Blessed be Your name

I woke up this morning with a song. It was Matt Redman’s “Blessed Be Your Name”, a song that I first heard at the Chris Tomlin / Matt Redman concert a few weeks ago. My favorite part of the song:

Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

Every blessing You pour out
I’ll turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say
Lord, blessed be Your name

When I first heard that ‘pain in the offering’ line, I thought — Wow. That’s something you don’t hear much. In a world focused on material things and wealth, a mindset that has unfortunately spilled over into the church, it’s rare that you hear someone say that no matter what their state of life is, no matter what may be going on, no matter how dark it is, no matter how beautiful and bright it is… Blessed be Your name, O GOD!

And he said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
Job 1:21 ESV

Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!
Psalms 72:19 ESV

I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Psalms 34:1 ESV

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!
Psalms 103:1 ESV

I loved the song so much that I went and bought it off of ITunes that next night. I have a live acoustic version. It’s beautiful and convicting. I found the chords online so I am going to prayerfully learn to play it on my guitar.

Today, I am going to jump into Revelations. My sister Rachel and I were talking about it last night. I had my E-Sword open, skimming through it, looking at some beautiful and intriguing verses:

When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
Revelation 8:1 ESV

That is just… wow. Silence in Heaven for half an hour. I wonder what that’s like.

And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it.
Revelation 5:2-4 ESV

then…

And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
Revelation 5:5 ESV

YAY!!!

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been.
Revelation 6:9-11 ESV

Beautiful. While the book of Revelations can be unnerving, it’s also comforting:

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.
Revelation 22:1-5 ESV

So, that is what I will be doing today – diving into the book of Revelations praying for the Lord’s illumination of the text so that I may understand and take it in.

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3 thoughts on “Blessed be Your name

  1. Theo says:

    Keep me posted. I’ve done studies and had training on the book of Revelation. The single thread that stands out (in spite of all the eschatological theories, scare tactics and truthful attempts at understanding) is the completion of God’s purpose for man and how He has chosen to carry out His plan to judge the world and bring His people into glorification in such a way as there will be no excuse, no weeping and just . . . The Spirit and the bride at the end. Let me know what He shows you.

  2. Rachel says:

    One of my absolute, absolute, absolute fav songs…still makes my eyes water most times that I hear it, I’m so grateful to Him…

  3. Rachel says:

    And oh, yeah…that Revelation convo was hot, man, I really needed that. I’ve been going through bits and pieces of it yesterday and today again…I need to come up with a game plan, though, lol…

    I’ve read the whole thing before, but I’m still VERY confused. I think that I’m going to first do an in depth review on the intended purpose of the book, and also on how the early church viewed it. Then I’ll start on the meanings of the “sevens”; i.e., the seven seals, the seven trumpets, the seven signs, the seven bowls, etc (the general meanings of those particular things) then move on to review them all in detail, from the beginning. I need a good foundation before I try to get into the details. Though one of my Bibles has like, 10 pages of explanation, I’d like to compare and contrast other commentary also. I’d also like to figure out and learn all the different Rapture, Millennium, and Second coming views…that’s still very confusing also.

    I might be lying, though. I may just jump in and skip around and piece it all together as I go- but I’mma TRY to stick with a plan.

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