Thursday, March 7, 2013

Sovereign by Chris Tomlin

Last Thursday, my wife and I went to see Chris Tomlin in concert. It was great. I love his music mostly because I was taken to a different place. I was moved to worship. But there was one thing he said during the concert that really surprised me. He was sitting at the piano and was talking about his new album, Burning Lights. There are many great worship songs on this album. But towards the end of the album is one song that is called Sovereign. As he introduced this song, I couldn't help but tweet a response. This is what I said about what he said: 

Yes, Chris Tomlin said that he has received more response about this song than any other song on his album. My initial response was then and still is now that the reason he gets more feedback on this type of song is that people long to worship a God that is Sovereign. And it is God's sovereign control of all that happens on this earth that can and should move us to trust Him in all details of His life. He shows that in the lyrics of this song.

Sovereign in the mountain air
Sovereign on the ocean floor
With me in the calm
With me in the storm

Sovereign in my greatest joy
Sovereign in my deepest cry
With me in the dark
With me at the dawn

In your everlasting arms
All the pieces of my life
From beginning to the end
I can trust you

In your never failing love
You work everything for good
God whatever comes my way
I will trust you.

I am not trying in this short post to defend the sovereignty of God. Maybe that will come at a different point. What I am trying to say is that our trust in Him can only truly come when we realize that He is in complete control. Nothing is going to take Him by surprise. That illness, that job promotion, the wayward child . . . nothing takes God by surprise. Good or bad. Calm or storm. 

As you think about what is going on in your life today, reflect back to how knowing that God knows all and is over all influences how you respond to Him. It changes everything. After all, who wants to serve a God who doesn't know? Not me and my guess, not many people.

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