Growing up in my church we often sang the song “Jehovah-jirah.” As I child I as very familiar with this song. In fact, it was one of my favorites. Because my dad was in the worship band, it wasn't unusual for the band to rehearse at our house. One particular week the band was rehearsing at our house and all the families were singing along. When they began singing “Jehovah-Jirah” I got excited. So I stepped up front and began singing at the top of my lungs. Now, the real words for this song begins
“Jehovah-jirah, My Provider,
His grace is sufficient for me, for me, for me,
Jehovah-jirah, My Provider,
His grace is sufficient for me.”
However, as a little one, I had a different idea of what the lyrics were. So I belted out with all confidence:
“Jehovah-jirah, My Provider
Well He's goin' fishin' for me, for me, for me
Jehovah-jirah, My Provider
Well He's goin' fishin' for me.”
Of course belting out these lyrics caused all eyes to turn toward me. I thought, “They must love my pretty singing voice!” It wasn't until I looked closely at the faces of my friends and family did I realize that they were looking at me with looks of confusion rather than awe. Then the laughter erupted and I fully realized that I had done something wrong. It was at this point that my mother informed me of the correct lyrics to this song. I was utterly embarrassed.
However, looking back as an adult, I have come to love this story. I see the child-like faith I had in Jesus. Words like “grace” and “sufficient” were unfamiliar to me. So I just sang words that I thought sounded right and talked about God's provision. I had heard stories of Jesus asking the disciples to become fishers of men. I had also heard the story of Jesus causing the fishermen's nets to overflow with fish after a night of catching nothing. I was also familiar with Jesus feeding the 5,000 with just 5 loaves and 2 fish. So talking about God's provision through fishing made sense to me.
It hit me last night as I was lying in bed just how profound this little lyric change was. When I was a child, I associated this name with things that I knew God had already done. Now as an adult, I often am not satisfied with what God has already done, but rather expect Him to prove Himself again and again.
So last night, rather than tell God all the ways I needed Him to be the Provider for me, I thanked Him for many of the ways He has already provided for me in my life.
So today I have a challenge for you. I want you to write your own version of this song sharing with the blog community how you have seen God provide for you! Yep, you read that right. And if you do you could win Carl‘s new CD, GRACE.
Here's what you need to do.
1. Start with “Jehovah-jirah, My Provider” then post a comment sharing how God has been your provider. Don't be scared. It doesn't have to rhyme or even fit in the song. Just comment on how God has provided for you!
2. Share this post two times (either by email, facebook or twitter) by clicking the icons at the bottom of the post. In your comment tell me with whom you are sharing this post.
Two lucky winners will receive Carl's newest CD! Winners will be announced Monday, March 21.
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