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#MWC E3.2

Jeff sings the first song ever written by the SongWriter’s Guild and talks from the book of Joshua in this week’s #MidweekWorshipConnection.

Welcome back to the #MidweekWorshipConnection -Episode 3.2! I am very excited about the song that we are going to share today, a song called “Lead Us To Righteousness” which was written by the SongWriter’s Guild. This is one of my favorite songs that I have had the opportunity to be a part of writing.

The SongWriter’s Guild was just a group of Worship Leaders from the area churches that I invited to come together and write songs from the church for the church. This was the very first song that was written by the SongWriter’s Guild. We came together, there was actually three of us, and we just shared what God was doing in our hearts, in our lives, and in our churches. We prayed together, and out of that prayer came this very simple song.

Lead Us To Righteousness (written by Keith Byler | Jeff Kaufman | Jeff Polen)

Lord we desire to be here with You
We thirst for Your presence and hunger for truth
Here as one body, we have one King
There is one hope, with one voice we sing

Lead us to righteousness
Lead us to Your glory, oh God
Fill us with Your Spirit and reign
Over all, and in all, let Your Kingdom come through us

Lord we desire to be here with You
We thirst for Your presence and hunger for truth
Here as one body, we have one King
There is one hope, with one voice we sing

Let Your glory shine, uniting us
Let Your glory shine, uniting us
Let Your glory shine, uniting us
As we hunger and thirst for righteousness

Lead us to righteousness
Lead us to Your glory, oh God
Fill us with Your Spirit and reign
Over all, and in all, let Your Kingdom come
Over all, and in all, let Your Kingdom come through us

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Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you. Only may the LORD your God be with you, as he was with Moses! – Joshua 1:17

I am reading through the Bible again this year, and I recently started reading Joshua. I have really enjoyed this journey through the Bible using the ReadScripture App. If you’re looking for something to help you traverse through the wild world of scripture, you should check it out.

Anyway, something that stood out to me in a fresh way as I was reading was the words of the people of Israel to Joshua after his commissioning by God. Moses had passed away. Joshua was now leading Israel in place of Moses, and the Israelites told him:

“Just as we obeyed Moses in all things, so we will obey you.”

Wait, what?!

Perhaps there is a nice way to read this statement in which it is simply made clear that they acknowledged the transition of leadership: “Moses was our leader and now you are our leader.” Fair enough. But that is not what they said. In reality, they said “just as we obeyed Moses in all things…”

But did they?

I recently read the full account. No, they did not. They most certainly did NOT obey Moses in all things. True, they obeyed him in some things, but certainly not all.

“Just as we obeyed Moses in all things…”

What a strange thing for them to say. But let’s set aside the fact that they emphatically failed to follow Moses well, just for a second, and see a bigger problem with their statement.

They had settled. They were comfortable. Even if their statement about obeying Joshua “just as” they obeyed Moses were true, it still misses the mark.

We are not called to be people who are obeying God “just as” we were last year. We have been called into a relationship with the Father in which we are becoming more and more like Christ every day.

I don’t want to obey God “just as” I did last year. I want to obey Him BETTER than I did last year. I want to obey Him MORE than I did last year.

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. – Philippians 1:6

I am not where I want to be as a follower of Christ. I hope I am doing a better job than I was last year, but I hope to do an even better job next year.

I am not complete yet, but He who began a good work in me will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

May you, like me, strive to follow Jesus and obey God better today than you did yesterday… and even better tomorrow!

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