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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Song Series: You Never Let Go

You Never Let Go God

Read: Romans 8

If God be for us, who can be against us? - Romans 8:31

No one asks for pain's presence, it always comes uninvited. However, we stand, knowing that pain can't push away God's nail pierced hand, because He will never let go and he will always hold us even when we don't hold Him.

Christian song writer & Londoner, Matt Redman and his wife, Beth, intimately understand this reality because no one, not even those who are mightily used by God through song & verse are protected from suffering. You see, Beth experienced a miscarriage the week of July 7, 2005. And, as if to nail home an already tragic and overwhelming sense of loss, that same week terrorists claimed the lives of more than 30 innocent people on the the London transit system. Yet it was in pain's presence that Matt responded to these tragedies. You see, God used that pain to move Matt in writing the song "You Never Let Go". Matt references (Psalm 23:4) where the psalmist declares "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Thou art with me." Matt knows that God never stopped walking with him. He always walks with His children as the God who is kind, caring, and still in control regardless of the circumstances.

During our worship team's last practice we read from (1 John 4:18) after singing through the song "You Never Let Go "We reminded ourselves that "perfect love casts out fear" and how God being love is perfecting His love in us. We went on to discuss (Romans 8:31) that tells us "If God is for us, who can be against us", and finished with (Romans 8:38) affirming that we too are "convinced...neither death, life, angels, principalities, things present, things to come, nor powers, height, depth, or anything created, will separate us fro the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus." We are determined to live for Him and in Him longing for the day of His appearing.

But that said, we still feel pain's presence from time to time as it pushes it blackened tentacles toward the soft parts of our hearts. This week, Luz Mourino, a vocalist on our team, lost her brother through a terrible turn of events. We mourn with her and her family...pains presence is real. However, we are confident that NOTHING will separate Luz's brother from His Jesus. In fact, he is seeing Him face to face right now! We are part of an unshakable kingdom, Christ is our Sovereign, heaven is our home, and He will NEVER let go of us until the day we finally say good-bye to earthly pain and hello to Him.

Oh no You never let go, Through the calm and through the storm.

Oh no You never let go, In ev'ry high and ev'ry low.

Oh no You never let go, Lord You never let go of me.

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