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#MWC E2.8

This week Jeff shares one of his favorite songs that he has written, “Deliver Me”. He also shares a great Bible reading resource and talks about the power of having the right PERSPECTIVE.

Today I am going to share one of my absolute favorite songs that I have written. It’s a song called “Deliver Me“, and I think I wrote it back in 2008. It’s from the Psalms (Psalm 119). What I love about this song is that it’s really a pleading with God to be the light unto our feet, to not the the night devour us, to deliver us. So it really is a crying out to God for these things, but when it gets to the chorus, it is a very simple, “Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” And it really is this whole idea of faith -that God is working out what we are asking for. I love that truth that God knows what we are going to ask before we ever even ask Him, and He loves to give good gifts to His children. He loves to deliver us from evil.

Deliver Me (written by Jeff Polen)

God be the light unto my feet
Don’t let the night devour me
Because I am Yours completely
God be my light, deliver me

You are the King, eternal Lord
Here in this life and evermore
When I fall down before Your throne
In heaven I will be Your own

Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!
God be my light, deliver me

My highest praise, honor, and love
Belong to You for all You’ve done
For You have sent Your only Son
To conquer sin and lead me home

Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!
Hallelujah!
God be my light, deliver me

God be the light unto my feet
Don’t let the night devour me
Because I am Yours completely
God be my light, deliver me

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Jodi and I have been reading through the Bible again this year. We started on January 1, and we have been using a super cool app called “ReadScripture”. If you are interested in more information on that app, check out the webpage: www.readscripture.org

As we move through the year together, I would imagine that my weekly updates will reflect my progress of reading through the Bible, and the insights that are offered will be from my daily reading. This week I finished Genesis and am currently walking through Exodus. A huge thought that stuck out to me as I was reading through Genesis was “Perspective”.

It is amazing how much difference the right perspective can make! When we see situations through our natural eyes, the situation can seem so helpless or dull. But when we see the very same situation through eyes of faith, everything changes!

In Genesis 21, we see Hagar and her son, Ishmael. They have been cast out from Abraham because of Sarah’s jealousy. From Hagar’s perspective, they have been left to die. The situation is miserable. They are helpless. They have nothing and no one. In fact, the situation is so bad that Hagar leaves her son in the bushes and goes off into the distance to die without having to see her son die. They are out of water and out of hope.

That’s pretty bad.

In this context, God shows up and gives her the gift of PERSPECTIVE.

Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. (Genesis 21:19, ESV)

Amazingly, their situation wasn’t that bad, after all. With the right perspective, she realized that they were NOT ALONE (God was with them), and they were NOT HOPELESS. There was a well right there. Right there. How did she miss that?

Sometimes we can become so consumed with our perceived situation that everything seems hopeless. What we need more than anything during those moments is not a change of our circumstances, but a change of our perception.

Possibly the best and most challenging example of this truth is found towards the end of Genesis, from the words of Joseph. His own brothers sold him into slavery, he was falsely accused of sexual assault, he was imprisoned, and he was forgotten. Yet, at the end of all of this, while he is talking with the very people whose selfish actions began this seemingly tragic trail of hardship and misery, he reveals that he never lost sight of God’s perspective:

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. (Genesis 50:20, ESV)

In what ways do we need God’s perspective right now? Are there situations or circumstances that feel helpless and hopeless to you? Could it be that God means it for good?

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