Eugene Peterson, in the introduction to the book of Ephesians in The Message wrote:

What we know about God and what we do for God have a way of getting broken apart in our lives. The moment the organic unity of belief and behavior is damaged in any way, we are incapable of living out the full humanity for which we were created.

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians joins together what has been torn apart in our sin-wrecked world. He begins with an exuberant exploration of what Christians believe about God, and then, like a surgeon skillfully setting a compound fracture, “sets” this belief in God into our behavior before God so that the bones – belief and behavior – knit together and heal.

Once our attention is calleld to it, we notice these fractures all over the place. There is hardly a bone in our bodies that has escaped injury, hardly a relationship in our city or job, school or church, family or country, that isn’t out of joint or limping in pain. There is much work to be done.

And so Paul goes to work…. the energy of reconciliation is the dynamo at the heart of the universe, it is imperative that we join in vigorously and perseveringly, convinced that every detail in our lives contributes (or not) to what Paul describes as God’s plan worked out by Christ, “a long range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth.

As I meditated on this introduction and the first chapter of Ephesians early this morning, I realized that the choice of praise music that I am listening to builds on these thoughts: “How Great is our God, Sing with me, How great is our God. So all will see, how great, how great is our God… You’re the name above all names, you are worthy of all praise; my heart will sing, How Great is our God!”

How Great Is Our God lyrics
Songwriters: Cash, Ed; Tomlin, Chris; Reeves, Jesse

The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice

He wraps himself in Light, and darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Name above all names
Worthy of our praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

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