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You are God and You are Good

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You Are God and You Are Good

This week we will be talking about "You Are God and You Are Good" by Austin Stone. Before we dive into the song though, let's dive into a little back story. I have been lovingly referred to in the worship offices as "The sad worship leader" because I tend to lean towards songs that are a little more contemplative in nature. We have so much joy in Christ that we can rejoice in, and we do! I'm so encouraged to hear the promises of God ring out through congregational singing every week. Even so, I feel like it is also important to realize that life is far from perfect and can sometimes be a lot to handle. It is just as important for us to worship in the good times as well as in the bad because we will travel through both of those seasons of life frequently.

 We can learn much about this from the journey Job traveled in the Bible. If you have never read through Job before, you should close this page and go read it immediately. Job had every earthly possession stripped from him including his family and health. His friends came to him and insisted that it was because of a hidden sin in his life, but that was not true at all. The Lord even said in Job 1:8 that "…There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil." Job was tested in many ways, but he trusted God through the pain and loss. This was the response of Job when he received news of the death of his family.

20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."

22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong.

The concept of worshipping during personal trials is so important and something we should all be mindful of. Our God is the risen King who defeated death and has already given those who believe eternal victory in His name. We must take heart in knowing that his plan will work out for His ultimate glory. Take a look at these two verses and the chorus in this song. We can recognize the good and bad while still bringing the tone back to praise.

Verse 2

For those who mourn today be comfort

and who hunger after you be satisfied

You bless the poor in spirit, for Heaven is their kingdom

For we know that You are God and You are good.

Verse 3

As we look upon Your Word, God give us vision

Restore us by the power of Your blood

Come now Holy Spirit, when you whisper let us hear it

For we know that You are God and You are good

             Chorus

            You are God, You're the risen King

            You are good, Lord of everything

            No mountain, no valley could ever separate us from Your love

            You are God and You are good

            Yes we know that You are God and You are good

This week Jay will be preaching and talking about the various service projects our church will be involved in over the summer. Our community is in constant need, and our church has been blessed with the resources to bless others. Our worship of God extends so far past our musical exhortation. We worship our savior by being the comfort for those who are mourning, the encouragement for those who are poor in spirit, and even by helping those who have tangible needs. We are the hands and feet of the church, and we have such tremendous opportunities to worship our savior well. I will leave you with this scripture of encouragement found in 1 Corinthians 15: 50-58.

50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:

"Death is swallowed up in victory."
55 "O death, where is your victory?
    O death, where is your sting?"

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

We have been given the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ so let us remind ourselves that our labor and struggles are not in vain! If you are in the middle of trial, be encouraged that you can worship our Savior well through the struggle. If you are reading this and feeling fantastic, you should take the encouragement in your heart and share it with others! Let us all, regardless of where we are, recognize the goodness of our Lord and share that love with those around us.

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