Sunday, March 12, 2006

In the reckless raging fury

The Love of God
Rich Mullins

There's a wideness in God's mercy
I cannot find in my own
And He keeps His fire burning
To melt this heart of stone
Keeps me aching with a yearning
Keeps me glad to have been caught
In the reckless raging fury
That they call the love of God
Rich Mullins' description of the love of God has been a painfully accurate one in the life of my church. Piper defines the love of God as "his doing whatever needs to be done, at whatever cost, so that we will see and be satisfied with the glory of God in Jesus Christ." In the past two weeks, we have seen one of our college students diagnosed with a brain tumor and another one of our youth pass away painfully after a long battle with cancer. And oh, how we have grieved as a church over this. When one member suffers, all other members suffer with it. If Piper is right, then the love of God has been nothing but reckless and nothing but raging in the life of my church.
Now I've seen no band of angels
But I've heard the soldiers' songs
Love hangs over them like a banner
Love within them leads them on
To the battle on the journey
And it's never gonna stop
Ever widening their mercies
And the fury of His love
Yet in the midst of this suffering, I have heard the parents testify to their hope in God with trembling and tears. I have seen Christians brothers and sisters supporting one another with the courage of soldiers on a battlefield. And flying over these acts of hope and faith is the banner of the love of God. "Because of the Lord's great love, we are not consumed." "Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him." If the love of God is a raging, reckless fury, then may He keep this band of Christians in the center of the storm.
Joy and sorrow are this ocean
And in their every ebb and flow
Now the Lord a door has opened
That all Hell could never close
Here I'm tested and made worthy
Tossed about but lifted up
In the reckless raging fury
That they call the love of God

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