Just watched the video for Kari Jobe’s “Steady My Heart” and I love the song even more. This video highlights the contrast between all of the beautiful, happy moments we share on social media with the hard to explain, sad moments we often face in life.
"Even when it hurts, even when it’s hard
Even when it all just falls apart
I will run to You, cause I know that You are
Lover of my soul, healer of my scars
You steady my heart”
“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)
Today is Palm Sunday. We picture ourselves welcoming the King into our city and into our hearts.
I wonder how many here look upon this lowly Servant-King and feel that this is just a thin veneer, and that beneath this lowly exterior there is a terrible power and authority which is just waiting to burst out against you if you slip in any way. I wonder how many feel that it is not really the deepest pleasure of this King’s heart to serve his people and meet their needs. And the best we can do is stay out of his way, and maybe, if we keep the rules well enough, we could sneak by him when he is in one of his temporary good moods.
Jesus is at pains to help you not feel that way about God. Luke 12:32 is a verse about the nature of God. You could translate [good pleasure]: “It pleased God,” or, “God chose it gladly.” It’s a verse about what makes God glad—not merely about what God will do or what he has to do, but what he delights to do, what he loves to do, and what he takes pleasure in doing. At this very point, when he gives his flock the kingdom, he is acting out his deepest delight. “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
— Excerpts from John Piper’s “Love to the Uttermost” Easter devotional.
This is hilarious. I always ask James about the funny names of football players! It’s like the equivalent to celebrity baby names.
Can’t wait to sing this song, “Sovereign Over Us,” with everyone at church tomorrow… such a sweet message to remind ourselves of over and over again. This is a beautiful stripped-down version from Aaron Keyes’ live album, ‘In the Living Room,’ recorded in his home.
“Your plans are still to prosper
You have not forgotten us
You’re with us in the fire and the flood
Faithful forever, perfect in love
You are sovereign over us
Even what the enemy means for evil
You turn it for our good
You turn it for our good and for your glory
Even in the valley you are faithful
You’re working for our good
You’re working for our good and for your glory”