Blessed be the name of the Lord

Blessed be your name
In the land that is plentiful
Where the streams of abundance flow
Blessed be your name

Blessed be your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be your name

Every blessing you pour out,
I turn back to praise
When the darkness closes in, Lord
Still I will say…
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be your glorious name

Blessed be your name
When the sun’s shining down on me
When the world’s all as it should be
Blessed be your name

Blessed be your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be your name

You give and take away
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say, “Lord, blessed be Your name.” 

Over the last 5 years, I have sung this song more times than I can count.  I’ve sung it in different countries, sung it in different communities, and sung it most in Arizona- a place that started as a desert place in every way possible.  In that time, the desert bloomed after a winter of a lot of rain, and the desert became a greenhouse for me spiritually. 

Now, that greenhouse of my ASU XA family that was graciously given has been taken away in the geographically proximate sense.  I’m glad that it continues to be there for the thousands of freshmen who will arrive at ASU over the next week, and more than a little sad that I can’t be a part of it.

This song has been going through my head often lately.  I can either choose to recognize that God is good, or become bitter when I don’t feel the “world [is] all as it should be.”  I don’t like it when I can’t figure out the “why?” of changes.  Really, though, who am I to try to determine the course of my life when I have already decided to follow Jesus?

Oh, to have a heart that blesses His name no matter what is given or taken away, even when there is pain in the offering.

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3 thoughts on “Blessed be the name of the Lord

  1. Ang –

    Isn’t it SO good when we know that we are where GOD wants us, even if there is some pain involved? I miss all of you in Seattle, especially my kids, but I also love everyone here in Richmond. God has a way of stretching us that can’t be explained, but we do know that if we allow it we always benefit 🙂

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