Heart Won't Stop
Psalm 139 is my favorite psalm. It's the psalm that our pastor read at my mother's funeral. It's taken on different meanings for me since that day, but looking back at it now through the lens of this new song we'll be singing this Sunday I have yet another appreciation for the psalm. In Psalm 139 the author says, "Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me."
As a 15-year-old boy I viewed this very theologically - there is no way to escape God's presence because he is everywhere. God is omnipresent. Looking back, though, that wasn't the message God was trying to give me. It's true, I can't escape from God's presence, but it's not simply a result of his filling everything. I can't escape from God's presence because he loves me. "Your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me."
I don't where you're at as you're reading this, but I can ALWAYS use a reminder of God's faithfulness and the love he has for me. Heart Won't Stop takes the principles of Psalm 139 and blasts them out with this chorus: "Your heart won't stop coming after me." It's not simply God I can't escape; I can't escape his heart. There is nothing in heaven or on earth that can separate us from the love God has for us. Isn't that incredible?
It's easy to get calloused about singing about God's love. Christians sing about God's love all the time. But here's the thing: God's love is all we have to cling to. It's because of his love that we even have breath in our lungs, never mind that it was because of his love that he sent his Son to die for us, to rise for us, and to ascend for us so that we could receive his Spirit and be truly united with his presence everywhere. God's love is literally what keeps the universe in motion and sustains us because he did not want to abandon us in our sin, but instead wanted to make us like him through the work of his Son and Spirit so that we could have communion with him forever.
Be sure to listen to Heart Won't Stop and learn to sing it if you'll be joining us for the 9:30 service.