We have heard so much about how this country is running from God lately. We’ve seen blatant examples of that in this past week, but can we stop long enough to admit something?
We, as believers, can run from God too. I think we’ve all been there – We run from God when we ignore prayer and let our unconfessed sin fester within us. We run from God when we disregard our nagging conscience, knowing that our fellowship with God suffers for it.
We may try to cover it up by living as if all is well…or will be well, if only we work harder, do more, or have more fun. Our lives can become blinded with busy-ness and frivolity. There’s no sense of urgency to what is important, and no honesty to ourselves or anyone else. Our souls cry for a time-out, yet our pride yells to keep going. Our pre-occupations become idols that have taken the place of God in our lives. What is revival if we, ourselves, aren’t humble and real and broken before the Lord?
That’s why I wanted to share this song with you. It isn’t often that I run into one that cuts to the chase so well. It expresses the great need we all have, that moment we realize that the charade has to end, and we find ourselves before the Lord in honest confession of the condition of our hearts. I think it will be well worth a listen:
*Jimmy Needham, “Clear the Stage” Inpop Albums, 2012
I’ve thought of the lyrics many times. Here they are with my commentary, and questions that I have pondered:
Clear the stage and set the sound and lights ablaze
If that’s the measure you must take to crush the idols
How am I in the center of my world?
What is the measure I must take to crush the idols in my life?
Do I dare to take that measure?
Jerk the pews and all the decorations, too
Until the congregation’s few, then have revival
Tell your friends that this is where the party ends
Until you’re broken for your sins, you can’t be social
Then seek the Lord and wait for what he has in store
And know that great is your reward so just be hopeful
It’s not about the beauty of our worship centers, is it?
Is there ever a time when it’s more beneficial to retreat, alone?
When we meet together, is it just about the hellos, and the niceties of polite greetings?
Are church gatherings and programs about true fellowship or do they serve as just another distraction?
Is it right to ignore the desperation we should have to meet with God, in this day and age?
What brings revival?
What will God impress upon me if I pray earnestly, if I am still enough to sit in silence?
Are you encouraged of your reward for sober-minded, serious reflection?
‘Cause you can sing all you want to
Yes, you can sing all you want to
You can sing all you want to
And still get it wrong; worship is more than a song
What is true worship before God?
Take a break from all the plans that you have made
And sit at home alone and wait for God to whisper
He said, “Be still and know that I am God.”(Psalm 46:10)
Beg him please to open up his mouth and speak
And pray for real upon your knees until they blister
Shine the light on every corner of your life
Until the pride and lust and lies are in the open
How do we hide from the Lord?
Where is our sense of urgency in prayer?
Are we as aware of our spiritual condition as we think we are?
What will we see if we are honest before Him?
What is the result of confession and repentance of sin?
Then read the word and put to test the things you’ve heard
Until your heart and soul are stirred and rocked and broken
I don’t know where you are in your faith.
Is there something you haven’t trusted to the Lord?
Have you read His word?
Do you dare to put apply it to your life?
Do you believe at all?
If not, have you ever cried out to God to make Himself known to you? I beg of you, Read His word, and with an honest heart of faith, confess your sin and repent. I dare you to then walk in faith, study it earnestly, and see if it does not ring true.
I dare you, and I dare myself.
King David cried out, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise. (Psalm 51:17)