Birthdays and “Better Than”s

We celebrated Little S’s birthday yesterday. He likes the movie “The Black Stallion”, so I made a horse cake and the cousins came over to watch the movie. He already appears taller today. I can’t believe how fast time goes- he was never little, but it seems only a short time ago he fit better in my arms.
In other birthday news, we decided to schedule an induction on April 27 to deliver Micah and Micaiah. In light of all the circumstances surrounding this pregnancy, we think it would be best this time to exercise a bit more control over when the babies will come. Please mark your calendars and be praying for us on that day. We’ll need it.
On the way home from the doctor yesterday, I heard a new song by Amy Grant called “Better Than A Hallelujah”. There are numerous places to listen to it on the web, but this old laptop can’t get you to any of them. Look up the song and see what you think about it. I’ve been meditating on the ideas expressed in it since yesterday. The gist of the song, to me, is that sometimes God would prefer the heartbroken cry of some poor soul over the grand hallelujahs we typically think of as ‘praise’. I’m not sure how I feel about the thought He prefers it, but it is intriguing to think about how pain, sorrow, and even shame can praise His name, as much if not more than exclamations of joy. If this is the case, I can think of two reasons why this might be:
1. If, at a person’s lowest points, he chooses to direct his anguish to the LORD instead of wallowing by himself, this shows a faith of sorts. The person is acknowledging the only personal, loving God in this universe who sees, hears and knows all things.
2. God helps those who cry out to Him. He probably isn’t as motivated to intervene in the life of the soul who doesn’t think they need Him. What deeper needs can be expressed than through cries, groans, and tears?
I want to hear your take on this song. Amy Grant- we won’t go there, more than just to say I have enjoyed many of her songs and appreciate them being usually in a key that I can sing.

Psalm 22: 24 For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither has He hidden His face from him; but when he cried to Him for help, He heard.

3 Replies to “Birthdays and “Better Than”s”

  1. The word “contrite” comes to mind:

    Psa 51:17 The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

    Psa 34:18 The LORD [is] nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

    Isa 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name [is] Holy; I dwell in the high and holy [place], with him also [that is] of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

  2. Happy birthday little S!

    I’ll think about that song. Right now it reminds me how a dad likes to be praised, but is so strongly affected when his hurt child screams out for him, “Daddy!” How much more God loves us! And, a girl once told me she sings when she is sad. I told her that I sing when I’m happy. Since then, I’ve learned I can sing both times. The sad songs are crying out to God.

  3. This has been in the back of my mind, and I have only heard/read the song once, but it keeps bugging me. I think praise is better, and if we can praise the Lord even when things are going wrong, it is good. He loves us when we praise Him, and He loves us when we cry out to Him for help, but I’d rather be praising Him both when His goodness is apparent and when I need Him desperately.

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