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I love Christmas music! I mean, I really love Christmas music. So today’s Worship Wednesday song begins 5 weeks of songs that center around the birth of our Savior.

Today’s song is entitled “He Who Is Mighty” from Sovereign Grace Music.

The first verse says this:

Oh, the mercy our God has shown
To those who sit in death’s shadow
The sun on high pierced the night
Born was the Cornerstone

The chorus echoes with these words:

He Who is mighty has done a great thing
Taken on flesh, conquered death’s sting
Shattered the darkness and lifted our shame
Holy is His name

The songwriters looked at Isaiah 9:2-7 & Luke 1:46-49 for the inspiration for this song.

Isaiah 9:2-7 (ESV)

2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone.
3 You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
4 For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
5 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire.
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

I hope you enjoy today’s Worship Wednesday song and I hope that you worship HIM today because He is the one who “conquered death’s sting … Holy Is His Name”

Fear-NotThis week’s foundation verse is found in Isaiah 43:5 and it says,

Fear not, for I am with you.

Wow, those are some truly powerful words, but then why do christians fear?

My belief is that we (christians) try to take situations into our own hands and control the outcome. We take our eyes off of God and place them upon ourselves. When we do that, we become anxious and we worry. God reminds us in Matthew 6 that we are not to be anxious because there is no way we can add even one hour to our own life. God is in control!

I have heard it said that there are 365 times in the Bible that the words “Fear Not” are mentioned and that it is a daily remember for us to remember that God has told us to “Fear Not” and trust HIM!

Our verse is almost a mirror verse of Isaiah 41:10 which says,

For not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

What a comfort to know that if we have placed our faith and trust in God, then there is NO reason for us to fear. Rest in the knowledge that GOD IS IN CONTROL!

Cross Reference: “God Is In Control” (December 6, 2013)

Let’s do a quick review of what we have covered over the past four weeks:

  1. Foundation Verse #1 – Genesis 1:1
  2. Foundation Verse #2 – Matthew 6:24
  3. Foundation Verse #3 – Proverbs 3:5
  4. Foundation Verse #4 – Psalm 1:6

QuietOur fifth foundation verse is found in Isaiah 30:15 – For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling,

This verse requires us to go back a little bit in this chapter for some content. We can see that God is talking to His people, the Jews. He is giving them a warning because they have become very rebellious. Instead of following after God, they have chosen to go in their own direction and follow after their own desires (wow, sounds a lot like today’s christians!).

The prophets tried to tell explain to them their sinful ways but the Jewish people did not want to hear anything about God. Because of their sinful ways, God allowed them to be overthrown. The people began to cry out that they needed to return to God alone.

This is where our foundation verses comes in. God was speaking to them and telling them that if you will return to me and rest in me, you will be saved (find safety).

The last part of the verses says, “…in quietness and in trust shall be your strength”. Too many times we hustle through our day without even stopping to listen to what God is saying to us. We need to be quiet and still before HIM. In that quiet and stillness, we can begin to trust Him more and more.

Are you being quiet in the presence of God? Are you trusting HIM?

Come, every soul by sin oppressed,
there’s mercy with the Lord;
and he will surely give you rest,
by trusting in his Word.

Only trust him, only trust him,
only trust him now.
He will save you, he will save you,
he will save you now.