I Believe

We live in a time of many voices. There’s noise in the airwaves like rolling waves upon the shore that break with chaos, with conflict, with unkindness, and with accusation. There are opinions tossed around like spears, words thrown as stones, feelings trampled underfoot… and if we’re not careful we’ll be drowning, washed up, drenched in anger, wrung out with no hope. It’s noisy, and nasty, tribal allegiances, fist pumps, pointed fingers, slogans in God’s name, prayers in the name of Jesus, clanging gongs sounding alarms grappling for answers in all the wrong places.

This is not the first time the noise of the world has swelled to a crescendo. The tidal surge has risen with destructive force ebbing and flowing throughout history. And it is in these turbulent moments the writer of the psalms encourages us to lift our eyes to the hills from where our help comes. Everything is always about God, who he is, and how his love is manifest and known – in us and through us (or not); in the midst of noise, turbulence, unrest, disillusionment, and even political strife.

What is carried by the wind through the sound of our voice, that others hear?

God often speaks to me through music and song. I love this new song called ‘I Believe’ by Jonathan and Melissa Helser. It’s a declaration of the goodness of God and an affirmation of his power and presence rising above the noise of ‘us and our strife on earth’. It’s a song of encouragement to know that nothing will drown out God’s love or power. I heard that one of the areas of greatest Christian growth in the world right now is Afghanistan. God is not a weak-kneed concept recoiling in confusion. He is powerful, sleeves rolled up, engaged and involved through ordinary men and women who are willing for him to accomplish remarkable things through them.

He uses their humility, their kindness, their empathy, and their courageous love. His love through them knows no boundaries, and will never be squeezed into the tiny mindsets of political parties or religious straightjackets. He uses their open hearts, their outstretched hands, and their thoughtfulness to others to spread his light in eyes and healing salt on wounds. He uses them to sing the songs of deliverance, to wash the feet of the dirty and the weary, to lift the burdens from shoulders breaking beneath the weight of the world. To be bearers of hope in deserts of despair.

Perhaps, like me, you’ll hear this as a song for our time. To remind and encourage us, and to help lift our eyes. In the world, but not of the world. Be blessed to be a blessing.

“I Believe”

I believe in the blood of Jesus that washes white as snow
I believe in the power of the Gospel, still makes the broken whole
I believe that the curse of sin was broken when they rolled away that stone
I believe, I believe, I believe

As I bow before You, Lord
I will rise in confidence
I will see Your goodness more
In the land I’m living in
And no matter where I go
And no matter where I’ve been
I will see Your goodness, Lord
In the land I’m living in

I believe that the walls will start falling when we fall down on our knees
I believe that the lame will go walking, and the blind are gonna see
I believe that the Gates of Hell tremble when the church begins to sing
I believe, I believe, I believe

As I bow before You, Lord
I will rise in confidence
I will see Your goodness more
In the land I’m living in
And no matter where I go
And no matter where I’ve been
I will see Your goodness, Lord
In the land I’m living in

Sing it to the daughters
Sing it to the sons
To every generation
Look at what the Lord has done
Sing it to the darkness
That the light has come
Sing it to the nations
Look at what the Lord has done
Oh, sing it to the daughters
Sing it to the sons
To every generation
Look at what the Lord has done
Sing it to the darkness
That the light has come
Sing it to the nations
Look at what the Lord has done
Look at what the Lord has done

As I bow before You, Lord
I will rise in confidence
I will see Your goodness more
In the land I’m living in
And no matter where I go
And no matter where I’ve been
I will see Your goodness, Lord
In the land I’m living in
As I bow before You, Lord
I will rise in confidence
I will see Your goodness more
In the land I’m living in
And no matter where I go
And no matter where I’ve been
I will see Your goodness, Lord
In the land I’m living in

Mm, I can hear it
I can hear the sound of the promised land
Oh, I can hear it
It’s the sound of redemption
I can feel it in my bones again
It’s the sound of the promised land
Can you hear the mothers and fathers?
Can you hear the sons and daughters
Shouting the praise of God?
From one generation to the next
From one generation to the next
From one generation to the next
Somebody sing it tonight
From one generation to the next
We shout the praise of God
From one generation to the next
Let’s sing it to the daughters

Sing it to the daughters
Sing it to the sons
To every generation
Look at what the Lord has done
Sing it to the darkness
That the light has come
Sing it to the nations
Look at what the Lord has done
Sing it to the daughters
Sing it to the sons
To every generation
Look at what the Lord has done
Sing it to the darkness
That the light has come
Sing it to the nations
Just look at what the Lord has done

As I bow before You, Lord
I will rise in confidence
I will see Your goodness more
In the land I’m living in
And no matter where I go
And no matter where I’ve been
I will see Your goodness, Lord
In the land I’m living in

We will see the goodness of the Lord
Just prophesy it
We will see the goodness of the Lord
Lift your voice in a shout tonight
We will see the goodness of the Lord

John Cox

Christian Author and Counsellor

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