Hymn Struggles: Mercy Drops

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Recently I wrote an article about my frustration with a phrase in a familiar hymn being used in a modern worship song: He Never Has Failed Me YET.

My dislike stems from what appears to be the implication that while God hasn’t failed the believer in the past, he still might.

Ugh! He hasn’t and he won’t. Period.

Another hymn came to mind which I believe leads believers into an unhealthy relationship with God. You might be familiar with the gospel hymn, “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing.”

I like the thought. I want to get all wet in the downspout of God’s grace and mercy. My problem with the song is that it sounds like a petulant, ungrateful three year old is singing.

The chorus goes like this:

Showers of blessing,
Showers of blessing we need:
Mercy-drops round us are falling,
But for the showers we plead.

Mercy-drops round us are falling, but that’s not enough, God. We want more. Super-soak us. Saturation is what we want.

On a daily basis, however, God sends his mercy-drops. They’re all around. They are new every morning. They are timely. They are refreshing. They are God’s provision.

Are we even aware? Do we thank God?

I will confess, I prefer “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” to “Showers of Blessing.” The chorus has a much different feel:

Great Is Thy faithfulness, Great Is Thy faithfulness,
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy Faithfulness, Lord unto me!

The truth of these words comes straight from scripture: “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him’ (Lamentations 3:22-24, NIV).”

Some might argue we do face times when life leaves us parched and we need God to pour out his grace and mercy in tsunami waves on dry and weary souls.

I agree. I’ve been there.

Those times, thankfully, don’t come every day. But God’s mercies do. And they don’t always come as flash floods. No, there as gentle as the morning dew, and refreshing to our spirit.

Don’t miss the mercy while you plead for the drenching.

 

 

No Hide For Seek

Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. (Isaiah 55:6)

Do you remember “Where’s Waldo?”

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We spent many hours searching for Waldo and later Sammy (the Christian version…don’t ask me why).

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I came across our verse for today early in my faith journey. I remember being at a church camp where our youth group was having a retreat. We had moved to town the summer between junior high and high school. I was experiencing a mountain of new things and firsts. This retreat was on that list.

The kids on this retreat were excited to learn about Jesus. They were plugged into serving. Their enthusiasm was electric and I wanted it!

On Saturday night, I stood out by the lake. I had grabbed a handful of Queen Anne’s Lace (a flowery weed), held it up to the sky and declared, “In 30 days I’m going to know who you are God.” Thirty days later I was kneeling at an invitation asking Jesus to be Lord and Savior in my life.

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Here’s what I learned then, and keep on learning: God wants to be found.

Some people read the Isaiah verse and think it’s time sensitive, holding a limit to God wanting to be found. It’s like the warped old hymn that says, “He never has failed me YET”…as if he will.

God is not out there playing some cosmic game of hide and seek. He “hides” in plain view. He wants to be found. He might be “hard” to find because we don’t understand how to see him. The goal in this 40 days is get better at seeing him…finding him.

So, how many times have you seen him today?

PRAYER: Oh there you are. Thank you for wanting me to find you. Thank you for not hiding from me. Thank you for being so near. Today I would ask that you would continue to develop eyes that see you and a deeper desire to seek you all along the way. Amen.

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