For the last several Sundays, I have been leading worship in a traditionally blended extension of a church in our area. The service I’m involved in is at 9:30, while the main campus (which is right across the parking lot) has services both at 9:30 and 11:00. After we were done, I slipped across the parking lot for the 11:00 service. The worship team opened with a song I had never heard until Wednesday night’s rehearsal. The song is “Fill This Place” by Red Rocks Worship. The lyrics reminded me of the desperation and the longing we should possess for God’s presence and power in our lives.
My mind goes quickly to two Old Testament accounts. The first is Jacob. He was wrestling with what some consider to be the pre-incarnate Christ. Jacob made a powerful statement – “I will not let go until you bless me.” The second account is in Exodus when Moses told God he would not go unless God would go with him.
Do we possess this desperation? Do we realize our desperation need for God outside of saving our souls? Do we realize we need Him at work, at home, at the ballpark, and everywhere we go?
Friends, we will not see a mighty move of God is we don’t cry out. Lost souls are depending on us. Wayward family and friends are depending on us. Church leaders and countless others are depending on us. Will we let them down, and will we pray and cry out until we see God move?
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Great song, first time I’ve heard it. And you are so right–desperation for God is the missing element in dying churches. “Oh Mighty one, fill me with desperation for you! Amen and Amen!”
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My friend and brother in Christ, Matthew, hits on that “inconvenient truth” of 21st century churches–our loss of desperation FOR God. People are desperate for sure–but for the wrong things. Make sure you listen to the song he shares…
Old Testament accounts. The first is Joseph. He was wrestling with what some consider to be the pre-incarnate Christ. Joseph made a powerful statement – “I will not let go until you bless me.”
^ I think you mean Jacob?
You are correct. I shouldn’t write when I’m tired.
That goes for all of us!
As I write this, I’m listening to a Darrell Scott sermon. He was talking about Joseph and said “…Jacob — I mean Joseph…” That was an odd and quick full circle.