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A Boy Named Alexander

Are you familiar with Alexander? He was the boy who had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Sometimes I have days like that. Or several terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days (or even weeks or months) strung together. It’s easy to turn away from God in the midst of those days.

Matt Redman has a song called 10,000 Reasons about the Christian’s response on those days. It’s based on Psalm 103. The final verse says:

And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years and then forevermore

The apostle Paul had every reason to be depressed or despondent about his circumstances. In prison awaiting potential execution, chained 24 hours a day to a roman soldier, he wrote the book of Philippians. Its dominant theme? Joy.

His response is best captured in Philippians 4:4:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4

Despite the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad circumstances of his life (according to earthly standards anyway…), Paul chooses joy as his response. It’s a joy rooted not in the happenings around him, but in Jesus Christ. Facing one of the toughest times in life, I think he would have sung with Matt Redman, “Still my soul will sing Your praise unending, ten thousand years and then forevermore.” What about you?

Music I’m Listening To

Not too long ago, David Crowder came out with a new CD titled “Church Music”. It’s been a regular in my music listening since it came out. Now I’m grooving to Matt Redman’s newest CD. Not sure which I like more right now.

Two tracks from Matt’s CD that stand out to me:

This Is How We Know (YouTube Video)

The opening lyrics:

This is how we know
This is how we know what love is
Just one look at Your cross
And this is where we see
This is where we see how love works
For You surrendered Your all
And this is how we know
That You have loved us first
This is where we chose
To love You in return

You Alone Can Rescue (YouTube Video)

Some favorite lyrics from this one:

Who, oh Lord, could save themselves,
Their own sin could heal?
Our shame was deeper than the sea
Your love is deeper still
You alone can rescue, You alone can save
You alone can lift us from the grave
You came down to find us, led us out of death
To You alone belongs the highest praise

Any good ones you’re enjoying right now?

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