Raise a Hallelujah

A tired philosophy has been gaining in popularity. Again. I see it all around.  Oh, so cutting edge and ‘woke’ but really, old and tired. It’s this – disbelief, unbelief, man centered, ’God, I know more than you’ kind of thinking. Some people call it deconstruction, I call it old as the ages, a tired rerun of the garden scenario. Doubt the truth of God. Attempt to collapse and undo the greatest story ever told. It is a jarring dissonant anthem – to self.

Well.

Recently, I stood at the graveside of my daughter (who died in full strong faith in Jesus). Her bff from high school had journeyed up from PA. She’s married with 2 girls, bravely living for God in this present time.

We stood there and cried together, feeling again the reality of sorrow, loss – and hope.

And I thought, I say no to stone-cold no comfort, deconstructed nothingness, I will keep on trusting.

God’s timeless story, never changing, is writ large and true in his word, in creation, and upon my heart.

Olivia, when sick, wrote in her journal, I love God. She believed. Me too, Livvie, me too.

The world is changing, God is not. He remains an anchor, sure and steadfast, safe and secure. There is peace to be had and comfort to be found. In this, I’m happily old fashioned; I still believe.

I raise a hallelujah, says the song, louder than the unbelief.

IMG_2565 (2)I raise a hallelujah, in the presence of my enemies
I raise a hallelujah, louder than the unbelief
I raise a hallelujah, my weapon is a melody
I raise a hallelujah, heaven comes to fight for me

I’m gonna sing, in the middle of the storm
Louder and louder, you’re gonna hear my praises roar
Up from the ashes, hope will arise
Death is defeated, the King is alive!

I raise a hallelujah, with everything inside of me
I raise a hallelujah, I will watch the darkness flee
I raise a hallelujah, in the middle of the mystery
I raise a hallelujah, fear you lost your hold on me!

I’m gonna sing, in the middle of the storm
Louder and louder, you’re gonna hear my praises roar
Up from the ashes, hope will arise
Death is defeated, the King is alive!

Today, I raise a hallelujah.