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Monday, November 19, 2007

The Attitude of Job in Song

We sang this song at church yesterday. I am not always a fan of some of the songs (especially the super-repetitive choruses) that church's sometimes sing. This song, however, (although it has the flavor of one of those choruses) it is so meaningful to me. It makes me think of Job and his attitude in the midst of trial. I hope when trouble comes I will be able to sing and grow in the outlook that says "Blessed be your name" no matter what my circumstances. I have had small trials in my life that demonstrated to me the moment-by-moment dependence on the Lord. ...but I have never gone through some of the darker trials. I often think of dreadful things that could happen and I fear the sadness. I fear losing a child to death and the great sorrow that would accompany something like that. The Lord has given me much and I have trepidation when I think about Him taking it away. If this doesn't sound so spiritual, well, at least I am honest! Nevertheless, I hope that I will be found faithful when and if those sorrows come my way. God is good all the time and His name is great.

Blessed Be Your Name
by Matt Redman


Blessed be your name
In the land that is plentiful
Where the streams of abundance flow
Blessed be your name

Blessed be your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be your name

Every blessing you pour out,
I turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say...
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your glorious name

Blessed be your name
When the sun's shining down on me
When the world's all as it should be
Blessed be your name

Blessed be your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be your name

Every blessing you pour out,
I turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say...Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, Blessed be your name

11 Comments:

  • They sing that at my church.

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 11/19/2007 8:21 AM  

  • Thanks for sharing the song, Rose. I feel the same way.

    By Blogger Missy, at 11/19/2007 9:31 AM  

  • Hi Rose--You know of the on going circumstances with my wife's back--with that in mind yesterday I cried during this song.

    It's been a long four years of much pain.

    I spent the next few moments writing down a few verses that describe being joyful in difficult circumstances--

    There is truth here--We would not be as close to God as we are without this pain.

    It has been said that God will never give you more than you can take--That is a lie--God will give you more so you will rely and depend upon him.

    Blessed be the name of the Lord!

    Still Just a Bill

    By Anonymous Still Just a Bill, at 11/19/2007 12:39 PM  

  • I also do not favor highly repetitive songs. However this song took on new meaning for me recently.

    My sister-in-law's brother was killed in a car accident two weeks ago and this song was sung at the funeral.

    The other song that was sung was "In Christ Alone".

    To hear the father declare that - "God was sovereign and He gives and takes away, yet blessed be His name" - was quite powerful.

    By Blogger Jim, at 11/19/2007 2:48 PM  

  • DF,
    It is surprising how much our churches have in common.

    Missy,
    I am glad you like it.

    Bill,
    Tell Carrie that we love her. I am so glad that you are saying blessed be the name of the Lord. I hope Carrie will get better soon. I am glad you can see good in the trial. God bless you, Bill.

    Jim,
    What a story. Wow. Yes, that is powerful. Thank you for sharing. I pray that I will be like that.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 11/19/2007 4:24 PM  

  • He's from Sonicflood right? Didnt he also write "Open the eyes of my heart"?

    That one is repetitive as well but also prayerful as this one is.

    By Anonymous brian, at 11/19/2007 7:52 PM  

  • No I just checked Rose. It is a guy named Paul Baloche. Is he with Sonicflood or do they just sing that song and the other one...or am I getting it all mixed up?

    By Anonymous brian, at 11/19/2007 7:55 PM  

  • Wow Rose, this is so meaningful to me right now! Do do love that song and remember singing it with John Schlitt from Petra at a concert I attended this year! The words are right out of the book of Job! (Yet, sadly some condemn this song for having a beat!)

    Recently, a Christian friend of mine named Vince was hunting and fell twenty feet out of a tree stand and severed his spinal cord, parylizing his legs. I sent out some prayer emails and update emails about Vince's condition. I would like to share one of these update emails and the response from a Christian brother as he references Job's famous words "Blessed be the name of the Lord!"

    Here is the email I sent out and the response:

    "XXXXXXX,

    Already God's hand is clearly seen in the circumstances of Vince's fall. He should have been initially transported to Mauston, WI after his injury, but the helicopter couldn't land there because of a snow storm. So he was taken to a larger city, albeit farther away, to Duluth, MN. But in God's providence this happened for good reason, as of course DBC is there and the saints ministered to him greatly. (Vince and his family attend WOGBC, the church plant of Duluth Bible Church.) An unsaved friend of Vince and coworker of mine drove the five hours to Duluth last weekend to visit Vince in the hospital. He said he saw the love of Christ in those who ministered to Vince in the hospital. Vince told Dennis that he would gladly give up the use of his legs to see Dennis come to know Christ as his Savior. It was so emotional that some had to go outside the room and cry! So God is working. Vince is being molded into His image and will one day be given new legs! Until then, in weakness he will be made strong!

    For His Glory,
    Jonathan

    P.S. Vince is being transported down Wednesday. I'll fill you in more then.

    [Response email:]

    Jonathan,

    Thank you for the updates. We see as through dimly lit windows. Who knows what can become of this! May the Lord be glorified and may many come to know Him and know Him greater through this trying time. I want to be prepared when trials come my way. Can I say, "The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the Name of the Lord?" I sure hope so, but I sure hope that such an event doesn't happen to soon in my life.

    I am glad that you are being a friend by showing yourself to be such a good friend to Vince.

    Please keep me updated,

    XXXXXXX"

    By Blogger Jonathan Perreault, at 11/19/2007 11:25 PM  

  • Brian,
    I am not sure at all. I am not a very good authority on CCM, I am afraid. :~) I just know what touches me, but I can't tell you who it is by all the time or what else they wrote or sang.

    Jonathan,
    Thank you for that story. This is a true demonstration of faith. wow.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 11/20/2007 10:43 AM  

  • Rose,
    I think we all worry about how we would do if various trials were to come into our lives. But we have this assurance that God promises to give us sufficient grace in our trials and His power is made perfect in our weakness.

    I like this quote from Pilgrim's Progress.

    "Then I saw in my dream, that the Interpreter took Christian by the hand, and led him into a place where was a fire burning against a wall, and one standing by it, always casting much water upon it, to quench it; yet did the fire burn higher and hotter.
    Then said Christian, What means this?
    The Interpreter answered, This fire is the work of grace that is wrought in the heart; he that casts water upon it, to extinguish and put it out, is the devil: but in that thou seest the fire, notwithstanding, burn higher and hotter, thou shalt also see the reason of that. So he had him about to the back side of the wall, where he saw a man with a vessel of oil in his hand, of the which he did also continually cast (but secretly) into the fire.
    Then said Christian, What means this?
    The Interpreter answered, This is Christ, who continually, with the oil of his grace, maintains the work already begun in the heart; by the means of which, notwithstanding what the devil can do, the souls of his people prove gracious still. 2 Cor. 12:9. And in that thou sawest that the man stood behind the wall to maintain the fire; this is to teach thee, that it is hard for the tempted to see how this work of grace is maintained in the soul."
    -John Bunyan

    By Anonymous VA ~Susan, at 11/23/2007 9:02 PM  

  • I love that song.. one of my favorites.. We sang that one a lot with the guys in prison.

    I have a bit of a different take on Job's reaction though.. I think that reactions like his at the loss all of his children (I had similar ones when my first wife died) are religious expressions of denial. The good news is that Job got through denial and eventually began to grieve his losses.

    Blessings to you Rose!

    By Blogger Kansas Bob, at 12/09/2007 6:25 PM  

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