This song revolves around a question that has been central to Pastor Mark's preaching... who is on the throne of your heart?
I've been hearing this song on the radio quite a bit recently, maybe you have too. The message is simple; it's easy to get beat up in this world, feeling as though we're in an everlasting valley or maybe even going off course completely. But that is not where we are meant to live or where we need to stay. So how do we break free of that all-too-natural place? Remember. Remember the truth of who I am and what Christ has done. Simply, remember the empty grave.
Malachi 2:5-6 - “My covenant with him (LEVI) was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him. It was a covenant of fear, and he feared me. He stood in awe of my name”
Signing bonuses, number of years guaranteed, owners' options - these are all terms that are bandied about in the sports world during contract season. God made a contract with Levi and his descendants, the priests. Both God and the priests had their role in this. The priests were to give to the LORD “fear & awe”. He would give to them “life & peace”. This is the continual journey offered to all God’s people today as New Covenant “priests” (I Peter 1).
Whatever is biggest, most dominating, most compelling in our lives is what we fear and are in awe of. It is what is central to us. When God is central, we walk in wholistic life, real life, a life of peace. It is how the contract works in daily experience.
In a world of many fears….. “what is going to happen to my country!!!????”…… “what is going on with my daughter??!!!”, “who would ever want me??!!”…. “what will this merger mean to my job??”…… we are offered life and peace as we allow God to be BIG in our lives. Maybe this is a great time to be reintroduced to the big God of the Book of Deuteronomy or Isaiah. Meditating on such a God will enhance fear and awe, and result in life and peace.
In the spirit of Mother's day, and specifically thinking about my wife, I thought this song was appropriate. I especially like the commentary of the artist and his thoughts at the beginning of this video.
And if you'd like a verse to think about on these lines, Proverbs 31:9-1 is a good one.
If God's primary desire for each of his children was to free them from all suffering than he does a pretty lousy job. The Christian is often left with questions unanswered, seasons not completed and struggles not yet solved.
Our fairy tales have the "happily ever after" once the struggle has concluded.
Yet, It always surprises me both how much God allows suffering and how much he is found within it.
The God of light and dark, suffering and hope, cross and empty tomb meets us in both mountain and valley.
It is only as we know him in each that he becomes "our life" (Colossians 3:4).
We've done this song at the Collingswood campus a few times. It can get added to the list of songs that are so simple and pure in message that it is tough not to like. I especially like the words of verse 1 and 2.
Christ is my reward
And all of my devotion
Now there's nothing in this world
That could ever satisfy
Christ my all in all
The joy of my salvation
And this hope will never fail
Heaven is our home
Then it turns into the bridge with lyrics from a classic church song:
I have decided to follow Jesus