“Joy of the Lord” by Rend Collective

Until I saw this video, I had never heard of “Rend Collective.”  Wikipedia says they are “a Northern Irish Christian experimental, folk rock, worship band originating from Bangor, Northern Ireland.”  I liked the song, its words (at least the ones I could understand), and the energy.  It reminds me of Twila Paris’ 1992 song of the same name.  (Her song is less exuberant, but no less joyful.)

Here’s a video (length 2:45) where two of the artists describe how their joyful performance of this song came about through the pain of a miscarriage.

A Flash Mob at the Smithsonian

Did the people in the Smithsonian Institution who heard this stirring music think about the words they were hearing?  Do we?

Joy to the world! The Lord has come
Let earth receive her King!
Let every heart prepare Him room

If “the Lord has come,” why do we act as if He has yet to come?

And if “the Lord has come,” why do we act as if He is not here?

If He is earth’s “King,” why is His name either scorned or forgotten…except at rare times like this?

And if He is earth’s “King,” why do we not honor and obey Him?

If we are to “prepare Him room,” why do thoughts of so many other things crowd our hearts?

And if we are to “prepare Him room,” what place in our lives does He occupy?

God Is Measuring Us

If you are going through the daily Bible reading with us, you will remember this verse and reminder from yesterday.

Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff;
and someone said,
“Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar,
and those who worship in it.
– Revelation 11:1

God is taking our measure.  Will we measure up?

Here’s another reminder of the point, this time in musical form (video 4:05).  It’s The Measure of a Man by 4Him, released in 1996.  The lyrics are included, which make the point that God is measuring us according to what He sees, not what man sees.  Thus, according to 1 Samuel 16:7, David was bigger than Saul or Goliath!

How can you know God will be with you?

How can you know that God is with you?

…the LORD is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you…  –  2 Chronicles 15:1-3

How then do you know you are with Him?

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  –  James 4:8

Therefore, do not forsake the Lord.  Keep doing what is right in His sight.  Then you can say as Jesus said when He walked the earth:

…He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him.  –  John 8:29

Then you can sing this song (He Will Be There For You by 4Him, 1990).

Scripture quotations taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB), copyright 1995 by the Lockman Foundation, La Habra, California.