A Song in My Heart

Thou Art Worthy (Rev.4:11) and I Offer My Life to You

Thou Art Worthy

Thou art worthy Thou art worthy
Thou art worthy O Lord
To receive glory glory and honor
Glory and honor and pow’r

For Thou hast created
Hast all things created
For Thou hast created all things
And for Thy pleasure they are created
Thou art worthy O Lord

Longing for Home

The One Year Bible readings this week have included the 11th chapter of Hebrews, a chapter often referred to as the “Hall of Faith.” One of the passages I love comes from this chapter:

“These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.”- Hebrews 11:13-14

The older I get, the more I find myself feeling a longing for that “homeland.” Keith Mathison of Ligoneer shared this video from Scottish singer Dougie MacLean preforming his song “Caledonia.” It’s a lovely song about longing for home. Give it a listen and then pick up my comments below.

I love the line: “So I’ve been telling old stories, singing songs that make me think about where I came from, and that’s the reason why I seem so far away today.”  Isn’t that a picture of our gathering as God’s people? We come to the Lord’s table, share the old stories, bear each others burdens and sing songs of hope. As pilgrims we long for that country whose builder and maker is God – a new earth where sin is destroyed and death is no more. I feel so far away from it today but I know His glory is out on the horizon.

Matt Maher – Turn Around (Official Live Performance)

Just one of those songs that make me smile!

Young man on the side of the road
Lost and beat up with nowhere to go
Smells like a hangover from days ago
He does what he can to survive

Single mom with a dead-end job
Ninety-hour week just to keep what she’s got
But the bills add up and now she’s caught
She does what she can to survive

Well let me say that love won’t take away the pain
But don’t be afraid ’cause it will never walk away

If you’re scared that you don’t matter
If you’re lost and need to be found
If you’re looking for a Savior
All you gotta do is turn around

Some turn to a bottle
Some turn to a drug
Some turn to another’s arms
But it seems like it’s never enough

Well I won’t say that you will never fail again
But there is grace to wash away your ev’ry sin

If you’re scared that you don’t matter
If you’re lost and need to be found
If you’re looking for a Savior
All you gotta do is turn around

No one listens to you anymore
And your heart has broken down
You don’t need to move, love has come to you
All you gotta do is turn around

You don’t have to take the broken road
You can turn around and come back home

CCLI Song # 5877395

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Unexpected Joy

The best 12 minutes you will spend today. Thanks to Tim Challis for pointing it out.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4:4-7 ESV)

David, Goliath and the Gospel

This is really excellent. I think from time to time that I’m making progress in a move from a man-centered gospel to a Christ-centered gospel. The truth is that what I discover more and more is how insidiously entrenched pride is in my own life. The temptation to make it all about me is ever present. Matt Chandler gives a great example of this in the video above. May we make it always and only about the triumph of Jesus. For more info on The Gospel Project, click here.