Sing The Name
There is nothing sweeter than the lullaby a mother or father sings over their children at bedtime. As parents bring warmth to their children by tucking them in tightly, with a simple song they also warm their hearts with a soothing melody. A lullaby can calm the fears that creep in at night and leave one with a feeling of immeasurable peace. How is it that something so simple can be so powerful?
My hope, when writing the song, Sing The Name, was to fashion a sort of lullaby – a simple song that brought us back to the simple name of Jesus. As believers, we so easily complicate the Gospel. We fill every possible space of our lives with noise because we are addicted to the chaos. If things aren’t swirling and moving at a fast enough pace, we worry we aren’t doing enough. We live as if it all depends on us, but we don’t realize we’ve been tricked by the illusion of control. Most of us aren’t living from what Thomas Kelly calls “The Divine Center.” We long for an “undivided heart” as the psalmist would say in Psalm 86:11, but inwardly we feel torn by the surrounding culture of consumerism, celebrity, and competition. We must return to the simple name of Jesus. Jesus is our sanity in a world of insanity. He is the clarity in a cloudy and confused domain.
Recently, I read a blog post in which the writer offered a shocking statistic about air travel. Because of turbulence and other conditions, airplanes fly off-course 90% of their flight time. In spite of this, most flights arrive at the right destination and at the right time. It seems, pilots are constantly having to course correct while in-route.
Just as pilots have to constantly course correct, I believe it is imperative we as believers do the same in our daily spiritual walk. There will always be turbulence in life that tries to knock us off the narrow way. Consequently, our goal should be to return every morning to that “Divine Center.” If we desire to bear fruit, we must stay rooted in the True Vine. Kierkegaard said “purity of heart is to will one thing.” Jesus said to “seek first His Kingdom.” It is time for us to humbly return to the simple, yet powerful, name of Jesus. May His name be the lullaby that echoes in our souls, enriching our inner being, overflowing with immeasurable peace to the world around us.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” (Psalm 20:7)