Nearly anytime I am doing anything with my computer, iTunes is playing the soundtrack. As I worked on yesterday’s post about the tragedy in Lancaster County, the new Chris Tomlin CD was playing in the background. To be honest, it was more white noise than anything (sorry, Chris, I’ll buy you coffee at Passion 07 to make up for it) as I was concentrating on the words and just venting all the thoughts I had about the whole incident … until I hit Tomlin’s cover of Brenton Brown’s Everlasting God (featured in a previous Wednesday Worship Thoughts).

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon you Lord.

Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord
We will wait upon the Lord, we will wait upon you Lord

Our God, you reign forever
Our hope, our strong deliverer…

You are the everlasting God, the everlasting God
You do not faint, you won’t grow weary
You’re the defender of the weak, you comfort those in need
You lift us up on wings like eagles…

Somehow, the lyrics burst into my consiousness even as I was writing about how the Amish community believes their faith will be strengthened through this whole horrid experience.

I was amazed all over again about how God can inspire someone to write a song that will speak to a number of people in a number of ways giving them just the message they needed at the time they hear it.

It happened in the life of Jesus … as Crowder and Hogan “discussed” in their book with the impossibly long title (see this post). There were a set of psalms – psalms being the songbook of ancient Israel – that would be sung on Passover. Hundreds of years later, Jesus and his disciples sang these songs just after the what became known as the Last Supper and just before the Lord prayed so fervently and in such agony in Gethsemene that he sweat drops of blood. Not long after that, the traitor came … the arrest made … midnight trials … execution by crucifixion.

One of the psalms that would have been sung includes the line, “His love endures forever.”

As Crowder says:

… if we believe that scripture is inspired by God, that it is God-breathed, and if we believe that Jesus was divine …would it be unreasonable to wonder whether God breathed out a song that he knew would later need in his human form?

How’s that for mind-boggling?

And how’s this …. somewhere, someone is writing a song that will touch each of us in a special way at a special time – or a tragic time – in our lives … and God already knows the tune.


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