This is from the song “Strong God” (Writer(s): Meredith Andrews, Jason Ingram, Jon Egan).
(link and verses at the bottom)
This is such a powerful song. I pulled it up for the link, and as it started to play I had to stop writing, I just sat and rocked, listening and singing along–and it has that effect on me every time I hear it. It stops me in my tracks. As Jon Egan, the writer, says in another video, he based this song off Psalm 68. He wanted it to be “a massive proclamation of truth, to sing out”. He achieved that.
Our strong God is so needed. The latest mass killing in California saddens me. But even more so, I saw this article from PBS news about all of the mass shootings in the US in 2015. We hear about some of them, but only a select make national headlines. That is what is really sad. The number of people shot in Chicago on a DAILY basis is alarming. 2, 771 have been shot this year just in Chicago–on average EIGHT people every day. THAT is really sad.
This weighed heavy on me yesterday, especially as I listened to others discuss this incident. And I came to two conclusions:
- There are a lot of people who need our STRONG GOD. It is not guns that shoot people–it is people shooting people. People who are sad, and mad, and lost, and hurting, who feel unloved. These people need God in their lives. And not Christ shoved down their throats God. But gentle, sweet assurances, deep help for what is wrong in their bodies, brains, and hearts. They need to know there are other ways. So today I am singing this song to the powerless, to the father of the widows, to the weak, to the prisoners of hate and sadness that God will move in their hearts. And I will do what I can for those around me to spread His love.
- I will NOT BE AFRAID. I heard a Christian radio station morning host talking about how he is afraid to let his kids go places because of the shooting. It ENRAGED me. Really–I was yelling at the radio in the car. (I know..strong reaction…maybe a little crazed myself.) But this is why I got mad: we are not to be afraid. We are the ones who are supposed to trust our Strong God in all circumstances. We are the ones who are supposed to go out and help these lost–NOT HIDE in our homes and cower in fear. If we are afraid as Christians then our culture is in even worse shape than I thought. And as those numbers up above tell–if we are going to hole up in our homes afraid of a shooting, we might as well never leave because it happens every stinking day in every stinking place.
Our nation is at war. We are at war with ourselves. We need our STRONG GOD. Focus with me on Him, pray with me for our nation this weekend that we will stop fighting each other.
Father to the fatherless Defender of the weak
Freedom for the prisoner we sing
This is God in His holy place
This is God clothed in love and strength
Sing out lift your voice and cry out
Awesome is our strong God mighty is our God
You’re with us in the wilderness faithful to provide
Ev’ry breath and ev’ry step we see
There is no higher no
There is no greater no
There is none stronger than our God