Job 13:15a “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him.”
Job has lost everything. His fortune is destroyed, all of his children have been killed, his health has been taken from him and he has . His friends turn against him, and even his wife tells him to “curse God and die.” He has nothing left…but when Job fell he fell on the firm foundation of his faith in God.
Not that Job was walking around thinking “it’s all good.” Rather, Job was crying out to God, asking why, and wishing he was dead. But “in all this Job did not sin in what he said.”
If you’ve been in a church more than once in the last 15 years you’ve probably heard the song “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redman which references Job’s amazing comment after hearing of his incredible losses: “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”
This truly is an amazing statement. I don’t know if I could say it, but I sure hope I can. I have had a very blessed and safe life, with very little loss. But I pray that my foundation in Christ is firm enough to withstand difficult times. I’m sure when that day comes, this song by Shane and Shane will be constantly on my mind and on my ipod. Continue reading
One of my all time favorite bands is Shane and Shane. I love their music, their lyrics and their passion. Have you ever had a moment when you’re just driving along innocently listening to an old CD and suddenly, without warning, the lyrics hit you like a ton of bricks? Lyrics that you’ve sung along with before, but suddenly it’s as if you’d never heard them. It’s like God just decided to wake you from a dream and these words have so much meaning that it’s the most real thing you’ve ever heard.
This has happened to me several times with Shane and Shane. Probably the most dramatic one was with their song “Everything Is Different” – several years ago. More recently with their songs “Though You Slay Me” and “Faith To Believe“. I’m bound to blog about those two in coming weeks, but right now the one that is my daily theme song is “Without You“. (all three of those last ones are off the album “Bring Your Nothing” — what an incredible album title and concept!!)
The song opens with an expression of faith “I can walk through the storm; I can walk by faith when my sight is gone, just as long as You are here with me.” And follows with an exclamation of complete dependence on God: “I could gain everything; What do I have if I don’t have the King. Oh I need to know You’re here with me.” YES! Lord, I have faith, and I know how much I need You – that without You I am totally lost and my life is worthless. But Lord… I need to KNOW You’re here WITH ME…right now. I need to sense Your presence… Continue reading
Personally I think it’s kind of funny to title a blog post “Indescribable”. If our God is indescribable, then how can I possibly attempt to post a blog full of words about how indescribable He is? But in my opinion, that is what worship is all about! – Trying to describe the indescribable God. We know we won’t ever succeed in compiling a list of words, or phrases, or melodies and harmonies, or actions that will accurately and completely describe the God of the universe. But He is glorified by our attempts.
I believe it is within the search for words that we are actually glorifying God, not just when we find some good words. Just as it is in the search for holiness and in the striving for righteousness that God is pleased. He’s not sitting there with a furrowed brow and disappointment on his mind until the very moment when we achieve righteousness – I know this because the Bible says that “no one is righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10) and yet it also says “(the Lord) will take great delight in you with gladness…He will rejoice over you with joyful songs” (Zephaniah 3:17). Paul says that not even he has attained righteousness; he has not yet “arrived.” But still I am confident that God was delighted in Paul. Continue reading
One of my favorite worship songs (and I admit I have many), is “Run To You (I Need You)” By Kari Jobe. I love having this song stuck in my head because it’s the kind of prayer I want to pray all throughout the day, every day; it’s the kind of prayer that sets the day right – puts things into perspective and helps me keep my eyes fixed on Jesus, the “author and perfector of (my) faith.”
If you are a follower of Christ, or a Christian at all, then you certainly recognize and acknowledge your need for and dependence on God…or at least you’re able to admit it. But when we keep that dependence in the forefront of our minds (fixing our eyes on Jesus), then we end up leaning on Him instead of leaning on our own strength and our own wisdom.
We are called as followers of Christ to remain humble, keeping a true and accurate perspective on our selves and our place in this world, and being constantly aware of our need for and dependence on God is a great way to do that!
But my favorite line in this anthemic song is in the middle of the Chorus:
“I come alive when I’m in Your presence”. This resonates with me at a heart level for sure. This is at the center of my testimony. This is one of the foundational reasons behind why I chose to follow Christ, and i can’t help but think of my “life verse”: John 10:10b “I have come that you might have life and have it to the full.” Continue reading
Here’s one of my new favorite songs, “Cornerstone” by Hillsong. It’s based on the old hymn “The Solid Rock” by Edward Mote. Give it a listen and let me know what you think. What’s your favorite contemporary version of an old hymn? Leave a comment.