VIDEO Praise Unbroken

June 17, 2015

Matt Redman – Unbroken Praise, Album: Unbroken Praise, Year: 2015

Unbroken Praise LYRICS

Praise unbroken, praise unending
Be Yours, be Yours forevermore.

Praise untainted, praise unfading
Be Yours, be Yours forevermore,
Be Yours, be Yours forevermore.

Unbroken praise be Yours, God, forever;
All my praise be Yours, God, forever.
Lord, take this life, let it become Your throne:
Unbroken praise be Yours.

My surrender, my devotion
Be Yours, be Yours forevermore,
Be Yours, be Yours forevermore.

Unbroken praise be Yours, God, forever;
All my praise be Yours, God, forever.
Lord, take this life, let it become Your throne:
Unbroken praise be Yours.

Unbroken praise be Yours, God, forever;
All my praise be Yours, God, forever.
Lord, take this life, let it become Your throne:
Unbroken praise be Yours.

So let my deeds outrun my words
And let my life outweigh my songs.

So let my deeds outrun my words
And let my life outweigh my songs.

Unbroken praise be Yours, God, forever;
All my praise be Yours, God, forever.
Lord, take this life, let it become Your throne:
Unbroken praise be Yours, be Yours.

Unbroken praise be Yours, God, forever;
All my praise be Yours, God, forever.
Lord, take this life, let it become Your throne:
Unbroken praise be Yours.
Unbroken praise be Yours.
My unbroken praise be Yours.

So let my deeds outrun my words
And let my life outweigh my songs.
Unbroken praise be Yours.

Unsearchable

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable. Psalm 145:3

The artist Chester Harding visited the aged Daniel Boone in 1819 to paint the explorer’s portrait. During their time together, Harding asked Boone if he had ever been lost in the wilderness. “No, I was never lost,” Boone replied, “but I was bewildered once for three days.”1

When it comes to our relationship with Christ, we’re not lost, but we are often bewildered. Our God is limitless and incomprehensible. Though He has revealed much of Himself to us, our minds are too finite to grasp His full glory. He does things that are “unsearchable, marvelous things without number” (Job 5:9). Isaiah said, “The everlasting God … neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable” (Isaiah 40:28). The apostle Paul exclaimed, “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable!” (Romans 11:33). According to Ephesians 3:8, His riches are unsearchable.

Though we cannot search Him out, He searches for us. He died for us and three days later rose again. We’re still bewildered by it all—and incredibly blessed!

Thy love is most unsearchable, and dazzles all above; / They gaze, but cannot count or tell the treasures of Thy love! Charles Wesley

Blessing in Persecution

1 Peter 4:12-14

Although we certainly do not feel blessed when we’re insulted and persecuted, Jesus said that we are, in fact, blessed (Matt. 5:11). The Lord’s perspective on persecution differs from ours—He considers it a positive thing if we suffer in His name. Persecution is good for several reasons:

It proves our faith. The only way we can know the capacity of our faith is by means of testing. When we persevere through a trial, we begin to understand that we can remain steadfast and obedient in the midst of a challenge. We also learn the magnitude of God’s strength to support us through persecution.

It purifies our life. Persecution snaps our attention away from meaningless things and onto the Lord. We are driven into His arms by suffering. As we grow closer to Him, He’ll bring to our awareness wrong attitudes and actions—some related to our trial and some not—for which we must repent. Persecution is a powerful cleansing tool.

It prepares us for greater service. Suffering breaks our self-reliance and pride—attitudes that hinder our usefulness for the Lord. Pride crumbles when we realize we’re incapable of living the Christian life on our own, especially when we’ve been insulted and hurt.

A life of ease and pleasure isn’t always a sign of blessing. So let’s not “be surprised at the fiery ordeal … as though some strange thing were happening” (1 Pet. 4:12). If persecution strengthens our faith, purifies our hearts, and equips us for greater service, then we should thank the Lord for the way He will use it in our lives.

