Songs We're Singing - August 3

 
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This week's readings reflect on two recurring themes: God's faithful love and provision contrasted with our desire for something less than God. The Old Testament reading (Nehemiah 9:16-20) and Psalm 78 both recount the rebellion of the people of Israel in the wilderness, even as God is miraculously providing for their needs with bread from heaven. The Gospel lesson tells of Jesus' feeding of the 5,000 - and some of those same people were most likely chanting for his crucifixion at the end of the story. We are so easily led to put our trust in the good things of the world, while holding back our full commitment from the provider of these good things. As C.S. Lewis famously put it (in The Weight of Glory), "We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

A new song focusing on this theme is called "Christ is Enough," from the folks at Hillsong. Take a listen:

 
 

Other songs this week: The Stand, Here is Love, and Eat this Bread.

See you Sunday!