Aug 28, 2012

Another Hallelujah – Your “Against the Grain” Obedience Can Change Our Nation

The song Another Hallelujah by Lincoln Brewster was one of the worship songs at church this weekend.  I couldn’t get it out of my head and I proceeded to iTunes to download it.  As I lay in bed, I kept playing the song over and over, and each time I listened to it I pictured characters from the Bible living out their story singing the song.

I pictured Joseph singing as he was cast into a pit by his brothers and then rescued from the pit only to be sold into captivity.  I pictured him in Potapher’s house scrubbing the floors singing.  I pictured him in the dungeon singing and then singing as he walked the road that God had prepared for him and for Israel through the famine.  I pictured him singing as he went against the grain, praising God in his work, and it made a difference.  

I am in the book of Daniel right now.  I imagined Daniel in captivity, being trained as a young boy to serve under the kings of Babylon.  I pictured him singing this song to God as God used Daniel and others to carry out His big plan in a seemingly hopeless time for Israel during the Babylonian exile.  Daniel went against the culture and honored God first.  God used his obedience to change the world.

I pictured Moses singing as he walked the road prepared before his obedience made a big difference. I imagined Paul as he led the early church, changing lives for generations as he worked for the Lord.  Job and Abraham.  Timothy and David.  Sarah and Ruth.  I pictured Jesus as he did ministry and went to the cross.  I imagined him singing praise to His Father.  Hallelujah!

I imagined some sort of fancy video editing out of Hollywood as men and women of faith sang individually, each of their stories cut together to form the Bible.  I could hear as I listened to the song, each of their voices as a chorus in God’s brilliant plan as he prepares the road for all of us.

I then listened to the song and imagined my life and wondered what road God was preparing for me.  Would I be willing to sing Hallelujah even if it was a difficult and painful road?  Will I make a difference?  Our financial system is so broken and I sit in a seat as a financial planner.  Will I be brave enough to go against the grain to honor God first?  Can God use my unique seat to change the world?

I listened again and imagined our family friends singing and joining our church and community to sing.  I envisioned the churches and communities in our nation coming together to sing this song.  I imagined us embracing God’s commands as a nation.  I could picture Him healing our nation, like He has done for Israel in the past. 

I shared all of this with a good friend of mine and he responded with this verse from Jesus’ last night with His disciples:

"Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father."  -John 14:12


God has prepared a road for each of us and a road for our nation.  It may not be an easy road.  In fact, based on the path of indebtedness our nation is choosing, we may soon relate to the slavery in Israel or Babylon.  But in the end, we know that God will be praised.  Hallelujah!

A challenge.  Read the lyrics below and listen to the song a few times.  Imagine the men and women of faith singing.  Imagine your family singing.  Imagine your community singing and as each community joins together, imagine our nation singing.  The deceitfulness of wealth and the cares of this world threaten to choke out this song, but God has a bigger plan for your story.  You are the steward of your own life and how you walk this road.  As you listen to the song, imagine our nation singing Hallelujah.

Now take a step today to move us in that direction.

How can you be obedient to God with your finances or your relationships?
How can you honor him, even if you have to go against the grain in your community or at work?
Your obedience, like the men and women of faith in the Bible, can change the world.  

Another Hallelujah 
Lincoln Brewster

(Verse 1)
I love You Lord with all my heart
You've given me a brand new start
And I just want to sing this song to You
It goes like this the fourth the fifth
The minor fall the major lift
My heart and soul are praising

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

(Verse 2)
I know that You're the God above
You're filling me with grace and love
And I just want to say thank You to You
You pulled me from the miry clay
You've given me a brand new day
Now all that I can say is
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