Song For Sundays… kinda!
I set out to write this last Sunday while one thing led to another, and you get the point. I was moved by a song this weekend at church and wanted to share a few thoughts. The song is How He Loves by John Mark McMillan. First the song on video and then some lyrics wrapped up by my thoughts and then a great video explaining the song and it’s background! Don’ miss that video, it will move your heart and challenge you greatly!
He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.
I’m struck by this verse in 2 ways. The overwhelming mercy of God that is unmatched by hurricane force winds which blow on us every day because his mercy surrounds us! But what I really think about is how so many people in the world don’t realize God’s mercy is surrounding them and blowing in their directions, they can’t seem to feel it! Just like most of the world being totally unaware of the devastation Hurricane Katrina caused 5 years ago in so many lives… if you’re not directly involved you don’t see or feel it! But the mercy of God is blowing on us all everyday!
If you find yourself unaware of the Grace of God, I pray you have an “all of a sudden” moment this song speaks of! He loves you and His mercy is present whether you feel it or not!
The second things that strikes me here is the afflictions he speaks of! The beauty of the lyric is this… the afflictions are still there. The pain, the anger, the hurt is still in the room… but our attention shifts! Our attention is on the mighty wind and mercy of God blowing our minds once again! And because of this mercy we become unaware of our deepest afflictions, and begin to notice the beauty and mercy of God in our mess, and then we ultimately we realize that no matter what… God loves us, nothing can separate us from his love! Romans 8:38-40
We are His portion, and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If His grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.
And Heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about, the way
“If His grace is an ocean we’re all sinking” has been rattling in my head all week-long! I don’t know that elaboration is needed, its plain and simple… every day I sink into the ocean of His grace, and I need it… every day! Thank God for His grace and mercy! I don’t realize it enough, but this last Sunday when we sang this song I got lost in that reality~
Pastor Scott Howard of Life Church of Mobile said it best after we sang the song reflecting on the line
And My heart turns violently inside of my chest…
He said this, “Love demands a response! Weather it’s the love of your children or your spouse, when they show you love… a response is necessary!” And how much more necessary is our response to this kind of love from a God who loves us more than we can even fathom! How much more should we respond to a love that is unconditional… a love that carries on in the midst of your brokenness, your mess, your sin.
How He Loves Us All!!!
Here is a video of the story behind this song… authentic guy just writing about his real struggles before God! I love it even more now!!!
“That’s really the kind of song I wanted to write, through this frustrating period He could, you know in my anger and resentment, and in my frustration he could still love me through that… and in this process of dealing with my buddy dying he could love me through that, He was OK, He wasn’t offended at the fact that I was angry at God.”
I have said these words myself in dealing with God through my grief and sorrow!