You’ve Got to Want Him

Read: Luke 24:13-35

I love the fact that, over and over again, Jesus’ own disciples do not recognize Him. Not on the road to Emmaus, not on the seaside. Not in entirety of the Old Testament. I think I love this so much because all of us, nowadays, “know” what Jesus looks like, because once upon a time a rich Spanish lord paid an artist to use his son to model as Jesus, and ever since then we have taken that image as THE picture of Jesus. But the Jesus in Scripture remains a mystery. He happens upon people, then He moves on, leaving them only with a feeling that they have been with the Divine.

This is important to note, because so often we KNOW who God is, what He is doing, and what He is saying to His people. But God remains higher, loftier, magical in a way. This is not because He does not want to be known. On the contrary, He wants people to seek Him out earnestly. To those people, He reveals Himself. You’ve got to want it. You’ve got to want Him.

So, friends, I leave you with this opportunity: to seek out the real and living God. He may surprise you. He may even shock you. But all that is good, because now you are in a real relationship, and relationship is at the core of our faith system.

Will you be so bold as to pursue Him?

New Worship Song!: “In Rising Tide”

Hi friends,

I am so excited to share this new song with you. I wrote it with my dad, who is an absolutely amazing musician.

Never before have I been so pushed to get a song just right. I encourage you: share it, sing it, the words and chords are listed below.

Love you all,

Aaron

Summary

V1.I’m tired of running.

V2.I have doubts.

B.In light of who You are,

V3.I will trust in You.

In Rising Tide

Intro

Dmaj7 Bm7 G Dmaj7

Verse 1

Dmaj7                 Bm7

God, my Father, Jesus, His Son,

G         Dmaj7

Won’t you guide me into your love?

Dmaj7                  Bm7

I’ve been running since I was a child

G         Dmaj7

Now I am weary of being so wild

Chorus

G                   Dmaj7

You’re my light in fading day

Bm7 Cmaj9

You’re my joy          always

Dmaj7              Bm7

You’re my truth in sinking sand

Cmaj9       Dmaj7

Teach me to stand in rising tide

Verse 2

Dmaj7                    Bm7

I’ve got questions, assuage my doubt

G         Dmaj7

Spirit, please fill me when I am without

Dmaj7             Bm7

I’m insufficient without your grace

G         Dmaj7

So I am holding onto Your face

Chorus

 

G                   Dmaj7

You’re my light in fading day

Bm7 Cmaj9

You’re my joy          always

Dmaj7              Bm7

You’re my truth in sinking sand

Cmaj9       Dmaj7

Teach me to stand in rising tide

Bridge

Dmaj7

At the sound of Your voice,

Bm7               Cmaj9

mountains shake, hearts quake

Dmaj7

At the air from Your breath,

Bm7                   Cmaj9 Dmaj7

mountains rise, we drop all disguis es

Instrumental/Prayer

Dmaj7                         Bm7

Dear God, thank you for bringing me into Your presence

G                             Dmaj7

Fill me with Your essence, I am Yours

Verse 3

Dmaj7                       Bm7

Jesus, I’m here now giving my all

G               Dmaj7

I trust you completely, into Your arms I do fall

Dmaj7                       Bm7

When I reach heaven, I will exclaim

G                 Dmaj7

Praise God my Father, praise Your Holy name

Cuz…

Chorus

G                   Dmaj7

You’re my light in fading day

Bm7 Cmaj9

You’re my joy          always

Dmaj7              Bm7

You’re my truth in sinking sand

Cmaj9       Dmaj7

Teach me to stand in rising tide

Dmaj7…. (fade)

(Amen)

A Man After God’s Own Heart

Read Samuel 1 & 2

 

David was a fascinating character:

an outsider, a warrior, a poet, and a lover

a re-occuring sinner

and a “man after God’s own heart”

 

When someday tells you

“you gotta be one thing or the other,

you can’t be both”

Look to David

You’re a multi-faceted diamonds

 

We are many things at many times at many people

Half the fun is finding who those people might be.

Our God is a Living God

Often our God is defined that by the space in which we serve Him.

The Israelites had their temple.

The Canaanites, their high places.

The Europeans had their cathedrals.

We moderns have our office buildings and amphitheaters.

I like to quote George Carlin in such instances:

“why do they call them buildings,

they’ve already been built.”

So, find me out in nature, worshipping my LORD,

for my God is alive,

as alive as the plants, the animals, you and me.

He breathes, He moves, He feels.

He has presence and power, cause and effect.

He cares; He nurtures; He fights; He flies.

Find me in the silence in the awe nature provides.

I’ll be waiting there.

Mark of the Maker

I think it’s funny: we believe our deficiencies disqualify us from official ministry. Yet, God is not interested in our lack. Sometimes musicians will make intentional “mistakes” in their tracks just to prove it wasn’t a pre-recorded track. Some of the most valuable collectors items are the ones with a flaw in the casting.

Yes, we are called to remove impurities from our souls; but, many of the things that distinguish us, that make us unique, are the things we most often want to hide. God knows who we are. Our task, as humans, is to find the same, to celebrate it, and to toast to  the Maker who crafted us this way.