In light of recent spiritual awakenings, I have to correct something I said about a song I negatively critiqued six months ago. The song is "You'll Come" written by Brooke Fraser and heard on Hillsong's This Is Our God. (Read the critique here.) The lyrics I had a problem with:

(from verse 1)
I have decided
I have resolved
to wait upon You, Lord...

(from the chorus)
You'll come
Let Your glory fall
as You respond to us...

Well, I listened to the album a few more times over the past couple days, including this song about five times. With respect to those of you who agreed with me that the song could lead people into a false understanding of worship, I just re-read the post with a disgusted look on my face, realizing how much of a butt I am.

Basically, my qualms had to do with semantics - 1) my ignorant denial of the spiritual freedom in the lives of regenerate believers to "decide" and "resolve" to seek God at will, and 2) my arrogant insistence on the exclusive meaning and use of the word "respond" in worship. Over the past couple months, especially through the move of the Spirit last Sunday night, my heart has softened as God has been helping me deal with a judgmental attitude and critical spirit. There is a big difference between insight and assumption. Yes, my criticisms were birthed out of a concern for God-honoring worship, but I have to confess that I wrote more out of a fleshy intellect than a loving heart.

Paul exhorts us in Ephesians 5,

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

There is too much to unpack here that pertains directly to the situation at hand. This scripture cuts deeply, for I have been unwise, foolish, non-submissive, filled with wine, and making poor use of my time. God instead wants me to understand His will for me to be filled with the Spirit. And, as we see all throughout the Bible, and most recently at the beginning of Acts, we are filled with the Spirit when we wait for Him, seeking Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. This song puts it perfectly: "I have decided, I have resolved to wait upon You, Lord." There is determination involved - Spirit-led, grace-filled resolve to go after God. As I said in my last post, I don't think the 120 in the upper room were holding anything back awaiting the promised Holy Spirit.

Concerning the phrase, "Let Your glory fall as You respond to us,"

What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

God DOES respond to us. "To respond" here simply means "to answer." Yes, worship is our response to God by the Spirit through Christ. But the meaning and use of the word is not limited to this upward directional movement of worship from us. Our intimate relationship with the triune God is a continual downward and upward dance of communion. We are God's children, made alive in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. When we determine in our hearts to wait for the Lord, diligently seeking Him, asking for His Holy Spirit to come and fill us, He answers the plea of His children, responding to us, filling us with the Holy Spirit. And this is what happens through the ministry and fellowship of the Holy Spirit:

Chains be broken
Lives be healed
Eyes be opened
Christ Is Revealed.

"You'll Come" nails it on the head. It was foolish and judgmental of me to assume that the source of this song's inspiration and the source of the worshipers' response was not the special revelation of God, the Word, Jesus Christ Himself. I'll leave it for God judge whether someone is asking wrongly, as in James 4:3, "You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions." In the meantime, I'll sing songs like this beautiful one (did I mention the melody of this song is amazing?), teaching and leading our people in a passionate pursuit of God.

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