Friday, June 20, 2008

What Do I Know?

I've been listening to the song by Addison Road called "What Do I Know of Holy". I have tried to add it to my playlist but I guess the free playlist people don't know about the song yet. You can hear it on
I really like the song. There is a complete humility to the song that I think we don't take to God enough. We study our bibles and learn theologies but when it comes down to it, what do we really know of God?

There is a speaker by the name of Louie Giglio who has some pretty famous sermons in which he shows a bunch of amazing photos from the Hubble telescope (Josh has the DVD if anyone wants to see it). When he puts everything in perspective with these photographs, you are left with this feeling of utter insignificance....sounds pretty hopeless right? Wrong. You are actually also left with this incredible realization that the God who made this vast (and boy do I mean vast) universe cares about you and me.

This song is kind of like that for me. I started out thinking I knew so much but after listening for awhile and trying to put it all in perspective, there is so much of God that is still a mystery. We stand here on the edge of God, trying to take in more than our minds can possibly fathom. All the while, there are galaxies upon galaxies of God that are not visible to our naked eyes.

I came across this in some reading.

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him" - but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
--I Corinthians 2:6-10

I really like that last line. Just when we thought it looked pretty bleak, God gives us hope that we can know Him.

In this spirit of humility, I wanted to tell you all about one of my favorite parts of the new "Chronicles of Narnia" movie Prince Caspian. It is towards the end when Aslan tells the four children and Caspian "Arise my kings and queens". The four children arise but Caspian stays kneeling with head bowed. "I meant all of you" says Aslan. Caspian looks up and says, "I don't think that I am ready." Aslan replies lovingly, "It is for that reason, I know you are."

Here are the lyrics to "What do I Know of Holy"

I’ve made you promises a thousand times
I’ve tried to hear from heaven
But I talk the whole time
I think I made you too small
I’ve never feared you at all
If you touched my face would I know you
Looked into my eyes could I behold you

What do I know of you
Who spoke me into motion
Where have I even stood
But the shore along your ocean
Are you fire, are you fury
Are you sacred, are you beautiful
What do I know
What do I know of holy

I guess I thought that I had you figured out
I knew all the stories and I learned to talk about
How you were mighty to save
But those were only empty words on a page
Then I caught a glimpse of who you might be
The slightest hint of you brought me down to my knees

What do I know of Holy
What do I know of wounds that will heal my shame
And a God who gave life its name

What do I know of Holy
Of the One who the angels praise
All creation knows your name
On earth and heaven above
What do I know of this love

Blessings, Courtney


Adam Wallace said...

That was great Courtney.

Valarie said...

I have been trying to remember the name of a band that I heard the other day. I wanted to see about doing an expressive worship piece to this song I had heard. That band you mentioned was them!! I love that song you mentioned, it is not the same one I heard, but I love this one. Maybe I should consider it?