"All the poor and powerless
And all the lost and lonely
All the thieves will come confess
And know that You are holy
And all will sing out
And we will cry out
And all the hearts that are content
And all who feel unworthy
And all who hurt with nothing left
Will know that You are holy"
“All the Poor and Powerless,” 2011, by All Sons and Daughtersnext >
Then all the trees in the countryside will know that I, the Lord, bring down the tall tree and raise up the lowly tree, and make the green tree wither and the dry tree bloom. I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do it.
Ezekiel 17:24next >
The lyrics in this week’s Pause moment are from the song titled, “All the Poor and Powerless,” from the worship duo, All Sons and Daughters. The song describes those who are poor, powerless, lost, lonely, thieves, those who feel unworthy and hurt, and those with content hearts.
Can you connect to these lyrics? Have you ever felt as if you could do nothing of meaning? Have you ever felt that you were okay where you were?
So did the people of God in ancient times. They were sometimes in positions ruled by harshness, other times in positions of prestige in their communities.
The lyrics – and Ezekiel – say all will know the Lord is holy. None are excluded from this humbling experience, and few are left unchanged by the greatness of it.
If we feel worthless, the holiness of God makes us feel loved and worthy. If we feel content with ourselves, the holiness of God reminds us that there’s more work to be done. The holiness of God has the power to transform.
Chris Wondreenext >
God of holiness, forgive me of my trespasses as I forgive those who trespass against me so that all of your children can be transformed and raised up toward you. Amen.next >
Go forth into the world in peace, knowing that the God who made you continues to love, keep, nurture, and grow you. Amen.
Chris Wondree is a graduate of Shenandoah University with a B.S. in Biology, and a current student at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond pursuing a Master of Divinity. Chris serves as the youth minister at May Memorial Baptist Church in Powhatan, Virginia. (He likes long walks on beaches at sunset and huskies.)
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