God is singing these words over you: "So come
." Amen to that!
(Watch Misty sing the song here.