A Song For Every Occasion

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I’m reading a new book called Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards by Kyle Strobel.  I’ve always enjoyed Lee Strobel’s books and his journey from atheism to believer.  Something Lee posted on Twitter not too long ago intrigued me to check out this particular book written by his son, Kyle.  Whenever I come across the word glory in Scripture it stirs up a kind of joyful anticipation inside me that’s hard to explain or put into words.

Prior to picking up this book, I didn’t know anything about Jonathan Edwards other than the fact that he was theologian who lived a long a time ago.  I’m only a chapter into the book but a couple of ideas have already resonated with me.

The first thought:  “The Christian life is a journey to see clearly.” pg 34

Last week I shared with you the following leadership quote. I shared how it simultaneously inspires me and makes me uncomfortable. “Let your need for clarity be the reason you lean into confusion.”

Let your need for clarity…”The Christian life is a journey to see clearly.”

You see why this quote in my new book captivated my attention?

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Last Sunday, as I drove to church with clarity swirling around in my head, a song came on the radio. It’s one I’ve heard many times but hearing it again at that specific moment seemed significant to me.

“He walked the dirty streets famous for nothing
He said, “Come follow me” and they came
A face like all the rest, but something was different
The Son of God would lead the way

And soon they all would say

There He goes, a hero, a savior to the world
Here He stands with scars in His hands
With love He gave His life so we could be free
The savior of the world

He spoke with clarity, walked across the sea (Matthew 14:27)
A single word would calm the storm (Mark 4:39)
His touch could heal the sick, but He was called a hypocrite
Laid behind the stone, his death was shortly mourned

He left the curtain torn  (Matthew 27:50)

There He goes, a hero, a savior to the world
Here He stands with scars in His hands
With love He gave His life so we could be free
The savior of the world

He chose to take the cross, shed tears for the lost
The broken and the needy, forgiving those who were and will be
The angel made it clear, he told them, “Have no fear
He’s not here, He’s not here”

There He goes, the hero, a savior to the world
Here He stands with scars in His hands
With love He gave His life so we could be free
The savior of the world
(The savior of the world)”
–Hero, written by Abandon

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The second thought: “Spiritual formation, Edwards tells us, is about learning a song we will sing for eternity.” pg 33

I love how Edwards compares this journey to seeing clearly to learning a “new song”.  I know this was Edwards way of explaining the process of spiritual formation but the idea resonated with me because songs and song lyrics have played a pivotal part of my faith journey from the very beginning.

I hear His song play through the darkness of the night. (Psalm 77:6, Psalm 42:8)

David, the shepherd boy turned king wrote about this new song all the time.

“He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the LORD.” Psalm 40:3

“Sing to the LORD a new song; Sing to the LORD, all the earth.” Psalm 96:1

“Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.” Psalm 33:3

“Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones.” Psalm 149:1

“I will sing a new song to You, O God; Upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You” Psalm 144:9

What I love about this is that David was compelled to sing about this new song all the days of his life.
It captured his heart.
It was the beat guiding his movements.
He kept singing, he kept celebrating, he kept sharing the beauty of this new song regardless of season he found himself in.
David searched for the lyrics even in the darkness because this new song was worth singing and sharing again and again.

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