It had been a very challenging week for me, I’m glad that I can finally get some rest on a peaceful Sunday night. I was thinking of what to do whether I’d play the guitar, listen to some old school Dream Theater music. But suddenly it just hit me, I had another one of those Psalm 143:5 moments: (https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=180504928653097):
“I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.”
It’s been a really long time since I wrote. I think I should do this more often because I realize that this is one way I can best express my thanksgiving to God. 🙂 So here goes!
I’ve been listening to Jon Owens’ song: “We Give Thanks”, this song is very sentimental to me, because every time I hear the first line from the song I remember the time when I still didn’t have a personal relationship with Him. I believe that for every Christian out there whose life has been turn around by God, this song will always have a special place in our hearts. This is because the song gives a picture of everyone’s state before we knew God. Romans 3:11 says: “there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.”
To better illustrate the point I’m trying to make: Luke 15:11-32 tells of the story of the Parable of the Lost Son. This single and probably most popular parable by Jesus summarizes the entire message of the Bible. All of us have fallen short, all of us have sinned, all of us have turned away, and ran away from God “When I was running from You”. We thought that we can live and manage life on our own, but in the end we really can’t because we don’t know what’s best for us.
However, the great thing is, as the song goes: “You called out to me…”; there was a time that my life had no direction, I really didn’t know where I was going and what purpose I had in life. Until one day, God revealed himself to me and I decided to get to know Jesus and live in obedience to his commands. That single decision I made three years ago was the difference maker. Of all the changes my life has undergone, this is the change that is permanent and this change is the one that’s really going to last in my heart until I die. Again as the song goes: “I was forever changed”, my life will never be the same again.
As I write this blog, I have figured that in this life, as we try to find answers to so many questions, and try so many different things this world has to offer to us, we’ll never be really able to answer all those questions nor find anything that will fully satisfy our desires. Even C.S. Lewis wrote: “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” The second to the last part of the verse says: “And now You’re all that I need” which I find the condition of my heart to be in. My heart only longs for God and him alone, just like Abraham (Genesis 15:1) I find him to be my greatest reward in this world and David that apart from God I have no good thing in this world (Psalm 16:2).
And even though I know that we don’t live in a perfect world, even though I know that challenges will come left and right, and even though there will be times wherein the storms will never appear to stop, the last part of that song says:“My strength and my peace, forever”. Cause He is my source of strength in an imperfect world, and He is the peace that calms the storm inside of me and silences the war inside my head.
Micah 5:5 “And he will be their peace.”
God bless everyone! 🙂
We Give Thanks
When I was running from You
You called out to me and I was forever changed
And now You’re all that I need
My strength and my peace, forever
I lift my hands to You in awe of Your majesty
I lift my hands to You in awe of Your love for me
We give thanks to the God of all gods
We give thanks to the Lord of lords
We give thanks to the King of Glory
We give thanks to the Holy One
Your loving kindness is everlasting
Great wonders You have made
Your kingdom reigns throughout the heavens
Oh Lord, receive our praise
(Here’s the link to the song in YouTube if you’re interested to listen to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xF0KbMOhD8)