Thankful Thursday

As is often the case, my Thankful Thursday post involves a song this week. Last night in our children's choir rehearsal, my friend K introduced the song "Blessed Be Your Name". As she was introducing it, she mentioned this verse from Job 1:21...

"the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."

It was certainly not the first time I had heard that verse, but while I was sitting on the piano bench, in the midst of a bunch of hyper 4th-6th graders, God used it not only to answer a prayer I've been praying for weeks, but also to speak directly to my heart about an issue with which I've been struggling tremendously lately. As we sang the song, the words continued to speak to me, and gave me an idea in how to approach something that one of my children had been questioning recently...something I didn't really know how to deal with and about which I had been praying for wisdom.

Today I am thankful for the reminder that God gives, God takes away...and His name is to be praised in all things, because He is good.

Blessed Be Your Name

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 in the wilderness, blessed be Your 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.
Thought 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.

--Matt and Beth Redman

I am thankful today for the reminder that I can choose to say, "Blessed be Your name. "

To see what others are thankful for today, visit Iris at Sting My Heart.


Denise said...

Amen, blessed be His name forever dear one.

ellen b said...

This song has spoken to me in a rich and powerful way. Thanks for sharing how you've been blessed.

Changed by His Love said...

I think my husband told me that the Redman's wrote that song after miscarrying a baby...I love that song as well and God used it a few years ago and still uses it today to make me realize releasing something or someone to His care is the BEST. Thanks for sharing your TT with us!

Kelli said...

Beautiful song. I'm so glad that your prayers have been answered!
P.s. Thank you for visiting my Open House!

Mary said...

Love that song. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

eph2810 said...

I love that song a lot!!!! When I am down and listen to it, it reminds me that He is there, no matter what...I actually love that song so much that part of the lyrics will be the IOW quote on August 14th.

Thank you so much for sharing your thankfulness with us this week. I pray that our Lord will give you the wisdom you are seeking.

Blessings to you and yours...

Hopeful Spirit said...

I love it when the answers come at the most unexpected moment. Thanks for sharing that.