It’s been awhile since I led “Everlasting God,” but I recently brought it back a month ago. It felt normal – nice, driving declarative song. But as I sang it, something just…changed.
You are the Everlasting God
The Everlasting God,
You do not faint, You won’t grow weary
You’re the defender of the weak,
You comfort those in need,
You lift us up on wings like eagles
When I sang that last line, “You’re the defender of the weak, You comfort those in need” I realized that I was singing something that hasn’t been matching up with a lot of the chatter I hear and see from Christians these days.
I suddenly thought of all the recent ranting about people on welfare and immigrants and those on the other side of whatever lines we’ve decided to draw. I kept thinking, “If God defends the weak, doesn’t he love immigrants and poor people? And doesn’t He defend them and work in their lives?”
I realized that for as long as I’ve sung that song, I’ve always thought those lyrics were about ME. He defends ME. He protects ME. And I’ve never once sung that in celebration that God helps other people. People I’d most likely write off.
I’m not trying to be political. I’m trying to be missional.
When you and I stand up and lead people in a time of declaring all that God is, let’s work to lovingly remind our people that God’s ways are higher than ours and that His reach is without limit. The weak and the needy are candidates for His provision and grace.