New Life Worship
"Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." (Psalm 42: 11) David talks to his soul. He is downcast. He is weary. I was struck by this passage because I was relating to David. Because of the great trials our church was enduring, I was weary. I wanted to sing to my soul. I wanted--from my spirit-- to tell my soul to get up and find rest in a great God. I wanted to tell my soul to decide that no matter what, He is worthy of praise.
The chorus line "You are greater, greater than the fight that rages for my life," was written, and I questioned if it was too graphic or aggressive of an idea. It was one week later that a gunman walked on to our campus and opened fire. We lost 2 precious teenagers that day, and if it weren't for the actions of a few heroic security members, it could have been hundreds. I realized then that the lyric I had been questioning was a prophetic statement and I decided to keep it.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16: 33) This passage leaves us to conclude one thing. He is greater. Greater than our weakness. Greater than our failures. Greater than our circumstances. Greater than the fight that seems to rage over and over again. It's a declaration of truth. Our God is greater. But it doesn't end there. Not only is He greater, but He is inviting us to find rest! "For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11: 30) Let's surrender to our awesome God and find rest... find life and healing. - Jon Egan
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