28 September 2012

Sovereign Over Us by Aaron Keyes

We recently started singing this song in church, and each time we sing it, the lyrics speak powerfully to me. I remember a friend in college pointing out the difference between our God and the one the Muslim world worships. They, too, believe in a god who is sovereign, but their god doesn't love them. He is arbitrary in his decisions. Our God is "faithful forever, perfect in love." So we may not understand why he is bringing something into our lives, but we can trust that it is the best thing for us.

There is strength within the sorrow, There is beauty in our tears
You meet us in our mourning, With a love that casts out fear
You are working in our waiting, Sanctifying us
When beyond our understanding, You’re teaching us to trust

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

You are wisdom unimagined, Who could understand your ways
Reigning high above the heavens, Reaching down in endless grace
Youʼre the Lifter of the lowly, Compassionate and kind
You surround and You uphold me, Your promises are my delight

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
Youʼre working for our good, Youʼre working for our good and for your glory

Words & Music by Aaron Keyes, Bryan Brown, and Jack Mooring.
Copyright (c) 2011 Thankyou Music


Meg said...

So how do you teach someone that? ...someone who does not trust God to be good... who has been told over and over that "bad" things are a punishment for a particular sin... a sin that has been paid for and forgiven long ago.... and a person who really seems to have a lot of "bad" things happen in life....

Rachel said...

I don't know. There comes a point where you have to believe the Scriptures and what they say about God's character instead of what you feel or what you've been taught. But ultimately, it's the only the Holy Spirit that can bring about illumination in a person's heart. So I guess it's just prayer.