This morning I heard this song...Move by Mercy Me. It is catchy...It sounds good. It doesn't read well though. Most songs I listen to on the Christian radio don't read well.
Ahhhhhhh, when will we Christians be done with feasting on the fat portions of human arrogance and syrupy sweet presumption!? Main stream 'Christian Music,' is full of these two things. A belief that regardless of scripture, somehow we have a hand in salvation's process, and we sing praises of presumption that because we are "believers," we can expect only good things to happen to us. That is where this song comes in, here is one line of many syrupy sweet presumptions.
"This hurt is getting heavy But I'm not about to cave Everything is about to change There's gonna be brighter days..."
When is it going to change? I just want to post a scripture, did the apostles sing this sort of song to new disciples even? Nope!
When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. Acts 14:21-22
Things won't always be 'peachy' in fact, great tribulations may come, and get this, it may never end until you reach glory! No wonder so many people who eat these modern 'christian songs' are depressed when trouble comes their way. They presume everything is beautiful in this life of believing, quite the contrary, the burden that Christ said was light is regarding our freedom from bondage to sin. Wearing Christ's clothes is a joy even when trouble is raining down.
And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we await for it with patience. Romans 8:23-25
Trouble can be eating our flesh and we have Hope! Hope in our life to come with Christ, not in this one. We can't hope in anything tangible here on earth, scripture says that hope is set in something you cannot see! We all know what that unseen hope is in Christ!
Let us remember lest we forget, our sanctification, our change is more important than what we may think is good for us. The ultimate good, is whatever gives God the greatest Glory!
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. Romans 8:28-30
Douglas Wilson should rewrite a song for Mercy Me to sing...
Thinking through songs with you,