Thursday, April 17, 2014

We Believe

Tomorrow is Friday, but Sunday is coming. 

I love the new song "We Believe" by the group The Newsboys. Coming from a Southern Baptist background, I did not grow up reciting creeds often in church, and do not do so now on any kind of a regular basis, if ever. But in my short stint as a halfway Presbyterian (Baptyterian we'll call it) in college, I was introduced to the practice of more regularly reciting things such as the Apostles Creed, or Nicene Creed. And I will say, I liked the affirmation of stating my beliefs aloud like that. Because let's be honest-on our hardest days, our worst days, and sometimes on the mundane days--doubt creeps in.  And reciting basic tenets of my faith aloud with other believers just did something to me. It affirmed. It reassured. It encouraged. And I imagine that it blesses the Lord to hear those who love him telling him so. Telling him the truths about himself. Does he need to be informed? Heavens no. But think about how you feel when those who love you tell you so. I am made in his image, and I imagine that if words of affirmation mean so much to me--and they do--perhaps the Lord wants to hear those things as well. 

So--creeds can be really great. Music is, in my not so humble opinion, even better. So--let's combine the two and--voila--perfection! So here are the simple and yet profound lyrics of the wonderful song that is on a repeat loop in my head. 

In this time of desperation
When all we know is doubt and fear
There is only One Foundation
We believe, We believe.
In this broken generation
When all is dark, You help us see
There is only One Salvation
We believe, We believe

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He's given us new life
We believe in the crucifixion
We believe that He conquered death
We believe in the resurrection
And He's comin' back again, we believe

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing
And in our weakness and temptations
We believe, We believe!

We believe in God the Father!
We believe in Jesus Christ!
We believe in the Holy Spirit!
And He's given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He's comin' back again!

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised!
In the here and now, let love invade!
Let the church live loud
Our God will see
We believe, We believe!
And the gates of hell will not prevail!
For the power of God, has torn the veil!
Now we know Your love will never fail!
We believe, We believe!

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He's given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He's comin' back,
He's comin' back again!
He's comin' back again!
We believe!
We believe


Here is a link to the song if you'd like to hear it:
http://youtu.be/gSj3ZH5pE_o

I am so thankful that the gates of hell will not prevail, and the power of God has torn the veil!!

Happy almost Easter to you!

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