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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Song Series: Sing Sing Sing

 Sing Sing Sing (His Name)
by Chris Tomlin and band
Read: 2 Chronicles 5:12-14

...they praised the Lord saying, "He indeed is good for His loving-kindness is everlasting," then the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud...
2 Chronicles 5:13-14
Like most parents, Deseri and I considered carefully the names we would choose for our children. We named the eldest, Candice, which means "glowing". At her baby dedication we spoke a blessing over her declaring that she would, "glow for God in word and deed." As she grew we often encouraged her to give glory to God in all that she did. Matthew, our youngest name means "gift from God". At his dedication, we held him up before the Lord and said, "You are a dedicated son of a dedicated son. Your name means gift from God. A gift from God you are and gift to God you have become." Both children came to know Christ as their personal Savior and Lord at a very young age and are continuing to glorify Him through walks of faith and service.

Today, Candice leads worship as part of The Palms Community worship team and and Matt often works with the tech side behind the scenes for our team as needed and enjoys worshiping at The Crossing Church. We pray that God will continue build His temple within their hearts.

Second Chronicles tells what happened at the dedication of the King Solomon's temple. When the vocalists and instrumentalists began praising the name of the Lord and exalting His attributes, God showed up. I mean He visibly showed up! The same cloud which represented His presence in the midst of His people by filling the tabernacle of Moses in the wilderness, was now filling the temple in Jerusalem. The priest were actually so overwhelmed that they had to stop ministering. God was in the house and all anyone could do at that point was to simply worship Him.

We need to consider carefully the names God uses to describe His glory and character. We know that the same God Who filled the temple in Solomon's day and filled the tabernacle in Moses', is the same God Who desires to fill our hearts today. However, I believe, that in order for our hearts to be permeated with His presence we must allow Him to push out everything that impedes His praise.

We can learn to pray the names of Jesus and His attributes. The Navigators have a link that may help:

Finally, for those of you who like to know the story behind a song, here's a link for "Sing Sing Sing" by Chris Tomlin telling how he and his band developed it together.


Verse 1
You are the Love that frees us
You are the Light that leads us
Like a Fire burning
Son of God You are the One
You are the One
We're living for!

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