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Dana McCabe: Music

"Where The Giants Are"

(Dana McCabe)
November 1, 2006
mccabe / wooten

Where The Giants Are © 2001

Litho-Giants Seize Freyja by Arthur Rackham

When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the LORD your God and rescued from your enemies. Numbers 10:9

This is a little embarrassing, but this title track was actually written after work on this album was already way in progress.
I had begun to use this as my working project title because, well, I thought it sounded really cool. I had some ideas for songs about God’s call to us to carry His
Word to a world filled with giants of all kinds, and I just thought it fit.
One day my friend Rick Harwell made an off-hand comment about not especially caring for album titles that had no corresponding title track. I took this as a challenge, and “Where The Giants Are”, the title track is the result...thanks Rick....God does indeed
work through His people! :-D

Here’s the scripture that got me going:

...The Lord said to Moses, “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites.”
They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey!...But the people who live there are powerful...We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are...All the people we saw there were of great size...We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh tore their clothes and said to the entire Israelite assembly, “The land we passed through and explored is exceedingly good. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land...and will give it to not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.

Numbers chap 13: 1-2, 27-28, 31-33; chap 14: 6-9

At first I thought only of the “big” giants...

War, AIDS , Illiteracy

I began to realize, though, that most of us deal with more personal giants...the ones that sometimes come and sit on our chest and dare us to get out of bed in the morning. The ones that are standing at our front door when we open it and taunt us with our failures and

Listen to these voices...

“My giant is the daily battle within me.

On one hand I am the ever questioning realist...On the other hand, I search for the child within me - to be a child of God. I battle to see only the good in people, not judging them. I battle to see God with awe as through the giddy eyes of a child on Christmas morning, unquestioning with no boundaries or second thoughts. The war never seems to be won, it is a multitude of battles, some lost and some won.”

“It's so easy at times to just give up and go through life in complacency. But then there is the Spirit of God which I can't ignore -
who leads me down the tougher, but much more rewarding road - into battle!”

“I believe firmly that because I have actively embraced the power of prayer and intercession and openly
acknowledged the powerful force of God our Father on my life; that I have had to bear witness to Satan's anger...In the moments of panic I have been forced to try and ignore them and instead focus on the person and power of Jesus.”

“My giant has always been loneliness...”

“I face numerous giants daily... “

“I guess one of the biggest Giants in my life is finally coming to terms with the fact that I AM imperfect, and just
accepting that fact unconditionally.”

“I struggle with...failing to see the big picture, Extending God's grace to others when he has so freely given it to me...”

“probably my biggest "giant"...a feeling of depression and lostness and disconnect especially as it relates to any sort of large purpose that I might have or be supposed to be about...”

There are times when God wakes me up in the middle of the night with a call to pray. Sometimes it’s for someone in particular, and sometimes it’s a call just to be with Him in the dark and the silence; to offer up undistracted praise...

In the dark of night...I’ve heard the distant drum and trumpet call...
Calling to my heart...telling me there’s work yet to be done
That there’s land to be taken...and souls to be won
Father, won’t you let me be the one?
Let me go...where...the giants are
Let me take Your sword into my hand...Set my feet and take a stand
Let me go...where...the giants are...Come go with me...

from “Where The Giants Are”

No matter what giants we face, we can ask God to go with us, and He will. He said so in His Word.

The real miracle happens when we use our experience to help someone else face theirs, and they do the same, always keeping Christ (and Him crucified) at the center of it all.

It’s how the battle is won.