Friday, January 25, 2008

Enough about Stinky Billy, What about praising His name?

James 3:9 & 10

9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father,
and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness.
10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing.
My brothers, this should not be.

The book of James is like a dad who spanks you one minute and plays catch right afterward. This passage reminds me of a time where my mother washed my mouth out with a bar of soap. I can admit I sometimes need that bar of soap.

I love God and I praise His name daily but there are times when I pause and say, "Why did I say that." It could be the people I work with or music on the radio. Really, I cannot blame anyone. I believe the mouth is one of the most powerful parts of the body. One minute we are sitting in church singing lovely melodies to our Creator and the next we could be talking about Billy, the stinky kid down the street. I think it all boils down to walking closer with Christ. The more you hang out Him the more you talk like Him and want to be like Him. It sounds cheesy but it's true. That's my prayer for myself and
for you.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Worship in a time of suffering

I recently got back from Baltimore, MD and during my time there I sang the song, Blessed be Your name, a couple times. I went to Baltimore to visit a church and this church loved this song. This song was so familiar to them and I don't know why.
It could be that Matt Redman writes really catchy songs. Also, it may be the content of the song. Anyway, I was singing, Blessed be Your name, in the shower this morning and when I came to the bridge, I had to think what the lyrics meant to me.

The lyrics of the bridge go like this:

You give and take away, You give and take away
My heart will choose to say, Lord blessed be Your name

(Then you sing again and again and then you shout it)

The first thing I thought of was the story of Job. Job was blessed so much. He had tons of cattle and family (Job 1:1-3). "He was the greatest man among all the people of the East". This guy was set and he was a true follower of God. Then poof one day all was gradually taken away from him. In the midst of losing all of his sons, daughters and being diseased himself, he still praised God.

All this went down like this: Job 1:20-22

20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship 21 and said:
"Naked I came from my mother's womb,
and naked I will depart.
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
may the name of the LORD be praised."

22 In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

That is pretty powerful stuff. Seeing how Job worshipped challenges me to do the same. Job was a man who worshipped in a time of suffering. Jesus was a savior who gave us the ultimate example of worshipping through sacrifice. Christ was the ultimate sacrifice and Job gave us a taste of worshipping when losing it all.

So, what are some things you think of when you sing: "You give and take away...My heart will choose to say, Lord blessed be Your name"

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Ice Ice Baby

Knoxville almost froze over last night and early this morning. I almost slipped off the road twice. All I could do is just pray that I don't flip, dip, or slip off the road and it worked. I am here now at work, typing this blog trying to keep up with those who blog every other min. I am not bitter. Just kidding!!!