Sunday, 2 June 2013

Bezalel

Happy Sunny Sunday blogosphere :)

A month or so ago I went to see Stuart Townend live in Cardiff. He is an extremely gifted Christian musician/songwriter. The evening was fantastic, a great mixture of songs I knew and others I didn't, as well as a mixture of music and speaking about music and what the Bible says about worship. Around the same time I was reading Exodus and had just got to the bit where they build the Tabernacle. There's a really cool little snippet about a guy named Bezalel who God chooses, not for his leadership or strength but because he's a good craftsman:

31 1-5 God spoke to Moses: “See what I’ve done; I’ve personally chosen Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur of the tribe of Judah. I’ve filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him skill and know-how and expertise in every kind of craft to create designs and work in gold, silver, and bronze; to cut and set gemstones; to carve wood—he’s an all-around craftsman. (Exodus 31:1-5 - The Message)

My favourite point in the evening was Stuart Townend singing a song I had never heard called Never Failing Love. It's based on 1 Corinthians 13, a well known passage often read at weddings, that talks of a radically different kind of love that comes through Jesus. The beauty of the songwriting and performance reminded me of Bezalel, another guy whose gifts God used to reveal His glory. I was inspired to do the same so I got a copy of the music to Never Failing Love and have been practising it. This is a very simple video, I apologise for the poor quality, I just used the video function on my normal camera. I can't claim to be as skilled a musician as Stuart Townend either, but I hope that listening to these words and this music will make you think again about God and the way that He loves.

If I sang the songs the angels sing,
If I grasped the depths of everything,
Though the mysteries of this world were mine -
I’m nothing without love.
I could give to every child in need,
I could save the planet from our greed,
I could stand for justice till I bleed -
And never know His love
Love is patient, love is kind,
Not envious or boastful;
Humble, pure and undefiled,
Rejoicing in the truth.
I could give my money to the poor,
I could preach the gospel door to door,
Even save a thousand souls or more -
And still not know His love
Love is trusting, quick to mend,
Protecting and forgiving,
Persevering to the end -
This love will never fail.
When the finest words have passed away,
And the best we have is yesterday,
There is one thing that is here to stay -
His never-failing love,
His never-failing love.
Stuart Townend & Mark EdwardsCopyright © 2011 Thankyou Music