Episode 2.11

In this episode of #MidweekWorshipConnection, Jeff shares the most recent song he has written, “Amazing God”. He also shares some personal takeaways from his journey of reading through the Bible.

I am excited about this song today for the #MidweekWorshipConnection. This is actually a song that was recently written. I think last week I did a song that was written in 2006, so this is what? Twelve years later? This song is called “Amazing God“. I just recently wrote it with a good friend of mine, Rocky Favia.

Amazing God (written by Rocky Favia, Jr. | Jeff Polen)

Of everything I’ve seen
And all that has been done
There is nothing like our King
There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God

You are the God unchanging
You are the King unshakeable
You are the One creating
You hold all things in Your hands
Amazing God

When darkness covers me
Still You hear my cry
And I will still believe
You are working for my good
Oh You work all things for my good

You are the God unchanging
You are the King unshakeable
You are the One creating
You hold all things in Your hands
Oh my life is in Your hands
Amazing God

I will sing of Your great love
I will sing of Your great love for me
I will sing of Your great love
Forever God
You are amazing

You are the God unchanging
You are the King unshakeable
You are the one creating
You hold all things in Your hands
Oh my life is in Your hands
Amazing God

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As I was reading through the book of Numbers, I became intrigued by the way that the Israelite camp was laid out.

“The people of Israel shall camp each by his own standard, with the banners of their fathers’ houses. They shall camp facing the tent of meeting on every side.”
– Numbers 2:2, ESV

What was the deal with God handing out assigned seating for the Israelites? What was going on there?

Sketching a quick diagram of the arrangement instructions laid out by God through Moses in Numbers 2-3, something interesting begins to take shape. Two main thoughts stood out in my mind as I processed the diagram.

Now, before I go on, I should point out that these are simply my thoughts and not necessarily the clear biblical exegesis from Numbers 2-3. I do not mean to communicate that this is clearly what God is saying through the text, nor that this is clearly God’s immediate point in giving the instructions through Moses. No, what I am presenting is simply my personal takeaway. But, perhaps, it MAY be what God was up to. Either way, I hope it will be helpful for us to somewhat dissect the diagram.

My first thought when looking at the diagram of the camp instructions is this: the tent of meeting was being protected by the Israelites. Each of the twelve encampments (plus the assigned locations for Moses, Aaron, the Levites, and the priests), surrounded the tent of meeting -the physical location of God’s presence. In the case of an enemy invasion, the presence of God was protected!

This, of course, brings up the question of what am I doing to protect the presence of God in my life? What practical steps have I taken to ensure that no enemy invasion can jeopardize my relationship with God? Am I protecting my time spent with Jesus? Am I covered on all sides? In what ways should Numbers 2-3 compel me to arrange my life differently so as to protect the presence of God in my life in ways that I am not currently doing it?

Perhaps this is a worthwhile challenge for you to consider in your life, as well.

The second thought that comes to mind when looking at the diagram is this: the tent of meeting (the physical location of God’s presence) was absolutely central. There is no mistaking, at the center of the very physical existence of the Israelites was the tent of meeting. In fact, Numbers 2:2 says, “they shall camp FACING the tent of meeting on every side” (emphasis mine).

This, of course, brings up another important question… is the presence of God central in my life? Is it foundational to who I am? Am I positioning myself in such as way as to be constantly facing God? Or am I hiding myself, or turning my face from Him in any way?

And how about you? Is the presence of God central in your life?

Again, this is not necessarily the clear, biblical, exegetical understandings of the text, but I feel that these are worthwhile observations and helpful questions to consider along the path of reading through the Bible. May we, like the Israelites were instructed to do, protect the presence of God in our lives and keep the presence of God central to who we are.