Wednesday, October 5, 2016

How Long?

Psalm 74:10, 11 says,
How long, O God, will you allow our enemies to insult you?
    Will you let them dishonor your name forever?
Why do you hold back your strong right hand?
    Unleash your powerful fist and destroy them.”

Chris Rice asks the musical question, “How long until You defend Your name and set the record right?” and “How far will You allow the human race to run and hide?”

These are important questions. For, as God allows humans to dishonor and mock his name, he must either be patient, powerless, or non-existent. If we believe in a God who created the entire universe, then we must understand that he is powerful and patient. Yet, we can expect that one day he will show himself completely and unleash his power and justice upon the earth. Let us all seek to be on the side of right and justice so that we might not fear the power of God.

Naïve
(Words and Music by Chris Rice; Clumsy Fly Music)

How long until You defend Your name and set the record right?
How far will You allow the human race to run and hide? Yeah
And how much can You tolerate our weaknesses
Before You step into our sky blue and say, "That's quite enough"

Am I naive to want a remedy for every bitter heart?
Can I believe You hold an exclamation point for every question mark? Yeah
And can I leave the timing of this universe to bigger hands?
And may I be so bold to ask You to please hurry?

I hear that a God who's good would never let the evil run so long
But I say it's because You're good You're giving us more time
'Cause I believe that You love to show us mercy
But when will You step into our sky blue and say
"That's quite enough, and your time is up," Yeah

Am I naive to want a remedy for every bitter heart?
Can I believe You hold an exclamation point for every question mark? Yeah
And can I leave the timing of this universe to bigger hands?
And may I be so bold to ask You to please hurry?

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