Saturday, July 17, 2010
If We Ever Needed Him
The song by Casting Crowns, If We Ever Needed You speaks volumes to me and is a heartfelt prayer. The group wrote the song when a member of their church was killed while serving in Iraq. The song became for them, a way to work through the grief of that experience. When I hear this song, I think of our world today, not just the war being fought in the Middle East, but the war being fought right here in our midst~ the war for life, and for God. Both are being extinguished from our world and from this country. So yes, if we ever needed Him, we need Him NOW!
Indeed we do need God now and always, but He also has need of us in a way. Certainly God being God, He doesn't really need us, but as His children He requires of us our service to Him. He asks us to spread His Word and make Him known. He asks us to draw souls to Him through prayer and sacrifice. This fact was brought to mind today through a post I read by Fr. Slusz on his blog Come, Holy Spirit. His post, Do We Recognize the Messiah? is a spiritual pep talk of sorts. I don't know about you, but I need this shot in the arm every now and then.
The song and this post seemed to work together, at least for me. In order for the chaos of this world to stop, we need to remember that we do need God, and to need Him we need to recognize Him in His Son Jesus whom He sent as Messiah.
Enjoy the song and Fr. Slusz's post.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.