This past week at Oak Grove we started singing a new song, and that really is a big and important process for us. We take the songs that we sing very seriously! Our worship team and specificly our worship coordinator sifts through many many songs on a regular basis to find songs that connect with what we are teaching and that draw us to the Gospel. Since we are starting a new series called UNASHAMED from 2 Timothy, we choose a song: You Make Me Brave. I want to share with you a few things that I have been deeply encouraged with by this song.
Most songs have portions that I really appreciate and connect with and portions that I don’t, but the theology is imperative. With that in mind, here are a few truths that captured me as we sang this song this past week:
- “I have heard of the majesty and wonder of you, King of Heaven in humility I bow….Champion of Heaven you made a way for all to enter in.”
These lines remind of the imense power and greatness of God. I find that in the day to day life, it is very easy to forget how big and powerful the God of creation truly is, and to add to that, He has chosen to provide a way into His presence! These words remind me of the words in 2 Timothy 1:9-10:
He has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel!
- “For you are for us, You are not against us.”
What a timely reminder this is! 2 Timothy is all about being unashamed of Christ and His good news, but often times doing that will mean that we will suffer and go through difficulty. Thankfully, Paul reminds us of this truth in Romans 8:31-37
If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
- “You make me brave”
This is the entire point of our series in 2 Timothy. The good news is that God, the one who controls the universe also controls what happens in our lives and has even beaten death and it’s power, therefore we can be brave in him.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7
- “No fear can hinder now the love that made a way”
While there are a lot of things that we can be afraid of or about, one thing that is clear in the Scriptures is that Christ has overcome our biggest problem and if you are in Christ, there is nothing you can do to lose that! You see, your salvation is not based on you, it is accomplished solely by Christ and only accepted by us. Therefore, there is no cause for fear. If He has overcome our greatest problem, I think we can trust Him with the rest.
- “You call me out beyond the shore into the waves”
This to me is one of the greatest lines in the song. God is calling us out to trust Him and to be involved in the day to day challenges by walking by faith. This is difficult at times. We will face situations that don’t seem to make sense. Others will mock us and even treat us poorly for following Jesus. We will have to trust Him with our finances and our time usage, but He promises to uphold us!
This line reminds me of Peter and Jesus calling him out of the boat to walk on the water. In many ways Jesus is calling us to the same, but it will take faith! 2 Timothy 3:12-14 also talks about this:
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it.
So, next time we sing this song at Oak Grove, I hope that you will be engaged with these reminders. May our faith grow as we see the truths in the songs that we sing!