As I drove to the church Wednesday for our weekly rehearsal, the sky was so beautiful I almost hit the ditch! The dark clouds that I had been looming all day were still present, but the sun was bursting through in a way that always makes me think of the second coming of Christ.
"When Christ shall come with shouts of acclimation....my God, how great Thou art!"
Song lyrics from our sunday setlist came immediately to mind.
I continued on my way, trying to focus on the road and not the sky, when suddenly the traffic slowed. A three car pile-up, ambulance, police cars and a fire truck blocked the road. I was moved to pray for all those involved in whatever it was that just happened.
"You give and take away...my heart will choose to say, Lord, blessed be Your Name."
Another song from our setlist.
It occurred to me the necessity of recognizing the greatness of our God in order to have any capacity to TRUST that He has everything under control.
By Sunday morning, the songs were melted into my heart, and the congregation seemed ready to participate.
October 16, 2011
God is Great (Hillsong)
Because of Your Love (Baloche)
How Great Thou Art (hymn)
How Great is our God (Tomlin - our people LOVE this song)
reading: Psalm 46 "God is our refuge and strength....be still and know that I AM God."
Blessed be Your Name (Redman)
I Surrender All (hymn)
We don't always do more than one hymn but as I looked out over the congregation and heard the rise of voices, I was glad I heard what the Lord had for us this Sunday.