I walked into the day room at the juvenile facility for incarcerated youth. The deputy saw me and made the announcement for Bible study. A group of guys headed for the classroom, leaving a new guy, Brett, sitting alone on the sofa. I asked him if he’d like to join us.
“What is it? I’ve never been before.”
“I have my guitar and we’re going to sing a couple songs and then we’ll learn something that God wants us to know from the Bible. Why don’t you come!” He did.
I opened with the song, Blessed Be Your Name by Matt Redman. Here are the lyrics:
Blessed Be Your Name, In the land that is plentiful
Where Your 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’ll 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
Every blessing You pour out, I’ll 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 You give and take away You give and take away My heart will choose to say Lord, blessed be Your name”
When we finished Brett spoke up, “I’ve heard that song before.”
I said, “Perhaps you’ve heard it in church.”
“I don’t go to church.”
I said, “It’s also a song that is sometimes sung at funerals.”
“That’s it! They sang that at my dad’s funeral!”
“I’m sorry. How long ago was that?”
“It was five years ago when I was twelve. Would it be possible for me to get a copy of those words? I’d really like to have them and read them again.”
When our Bible study ended, Brett wanted to pray and receive Christ. The deputy made a copy of the song lyrics for him before I left for home. It was a very good evening.
- Let the name of the LORD be praised, both now and forevermore. Psalm 113:2
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