The Lord gives, the Lord takes away, Blessed be the name of the Lord

I was at a church recently and they sang Matt Redman's Blessed Be Your Name. When they go to the bridge (the part that says, You give and take away) they had changed the words to, 'He blesses every day'. I was ready to get on my soap box. Now I realize that they probably didn't mean this, but it sounded to me like they were saying that they blessed His name if He blessed them, but not if He didn't. The only thing I could think was, "Would they still say blessed be His name if He took away from them?" And I kept thinking, "No".

I think the church of the faith movement has gotten away from the original teachings of those they follow. God is our healer, provider, etc. He does desire to give us the desire of our hearts. But He is also sovereign and can do as He pleases.

My wife and I were talking this morning and she was saying that she believes that if there was something in our lives that was taking a higher place than God, He would remove it from our lives. I have to agree. God said He is a jealous God. (read the book of Exodous) He will not share His glory with anyone or anything. And I believe that if we keep putting something above Him in our life, He will remove it at least for awhile.

And even if He didn't have our best interest at heart (which He always does), He is still sovereign. Who can say to a sovereign, "You don't have the right to do such."? No one. That is what it means to be sovereign. No one would dare say that to the Queen and she is human. Why should be able to say it to God?

As one note to those would say that Job was wrong in saying, "The Lord giveth, the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord." God said that Job did not sin, nor did he charge God foolishly right after he said that. So if God doesn't think it was a sin, then Job was not wrong in saying it. (Job 1:22)


Oh well, thanx for letting me get this off my chest. I managed to keep my mouth shut that night. I was just visiting the church and they don't know me that well, so I figured I ought not to start scolding them. And I know that is how it would have come across if I had said something right then. I just feel the church needs to find a balance between thinking of God as a loving Father who wants to dote on His children and thinking of God as an iron-fisted ruler. It isn't that He is something in between, but rather that He is both.

I think I will leave you with the bridge from Matt's Blessed Be Your Name. And I pray that you can truly say as Job did, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him."

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Blessed be Your name

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Comment by Danny Groff on August 13, 2009 at 5:47pm
My prayers are with you. That God will comfort you and show you how He will use this for good. Remember Psalm 23, you may be walking through the valley of the shadow of death, but it does not have to be your dwelling place. Just let God walk through it with you and you will come out of it a much stronger person. Keep your heart and your mind focused on Him.
Comment by Danny Groff on August 13, 2009 at 6:48pm
Judy,
I am placing a zip file that has the mp3's for my CD, In the Shadows. I would like you to go to http://www.psalm19records.com/download.html and download it. Burn them to a CD and give copies to your whole family. I believe it will be an encouragement to you and your family in this trial.

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