In [Jesus] we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. – Ephesians 1:7-10
Mountains of heartache and towers of pain, be cast down in Jesus’ name
Rivers of hatred and oceans of shame, be dried up in Jesus’ name
Fear-filled divisions will all be erased; we claim this in Jesus’ name
All tribes and tongues, every culture and race, united in Jesus’ name
So we will raise our song, “Praise Your mighty name! Praise Your mighty name!”
You’ve won us by Your blood, so hear us when we pray, hear us when we pray
Lord, won’t You make us one, “Praise Your mighty name! Praise Your mighty name!”
Lord, let Your kingdom come, hear us when we pray
In Jesus’ name (we pray)
The promise upon us: one Spirit-filled Church, together in Jesus’ name
Praising the One who has lifted the curse, forever, in Jesus’ name
Who can stand in Your way? Son of Man, there is power in Your name!
– Raise Our Song (Power in Your Name) by Jonatan Barahona, Bobby Gilles, and Brooks Ritter.
We’ll be introducing a new song here over the next few weeks, and as we do, I want you to think about this question: “Who can stand in God’s way?” Maybe you know the answer to that, but you can certainly think of some things that are standing in your way – things like heartache, shame, hatred, or fear. Well, this week’s been filled with its share of heartache and pain – from our individual experiences: relationships, careers, or health. To the world around us where, this week, another unarmed young man was killed. Maybe shame tells us today that our sins are too great to be forgiven. Fear tells us that we’ll never experience true joy in this life. Maybe you’ve experienced some kind of disunity – whether its relational, racial or cultural. Whatever the case, this song tells us that Jesus – His name, His person, and His work – defeats each of these things.
And this is what we mean when we sing “Praise Your mighty name!” It’s because of what God has done through His Son – displaying His power, His love, His justice, and His salvation – through the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus, that we now have an indestructible peace, unending love, a fullness of joy, and a unity that transcends all relational, racial, or cultural boundaries. Because of the mighty name of Jesus, a name that Paul says “every knee will bow before” we’ve been redeemed from the curse of sin and death that plagues both ourselves and this fallen world that we live in – a world filled with injustice, hatred, disunity, and pain. One day this will be seen and experienced in the fullest extent, which is why our hope doesn’t have to rest in the ultimate resolution of these things in the present. Our hope rests in the answer to the question “Who can stand in God’s way?” And that answer is, that because of the power in the name of Jesus, nothing can stand in the way of God’s glorious purposes in redeeming and unifying His people and crushing the brokenness and corruption of this world.