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#MWC E3.4

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

Welcome back to the #MidweekWorshipConnection. We have another SongWriter’s Guild  song for you today. We’ve been doing SongWriter’s Guild songs, it seems like for the last several weeks, but I’m excited about this one. It’s a song called “How Could It Be?” One of the things that is really cool is that in a couple of weeks, actually at the beginning of June,  Polen Band is going to be releasing a brand new CD called, “There is Nothing Under the Sun (Vol. 2)” and this song is actually going to be on that record.

How Could It Be? (written by Keith Byler | Rocky Favia, Jr. | Jeffrey Kaufman | Jeff Polen)

How could it be that the King of all glory
hung on a tree and died for me?
How could it be that the fullness of heaven
took on flesh to set me free?
Oh, how could it be?

Who could imagine? How could this be?
The Giver of Life breathes His life into me
With all that I’ve done and with all that I am
I’ve been redeemed by Mercy’s hands!

How could it be that the King of all glory
hung on a tree and died for me?
How could it be that the fullness of heaven
took on flesh to set me free?
Oh, how could it be?

Love everlasting, lie without end
I’m lost in the wonder of mercy again
Beaty for ashes, death into life
I stand forgiven, glory is mine!

How could it be that the King of all glory
hung on a tree and died for me?
How could it be that the fullness of heaven
took on flesh to set me free?
Oh, how could it be?

All we can do is offer up ourselves to You
All we can do is offer up ourselves to You
All we can do is offer up ourselves to You
All we can do is offer up ourselves to You

How could it be that the King of all glory
hung on a tree and died for me?
How could it be that the fullness of heaven
took on flesh to set me free?
Oh, how could it be?

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In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
– Judges 21:25, ESV

We see two powerful and poignant statements here at the end of the book of Judges.

“In those days there was no king in Israel.” How could this be? Had they forgotten that God was their king? This God who had miraculously led them out of the land of slavery, this God who had faithfully led them through the wilderness (providing for every need along the way), this God who had supernaturally routed their enemies before them, this God who had shown them how to live and love well… this God was their king! Yet, tragically, in the days of the judges there was no king in Israel.

The second sentence is equally sobering: “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Yes, they did. This “rightness” included disobeying God’s clear commands, rampant unfaithfulness, hiding from their enemies, murdering their own brothers, vowing to kill the first thing that comes out of their house -even if it is their own daughter, sexually abusing (to put it lightly) visitors in their city, cutting up their deceased concubine and sending the different parts out to the twelve tribes of Israel, going to war with one another, and allowing the daughters of their relatives to be kidnapped and forced into marriage…

Wow! It is astonishing to consider the extent of depravity that can somehow seem “right” in someone’s own eyes. But it can also become far too easy to point our finger at others, failing to realize that we ourselves are not exempt. Sin is crouching at our door and it desires to have its way in our lives. This is an every day reality.

But there is another, more powerful, every day reality.

God is King. He is with us. He is for us. He sent his son to die on the cross so that we could have eternal, abundant life. He sent his Spirit to dwell within us and to guide us in all truth. He sits on the throne. There is a God in heaven who is omnipresent -which means that he is also right here with us on earth. He is king. In these days, as always, there IS a king in Israel, and all over the earth.

This reality should cause us to NOT do what is right in OUR eyes, but what is right in HIS eyes.

The most tragic truth from the book of Judges is the fact that God was willing to be king and show his people how to live rightly. Oh, how much devastation could have been avoided! But the people largely rejected God. They lived as if there was no king, as if there was no standard of morality.

Today we deal with the same temptation. Many would lead us to believe that there is no king. Many would encourage us to do what is right in our own eyes (though, if they were honest, they really want us to do what is right in THEIR own eyes). Instead of following their lead, we need to turn back to God. Let us not make the same mistake as Israel made in the days of the judges. Let us honor the king and follow hard after him!

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