01 Aug Shine Your Light – Aug 13
By Martin Susatyo
I am delighted to write on one of my favourite worship song – Mighty to Save by Hillsong Australia. This song was written by two worship leaders in Hillsong church – Reuben Morgan & Ben Fielding. The chorus of the song reassures us that God’s presence is always in the midst of us and that He is a God who is ABLE to save us in in our times of trouble or needs.
As a worship leader, God often speaks to me through this song and deliver these 2 key messages – Light and Compassion.
The bridge of the song says – “Shine your light and let the whole world see!”
If you are reading this, most likely that you are a Christian and have been ‘born again’, saved and received salvation. In Paul’s 2nd letter to Thessalonians, he refers this status and analogy that we are – Children of Light. In Jewish literature, this phrase is used and in the New Testament termed as of those who belong to the realm of God and His salvation.
In Matthew 5:14-15, Jesus said that we are the light of the world. A bright city that cannot (and should not) be hidden from the world. Jesus wants us to display our Light to those who are in the dark. How? Simple! Through our good works (Kingdom Living) to glorify the Father in Heaven. Remember that lights shines brighter in the dark, not in a bright area.
The first verse of song says – “Everyone needs compassion… Let mercy fall on me.”
I love how the Gospel repeat and mention Jesus utmost merciful character – Compassionate. Every time Jesus sees the crowd “He had compassion for them” (Matthew 9:36). Jesus sees them as sheep without a shepherd; people who needs His love and mercy. I am speaking to myself and to you; to ask for God’s compassion to fall on us right now as we see the people around us. I pray for Holy Spirit to help us see them as how Jesus sees them – as lost souls in need of a Savior.
I believe with my whole heart that this is what God requires us a church – to be children of light in darkness of this generation and to have Jesus’s compassionate heart for His lost people.