Luke 5:16

Stop Singing!

Tim Hughes from Worship Central has a song called Everything.  My worship team has been playing it in worship for almost a year now.  The lyrics are below:

God in my living
There in my breathing
God in my waking
God in my sleeping

God in my resting
There in my working
God in my thinking
God in my speaking

Be my everything

God in my hoping
There in my dreaming
God in my watching
God in my waiting

God in my laughing
There in my weeping
God in my hurting
God in my healing

Christ in me
Christ in me
Christ in me the hope of glory
You are everything

Christ in me
Christ in me
Christ in me the hope of glory
Be my everything

Great song, don’t you think?  It’s a powerful arrangement that swells from calm reflection to eager petition for God to be present in our lives.  But, I want you to stop singing this song! (No offense, Tim.  Read on…)

Conviction

Can we sing this song with sincerity and truth if we’re not living what it says?

The song itself is not to blame.  In fact, it really is a song of reflection and inviting God to take first place in every area of our life.  But, just like the scriptures that we (hopefully) meditate on each day, the sermons we (hopefully) actively listen to each week, the prayers that we (hopefully) constantly send up throughout the day, we should strive to make it true for ourselves, live it out, take the risk of sounding like a fanatic when we respond to life’s activities with a strict regard for God’s will in our lives.

Is God really present in your walking, your sleeping, your breathing?  Is he allowed into your speaking, your thinking, your hoping and dreaming?  Can you find God in your weeping and your hurting as well as in your laughing and your healing?

If not, then my suggestion would be that you remain quiet the next time this song comes up.  Use that chance to reevaluate why you haven’t started letting Him into every nook and cranny of your being.

Empty Promises

It’s kind of like those empty promises that we, humans, are so good at creating.  We say we’re going to do things, we’re going to make a difference, we’re going to quit all our bad habits, we’re going to start spending more time with our kids, but we never take any steps towards making those things happen.  We make excuses for why we’re too small, too weak, too dumb, too busy, too distracted, to really accomplish all those things that we’ve promised.  So we go on living life the same old way with the same old schedule and the same old problems.  Never once realizing that we’re once again at a point where we have to either change our ways or make yet another promise that may never get fulfilled.

God is there waiting.

We keep singing about how we want God to take over our lives and exist in every action, experience, and thought that we have, but we never take any steps in his direction.  We decide not to change our orientation back towards him (repent) and make our lives the sacrifice.  We make excuses.  It’s too scary, it’s too hard, I’m not in control, I don’t know where to find God, he’s too hard to understand.

So if you’re going to make excuses, stop singing!  This may sound judgmental, and I could very easily be pointing a finger at myself, but if this is the way you’re going to live your life, just stop!

Stop and reevaluate.

Stop talking and start listening.

Stop and realize that God is right there waiting on you, ready to give you a reason to sing at the top of your lungs “You are my Everything!”

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