Gifted Australian composer and performer Ray Mizzi has been writing songs for as long as he can remember. Drop by his SOUNDCLOUD page to hear some of his intricate and complex works of art. His song we feature today, however, is a more simple piece which allows the spotlight to shine on vocals and lyrics to great effect. Without much clutter to distract us, “I Will Call Your Name” comes through “loud and clear” as a personal statement of faith even in the face of hard times, a gentle anthem which calms the spirit as it promotes a sense of hope and peacefulness within the listener’s heart. Mizzi’s vocal clarity and beautifully layered harmonies only serve to enhance the effect.
As is often the case, this meaningful and thoughtful song came into being during a time of hardship. Without going into detail, let’s just say that the last decade or so hasn’t exactly been “smooth sailing” for Mizzi. Broken relationships, lost connections and more recently economic hardships have sometimes challenged his resolve. But through it all, he continues to cling to the grace and peace of Jesus.
When Ray sings “I can do anything for you (Christ) give me strength”, he echoes the apostle Paul who wrote in Philippians 4, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty” adding that he had “learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Even the powerful leader and apostle Paul didn’t just automatically know the secret of contentment. He tells us that he learned it through experience. What was this amazing secret that Paul learned? What was this key hidden truth that enabled Paul to keep moving forward even during the times when he was “hungry” or “in want”? Fortunately for us, Paul didn’t keep us in suspense. “I can do all things through him (Christ) who gives me strength.”
That’s it. That’s the secret! When we depend upon and follow Jesus, we can persevere through whatever comes our way. Of course, that doesn’t make our trials easy or painless. But it does give Christians something very important. It gives us a true source of hope to which we can cling through difficult times.
If that explanation somehow doesn’t quite seem to resonate fully in your heart yet, don’t be discouraged. Give it time! For even the amazing apostle Paul had to learn this secret through experiencing Christ’s faithfulness through all things, “well fed and hungry”, “in plenty and in want”.
In the meantime, I recommend we all pause in a quiet place and listen to “I Will Call Your Name” by Ray Mizzi. I recommend that as we do so, we consider the fact that this beautifully peaceful declaration of faith was written and recorded during a time in which its singer and composer was “in want”.
Yes. When we seek and follow Jesus, He will mend our broken hearts. He will bring rivers of water to the desert. This song “minsters to me” Ray confides. Let’s give it a chance to minister to us as well.