Stories are powerful. They inspire us to hope, to dream, to love, to fear, to sorrow, and even to action. But consider this – the words that we sing on Sunday mornings here at Woodlands place us right in the thick of the greatest story every told…it’s the story of God’s working in the world to redeem a people for himself (the church) and make all things new.
This story, for human beings, starts in Genesis 2:7 when “God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” God is the source of all life, and especially the source of life for the crown of his creation, the only created beings who bear his image and have his very breath in their lungs.
Yet, those image bearers of God still possess a will of their own that chose to go their own way and disobey the only commandment that was given to them. This sin results in an immediate decimation of the goodness that God had poured into his creation; it even results in a man taking the breath of life out of the lungs of his own brother (Genesis 4).
We have a choice as to how we will use the breath of life that God has given us. Psalm 1 is a beautiful and foreboding contrast of the two choices that we have – we either use the breath in our lungs for the Lord or we don’t, there is no middle ground nor is there a spectrum.
Sunday mornings are where we play our part in the story of God’s people. This Sunday we’ll be singing “Great Are You Lord” by All Sons and Daughters, the chorus of which says:
“It’s your breath in our lungs, so we pour out our praise to you only.”
When we gather as the people of God and sing these words, we are faithfully choosing to act in surrender and give our very breath back to God who gave it to us. In doing so, we carry the torch handed to us by the many followers of Christ who have gone before us.
We know the end point of the story that God is telling in the world, that he will indeed make all things new when Christ returns. But in the mean time, there is a part of this story that is left untold as we are the ones charged with writing it.
We encourage you this Sunday to take that breath that was given to you by God and faithfully continue the story that you’re a part of as you sing.