Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Motown Praise

This morning, as I was studying Ephesians 3:20-21 with the help of Priscilla Shirer, God showed me something pretty amazing.  I wanted to share it with y'all.

In her book, God is Able, Priscilla dissects every single word of the following verses...

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

In today's chapter "Totality" we focused on the word ALL. (That is why it is emphasized in the passage above.) ;-)

Priscilla writes,
Boy, I love that word. All. In fact, I took time to research it carefully in the original language of Scripture, trying to dredge up any more depths of meaning I could learn from it.  I wanted to wrap my head around exactly what was in Paul's mind when he penned his thoughts this way.  And I discovered a wide consensus of scholarly opinin that says the meaning of the word we translate as "all" in our Bibles is...
All.   
"All" means all.
God is able to do... it all.
I don't know about you, but this just makes me want to dance and shout!  As I read further in the chapter, I realized that that tiny, but super-powerful, word "all", is mentioned throughout Scripture... specifically in reference to what God can do, not just for, but IN and THROUGH me.

Here's another excerpt from the same chapter,
There is a  totality to God's ability.  It takes in all that concerns us.  "He forgives all your sin; He heals all your diseases" (Psalm 103:3).  He invites "all who are weary and "heavy-laden" to come and experience His refreshing rest (Matt. 11:28).  He says His lovingkindness "will follow me all the days of my life" (Ps. 23:6), which leaves me totally justified in trusting Him with all my heart, acknowledging Him in all my ways (Prov. 3:5-6), knowing that He is causing "all things to work together for good," for all the children He calls His own (Rom. 8:28).  When you "seek first His kingdom and His righteousness," God promises that all these things will be added to you" (Matt.6:33)---full provision, food and clothing, love and shelter, every need.
All of it.
He is able.
Wow.
Wow!
Wow!!!

Being the girl who absolutely loves to worship my Jesus through song, I immediately thought of the hymn, "I Surrender All", and began to sing it quietly to myself...

All to Jesus I surrender,
All to him I freely give.
I will ever love and trust Him
In His presence daily live.
I surrender all.
I surrender all!
All to thee my Blessed Savior
I surrender ALL!!

But I didn't stop there.  As God often times does, He brought another song to mind.  (This is where the Motown part comes in.) As I was praying the words of that song, it changed... became a little more upbeat. 
A little more soulful.  All of a sudden, in my best Stevie Wonder voice, I began to sing...

Here I am Jesus!
Signed, sealed delivered, I'm yours!!!

Then other bits of this jammin' lyric began to flow out of my mouth... 

Like a fool I went and stayed too long

Now I'm wondering if your love's still strong...

Then that time I went and said goodbye
Now I'm back and not ashamed to cry...
Here I am Jesus!

Oh, you've got the future in your hand
(signed, sealed delivered, I'm yours)
I've done alot of foolish things...
That I really didn't mean...
And you know what?
I AM!!
YOU ARE!!
...Signed (for) as Jesus has settled my debt.  Paid the price for my sin.
...Sealed for the day of redemption.
...Delivered from the power of sin, the sting of death, and the pit of hell!! 

Oh, my Sweet Peeps, if that doesn't make you want to boogie for Jesus, you need to check your pulse!!
Now if you'll excuse me.. I've got some serious rug to cut. 
Peace out, you jive turkeys!! ;-) 

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