Friday, December 3, 2010

Job Suite, Michael Card

When I first heard this work of Michael Card's on the Book of Job, I had to stop and digest the words; they made me weep. So many times I have tried to talk God into my way of thinking. How utterly foolish that is since He is the Creator, and we just the creature, He the Potter and we the clay!

"This song is almost an operetta. It is in four parts: 1. Job's story. 2. Job's lament. 3. God's response. 4. Job's response. It has been said that the book of Job is about the problem of innocent suffering. I found that not to be true. Job is about the awesomeness of God. The problem of suffering is never dealt with in the book. In Job we enter into another man's sufferings and discover with him that God is not only all we could ever want. He is also all we could ever need." Michael Card

This video portrays Satan as a woman (that's not biblical!), however, it will serve to capture the essence of Satan in the Book of Job. My goal is not to use the you tubes I present just for entertainment value, but to give depth and context for those not familiar with the Bible. I then urge you to study the Word for yourself!

Blameless and upright, a fearer of God
A man truly righteous, no pious facade
One about whom God was accustomed to boast
and so one whom Satan desired the most
One day the accuser came breathing out lies
"It's Your Holy handouts, his faithfulness buys!"
In one desperate day his possessions were lost
His children all killed in one raw holocaust
His children all killed in one raw holocaust

and yet through it all
Through the tears and pain
He worshiped his God
Found no reason to blame

Once more the Deceiver denounced and decried
"It's skin for skin, & hide for hide
Strike down his flesh & he'll surely deny
and confess that his praying has all been a lie!"
"Very well, take him," the Holy One said
“But you must spare his life for my son shall not die.”
So Job was afflicted with terrible sores
Sat down in the ashes to wait for the Lord
Sat down in the ashes to wait for the Lord

and yet through it all
Through the tears & pain
He worshiped his God
Found no reason to blame

A throne of ashes
A crown of pain
A sovereign of sorrow
A mournful reign

May the day of my birth be remembered no more
May darkness and shadow come and claim it once more
Why did I not perish on that dreadful day
and sleep now where kings and counselors lay

What I dreaded most has now come upon me
Why is light given those in misery
I loathe my own life, so my tears fall like rain
As I find that there is no peace in my pain

Lord, send a Comforter now to my door
So that this terror will frighten no more
A Counselor between us, to come hear my oath
Someone who could lay a hand on us both

These friends of mine are no comfort to me
So deafly they listen, so blindly they see
Their words and their doctrine, they all sound so true
The problem is Lord, they're all wrong about You!

I know my Advocate waits upon high
My Witness in Heaven sees the tears that I cry
A true intercessor who will condescend
To plead with God as a man pleads for his friend

If I've been untrue, if I've robbed the poor
If I'm without guilt, what am I suffering for
God would not crush me for some secret sin
and though He slay me still I'll trust in Him

I know now that my Redeemer's alive
He'll stand on this earth on the day He arrives
and though my own body by then is no more
Yet in my flesh I know, I'll see the Lord
I'll see the Lord, I'll see the Lord

Who is it that darkens my counsel?
Who speaks empty words without knowledge?
Brace yourself up like a man
and answer me now, if you can!

Can you put on glory and splendor?
What's the way to the home of the light?
Does your voice sound like the thunder?
Are you afraid?
Where were you when earth's foundations were laid?

Who gave the heart its wisdom?
The mind its desire to know?
Can you bind the stars?
Raise your voice to the clouds?
Did you make the eagle proud?

Will the ox spend the night by your manger?
Did you let the wild donkey go free?
Can you take leviathan home as a pet?
If you merely touched him, you'd never forget

So who is it that darkens my counsel?
Who speaks empty words without knowledge?
Brace yourself up like a man
and answer me now, if you can

I am unworthy, how can I reply?
There's nothing that You cannot do
You are the storm that calmed my soul
I place my hand over my mouth
I place my hand over my mouth

Supporting Scriptures:
"There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil." Job 1:1

"Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. And the LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?”
So Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” Job 1: 6-7

"Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him." Job 13:15

"For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, " Job 19:25

Then Job answered the Lord:
“I am unworthy—how can I reply to you?
I put my hand over my mouth.
I spoke once, but I have no answer—
twice, but I will say no more.”
Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm:
“Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.
“Would you discredit my justice?
Would you condemn me to justify yourself?
Do you have an arm like God’s,
and can your voice thunder like his?" Job 40:33-9

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