Song: Is He Worthy?
Artist: Andrew Peterson and Ben Shive
Brooke and I had the idea to write devotionals about songs that give us hope in response to the fear and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19. We wanted to take some songs that gave us hope and write about them, where they are based in scripture, what truth they are telling us about ourselves or what truth they are echoing from the Bible about God. This time has been very meaningful and fruitful, but we believe that the season for writing these has come to an end, at least for now. I wanted to write about a very special song for our last Song of Hope devotional. We are all about high Christology and reverence here at Central, and I haven’t heard a song that has met those expectations as well as this one in a long time. Today, I want us to look at this song Is He Worthy? and see how this song gives us hope.
“Do you feel the world is broken? We do.
Do you feel the shadows deepen? We do.
But do you know that all the dark won’t stop the light from getting through? We do.
Do you wish that you could see it all made new? We do.”
We begin by acknowledging the brokenness and darkness of the world we live in. After Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, all of creation was tainted by sin and everything suffers the consequences of that initial rebellion. We see brokenness all over the world: racial injustices, religious persecution, sex trafficking (which is modern-day slavery), the breaking down of the family which is one of God’s own establishments (we are called His sons and daughters), and so much more. But then we turn and remind ourselves that no amount of darkness could overcome the light. This is both a scientific fact and a reference to Jesus as the Light of the world. See these words from the beginning of John, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:1-5, NASB, emphasis added) In a footnote in my Bible, it says the word “comprehend” could also be the word “overpower”. Jesus, the Light of men, shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome Him! This is a great reminder of His sovereignty and power over all creation. With the end of the verse, we set our eyes on the future, and sing of the hope we have for God redeeming all of creation and establishing the New Heaven and New Earth, where all will be as it was meant to be.
“Is all creation groaning? It is.
Is a new creation coming? It is.
Is the glory of the Lord to be the light within our midst? It is.
Is it good that we remind ourselves of this? It is.”
This verse follows immediately from the first one, which ends by looking forward to the New Heaven and New Earth that will be established. See these words from Romans 8, “For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.” (Romans 8:22-23, NASB) Creation groans in response to the pain and brokenness from the fall. In the first verse of the song, three of the four lines were painful reminders of our reality and one was a hopeful reminder of the power of God. In this verse, it is the opposite, with one opening line that is a painful reminder of reality, and three lines that remind us of the Good News! Soon, we will see the glory of God face to face and all pain and suffering will be no more. It is good that we continue to remind ourselves of this fact, because our enemy prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. If you know the truth that Jesus came to give, you will be able to oppose the enemy, with the help of God.
“Is anyone worthy? Is anyone whole?
Is anyone able to break the seal and open the scroll?
The Lion of Judah who conquered the grave.
He is David’s root and the Lamb who died to ransom the slave.
Is He worthy? Is He worthy? Of all blessing and honor and glory.
Is He worthy of this? He is.”
Wow. The chorus very strongly references Revelation 5, so rather than write the entire chapter, I encourage you to read it at this time. When you sing this part of the song, envision Christ on the throne. Remember His death and the fact that He paid the price for all our sins to redeem us. Remember that we are now able to accept salvation through Him and can spend eternity with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Remember that He alone is worthy of our praise and He alone is able to redeem all of creation to the original design. We will spend all eternity in perfect communion with God!
“Does the Father truly love us? He does.
Does the Spirit move among us? He does.
And does Jesus our Messiah hold forever those He loves? He does.
Does our God intend to dwell again with us? He does.”
Here, we are reminded of the personal nature of God. He is not a distant being who created us and leaves us to live and die in whatever manner seems best to us. He perfectly loves us, and desires to have a relationship with us. We worship Him because He is worthy of it, but He also wants us to see Him as our Heavenly Father, because He is. We saw that Jesus loves everyone, but we got to see it especially in His relationship with His disciples. The Holy Spirit indwells every person who has accepted Christ as Lord. The Holy Spirit’s job, in believers, is to work out sanctification, the continual becoming more like Christ. In non-believers, the job of the Holy Spirit is to constantly nudge them toward God, to get them to the point where they are ready and willing to accept Jesus as Savior.
“From every people and tribe
Every nation and tongue
He has made us a kingdom and priests to God
To reign with the Son”
This short bridge is pulled right from Scripture. Here, we are reminded of God’s impartiality with salvation. He didn’t come just to save the Jews or gentiles, but both. He didn’t come just to save men or women, but both. He didn’t come just to save those in power or those that are powerless, but both. He came to save EVERYONE. He paid the price for everyone’s sin, so that every person who would accept Him as Lord would be able to spend eternity with Him. In a world where we as people so often divide over our differences, we see that Jesus loved every people, tribe, nation, and tongue!
God, alone, is worthy of our praise. Jesus, alone, is worthy of redeeming all of creation, as the Lamb that was slain. I pray that we would all revere God, as He deserves. I pray that we wouldn’t try to replace Him as Lord or God of our lives with something else, which will always be a cheap counterfeit. I pray that for our whole lives we would continually praise Him and spread the Good News to those around us. Christ desires for ALL to come to know Him and accept Him as Savior and Lord of their lives.
Thank you all for journeying with Brooke and I as we have been doing this Song of Hope devotional series. We have been tremendously blessed by it and I pray that what we have said will have blessed you too and that God would use anything that we prepared to show you the truth about who He says He is and who He says we are. There is reason to be hopeful. Our hope is found in Jesus. “Therefore, brethren, since we have the confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:19-25, NASB)