Practicing What We Preach

“For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” (John 13:15)

Christ’s life matched His teachings, and so must ours. Consider, for example, Christ’s teaching that we should “pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). This is matched by His prayer for His tormentors while on the cross, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Elsewhere, He taught that our circle of influence should be greater than those of like thinking (Matthew 5:47), a fact that caused His detractors great consternation (Luke 15:2). He taught that our prayers should not be done so that “they may be seen of men” (Matthew 6:5). And the gospels record several times where He went “into a solitary place, and there prayed” (Mark 1:35; see also Mark 6:46). Christ placed great value on children, as we see in Matthew 18:6, and later He welcomed them (Matthew 19:14). He taught Peter to forgive “seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:22) and later forgave Peter for his continued denials (Mark 16:7).

Christ advocated paying taxes (Mark 12:17) and later enabled Peter to pay tribute for both of them (Matthew 17:27). He taught that “a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” (Luke 12:15), and He Himself had “not where to lay his head” (Luke 9:58). Likewise, He placed great store in aiding the poor (Luke 14:13), both in teaching and in practice (Matthew 14:13-21). Perhaps His teaching “love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44) is best illustrated by His tender prayer for those who would soon take His life as He hung on the cross for the very ones responsible for His death (today’s text), all the while dying for them.

May God grant us the strength to follow not only our own teachings, but His teachings as well. JDM

To Confirm and Verify

But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. —Matthew 12:24

The Holy Spirit is also among us to confirm to the consciences of men the works of Jesus. There was no denying that in His earthly ministry, Jesus was a mighty worker of miracles. He did raise the dead. He did cleanse the leper. He did turn the water into wine. He did feed the multitude with a few pieces of bread.

The Pharisees did not try to deny the miracles He wrought. They could not deny them—for the man who was blind only moments before was now walking among them, with full vision. You cannot deny a fact that stands and stares you in the face—a fact that you can touch and feel and push around and investigate! The Pharisees simply said: “He does his work in the power of the devil.”

The Holy Spirit came that He might confirm and verify the divine quality of those mighty works of Jesus and prove Him indeed to be the very God who had made the world and who could make it do what He pleased for it to do. EFE028

Lord, don’t let me deny the work of Your hand by attributing it to coincidence or any other cause. Keep me sensitive to Your Holy Spirit as He confirms Your work to me today. Amen.

Giving Christ His Place To You

That every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:11)

Christianity at large and the Church, generally speaking, are afflicted with a dread, lingering illness that shows itself daily in the apathy and spiritual paralysis of its members. How can it be otherwise when 20th-century Christians refuse to acknowledge the sharp moral antithesis that God Himself has set between the Church, as the Body of Christ, and this present world with its own human systems?

The differences between the churchly world and the followers of the Lamb are so basic that they can never be reconciled or negotiated. God has never promised His believing people that they would become a popular majority in this earthly scene.

I wonder how many believers would join me in a clear-cut manifesto to our times? I want it to be a declaration of our intentions to restore Christ to the place that is rightfully His in our personal lives, in our family situations and in the fellowship of the churches that bear His name.

Are we willing to demonstrate the standards of godliness and biblical holiness as a rebuke to this wicked and perverse generation?

Constantly our Master used the title, the “Son of Man!”

How constantly our Master used the title, the “Son of Man!” If he had chosen, he might always have spoken of himself as the Son of God, the Everlasting Father, the Wonderful, the Counselor, the Prince of Peace; but behold the lowliness of Jesus! He prefers to call himself the Son of man. Let us learn a lesson of humility from our Saviour. Jesus loved manhood so much, that he delighted to honor it; and since it is a high honor, and, indeed, the greatest dignity of manhood, that Jesus is the Son of man, he is wont to display this name, that he may, as it were, hang royal stars upon the breast of manhood, and show forth the love of God to Abraham’s seed.