For the past month or so, the song Amazed by Desperation Band has been at the top of my playlist. This is an older song, and I've always liked it, but the Lord has renewed my appreciation for this song.
I can't help but think about how awesome our God is. We should be amazed by the Lord...for many reasons. Look around you. It's getting to be fall right now where I live, and the trees are bursting forth in splendid glory of blazing colors. Each morning, I wake up to the sound of four children laughing and playing. Children are an inheritance of the Lord. He's given me these children to raise to love and follow him, while all the while they daily remind me of the perfect, innocent faith that Jesus says we should all have. I think of the way the kids I work with are discovering new intricacies in their relationship with Christ. I reflect on how so many young people I know have a relationship with Christ that reveals perfect trust and full surrender.
But what really gets me are the lyrics above.
You dance over me, while I am unaware.
God is moving, God is orchestrating his perfect plan for me and my life - and for you and yours. And this orchestration isn't the work of a maniacal puppeteer manipulating people. Instead, it's the brilliant work of a master conductor, taking in every sound, every instrument he has created and tuning them to fit perfectly in his full ensemble. As he works all around, we are totally unaware of how he is perfecting the tune of our lives, perfecting the pieces, perfecting the composition in our lives, so our lives can sing a song of praise right back to him.
It's interesting to read how often scripture tells us to stand in awe of God. We read throughout the Old Testament to stand in awe of God's name, to be in awe of the Lord. Psalms reminds us again and again of the awesome work of the Lord - how awesome is the Lord most high.
In our busy lives, with our jobs, families, school, commitments, technology, twitter, TV and more, we don't often take the time to sit back and reflect on just how awesome the Lord is. We don't give ourselves the calm and quiet to be still and be amazed by the Lord. There is great reason to be amazed by him. As I already shared, look around. Look at the blessings that abound, that we don't even notice ... we are unaware of God dancing. We never hear the sound of God at work. And that's just on the surface.
Because the second part of this song tells why we are amazed: how you love me.
In the beginning God created...and he called it good. He called us good. But we fell into a need for grace when we went against God's perfect plan for us. And still, he loves us. The Old Testament is this beautiful trajectory towards the climax of God's love: Jesus Christ. I'm amazed by you, how you love me. The lyric is how wide, how deep is your love for me. How wide and how deep indeed. Wider and deeper is God's love than the chasm of sin that separated us from him. His love is so deep that he sent his son Jesus to save us from our sin. And in the love revealed on the cross and in the empty tomb, his passion for a relationship with me is so evident. Lord, I'm amazed by you.
Lord, keep dancing around. Keep singing. Continue to orchestrate my life into a symphony that draws me to you, propels me to love you and share your truth with you. Lord, I amazed by you, how you love me.