Blessed be Your Name

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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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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6 Responses to Blessed be Your Name

  1. Mark says:

    yes, good song indeed!

  2. Liana says:

    What a beautiful testimony Kathleen. That song is one of my favourites. I remember they played it at church just after the loss of my mother or brother (it’s been a while!) and I just broke down. That line about ‘He gives and takes away’ was just too raw at the time. Maybe that’s the line that touched Brett’s heart also. Praise God.

    • Kathleen says:

      It’s one of my favorites as well. It’s a good reminder and an encouragement to bless His name even during the most difficult trials.

  3. Susan says:

    It is amazing what helps people to make a decision for God. It was no coincident that you chose that song for that Bible study. You know God had a hand in it. He knew what would work. Praise God and God bless you for your obedience. Susan

    • Kathleen says:

      It is amazing, isn’t it Susan! It was the first time I’d used that song with the minors. God knew in advance what was needed that night. Praise Him!

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