Give thanks with a grateful heart.
Give thanks to the Holy One.
Give thanks because he’s given Jesus Christ, his son.
And now, let the weak say, “I am strong…”
(Give Thanks, Don Moen, 1986)
Context is really important.
This line from Don Moen’s song is found in the Bible in Joel 3:10. Of course, those of you who look it up will find that the Lord is actually speaking to the enemies of Israel, the nations who have plundered and destroyed his people. God is essentially telling them to “Bring it on,” to prepare to fight, because God is going to turn them to powder.
Not exactly the same feeling Mr. Moen was looking to engender in his song.
Why am I telling you this, and spoiling the moment? Well, for one thing, I want you to be Biblically literate. If we’re going to use Scripture, we should at least know what it really says.
Also, even with the contextual confusion, this remains one of my all-time favorite worship songs. And the message is true, even if the reference is a bit askew. The Bible is full of the truth that God gives strength to the weak. He offers–may I be so bold as to say that he longs–to show his strength in our feeblieosity.
Do you feel weak?
Well, you are…you know… in and of yourself.
But in Christ…oh, Baby!
In Christ you are mighty. In Christ, you have the power to do battle with whatever comes against you today. In Christ, your weakness is transformed into his great strength.
So now, though you are weak, say, “I am strong!”
Go ahead, say it.
Happy Monday, Beloved.