This week, we are featuring a series of reflections by Brian Harriett on music from dc Talk, a Christian rock/rap trio founded in 1987.
1 I put all my hope in the Lord.
He leaned down to me;
he listened to my cry for help.
2 He lifted me out of the pit of death,
out of the mud and filth,
and set my feet on solid rock.
He steadied my legs.
Back-back-back in the day there was a mandc Talk (“Luv is a Verb,” 1992)
Who stepped out of Heaven and He walked the land
He delivered to the people an eternal choice
With a heart full of love and the truth in His voice
Long before the rock group U2 sang “Walk On,” came King David’s Psalm 40. According to the Irish band: “The only baggage you can bring… And love is not the easy thing…. Walk on, walk on…” (2000).
Earthly direction, leading to action, can help us realize that we need to move from a difficult past to a future path in love. However, Psalm 40:2 cries out for spiritual direction – “…steadying my footsteps and establishing my path” (Amplified Bible).
The earthly appearance of Jesus, Emmanuel, provides a “concrete” path for us to follow. His cry of tetelestai, “it is finished,” on the cross meant that we had a direct way to God’s love through Christ’s narrow path. Believing in the life God has for us, and walking forward on Jesus’ path creates a motto: “Don’t walk back to normal, walk forward to God’s normal.” Think about what past familiarity and challenges may be holding you back from acting out a bountiful future.
By Brian Harriett
For Pondering & Prayer
When did you last come to a crossroads where you had to make a choice for your future path? Are you choosing God’s direction to walk the loving, though sometimes difficult, narrow path of Christ?
Prayer: Thank you Lord, for helping me to build my life on your promises of love. “Because His promises are unbreakable, my world is unshakable. I do not stand on the problems of life or the pain in life. I stand on the great and precious promises of God.” Amen.
(Prayer quotes Max Lucado’s “Unshakable Hope: Building Our Lives on the Promises of God,” 2019.)