Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Stop and Sing

" 'Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,' says the LORD." Isaiah 54:1 ESV

We are all happy when things work in our lives. If we make plans and they come to pass on schedule... if we have an idea and that idea works and produces something great. We celebrate the new job or the married couple's wedding day. Babies being born are a great source of joy and celebration... birthdays and graduations... the new house that people saved and saved and found that is just in the right neighborhood. We want to celebrate these events and we should. These things mean a great deal to those involved and we are happy for them.

Grace is a cause for a different kind of celebration. It is fruitfulness without work or personal accomplishment. There is no labor or process involved. It is God who forever is and was giving what we could not produce.

Grace gives us relationships without production. As it says in the verse... God gives children without having to give birth.

I love worship. It is a place of complete freedom. It is never a celebration of something that has happened it a celebration of who God has revealed Himself to be. Our lips give acknowledgement of God's greatness and majesty and the barren and fertile alike can participate in that song on equal terms.

It is good at times to lay down in our minds the thoughts of what is happening and what is not and just worship.

Maybe things are not working well and our plans seem as barren as a women who wants children but can't seem to have them. Stop and reflect on the good news of the Gospel and sing. Stop and rejoice. God is still God and He has power to give us what we could never ourselves produce. His plan is going well. His work will accomplish what He wants it to accomplish.

"And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, 'Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.' " Revelation 19:6 KJV

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