This song, “Sing Along” by Christy Nockels, has been speaking to me lately. (Watch and listen to the video!)
It speaks of God’s nearness, despite how circumstances seem…of His care and love for each of us. He wants us all free, but so many are captives and don’t know it. Some know it and feel helpless to change. I’ve been there.
I have friends whose marriages are on the brink of divorce. I know young people self-distructing, despite the love that their parents have for them and the freedom the parents so desperately want for them. I walk my neighborhood street and look at homes and wonder what all goes on in those homes. Are there crying, hurting people right here on my street? You bet there are.
I’ve also been heavy-hearted for the world my kids will be growing up in. Josh and I have talked to them about same-sex “marriage” and all the gender neutral talk and how it is a rejecting of God as Creator of all things. “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. ” Genesis 1:27
22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body,[b] of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”[c] 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Marriage is a gift from God that He intends to use to show the world a picture of Christ and the Church. Divorce saddens me. Gay marriage saddens me. Sin that contributes to the breaking of a marriage covenant saddens me.
The conversations aren’t fun, but they are necessary. We want them to hear from us why we believe what we believe and use the Bible as our foundation.
So sometimes we feel hopeless over the state of our nation or the hurt our friends are enduring or our own sin. But I’ve been comforted by the fact that my God is not far off, unaware or unconcerned. He sees. He knows. He loves us and sings over us.
Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love. He will rejoice over you with singing.”
I want to live in the hope of Jesus and sing along with My Great God and show His great love. I need to be quieted by His love so many times when my opinions and judgments and emotions desire to take over. Remember, He is The Mighty One. He will save. Sing along!