I’ve been influenced by a lot of songs over the years, many in a very positive way, some not so much. The best influences have come from songs that point me toward God and tell the story of Christ and His redeeming power. One of those songs came out of a ministry in Brooklyn, NY called Brooklyn Tabernacle. They are known for their choir, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. The Choir, along with other artists over the years, recorded and made known a song titled Blessed Be the Name of the Lord. Part of the lyric is from Proverbs 18:10.
The Name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run in to it and are safe.
CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD
Jim Cymbala, the pastor at Brooklyn Tabernacle, reflects on this in his book, Fresh Wind Fresh Fire. He refers to the “sacred sounds” of prayer and the blessing of being surrounded by these sounds every Tuesday night at their prayer gatherings as he hears the name of the Lord being called on by a desperate group of people. In his book he points out the shift in Genesis 4 when “at that time men began to call on the name of the Lord.” This is significant in that prior to that there was a more distant perspective of God only as the creator. This passage indicates a deepening of their understanding of God and their desperation for him. Cymbala refers to it as a “God-placed instinct that came alive.” I love that! Jeremiah 33:3 says…
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.
COME ALIVE IN CHRIST
Our God is present and active and waiting for us to come alive, and to bless His name and call on him in our time of need. These are the sacred sounds God is looking for. The heart of his people crying out in desperation for power, healing, peace, wisdom, and direction. These and more are available to the humble hearted who is coming alive in Christ!
“The devil is not terribly frightened of our human efforts and credentials. But he know his kingdom will be damaged when we begin to lift up our hearts to God.” (Cymbala, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire)
Quotations from Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire used by permission ofZondervan Publishing House Copyright © 1997 by Jim Cymbala.