On Sunday I’ll be serving as the worship leader at State College E-Free Church. I’ve been reading Ecclesiastes lately, so the idea of humility before God has been on my mind. I’ve had my share of “Meaningless, meaningless! Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless!” moments in the past few weeks.
Prelude: (E) 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) – Matt Redman | Jonas Myrin
(A) God You Reign – Lincoln Brewster | Mia Fieldes
(A) Our God – Chris Tomlin | Jesse Reeves | Joans Myrin | Matt Redman
(A) Everlasting God – Brenton Brown | Ken Riley
(A) You are God Alone – Billy Foote | Cindy Foote
Closing: (E) Hosanna – Brooke Fraser
I really like the bridge of Hosanna, which begins with “Break my heart for what breaks Yours.” I think it is very fitting for the conclusion of the sermon series we’ve been having this month that focused on Jesus reaching out to address the spiritual and temporal needs of others. Over most of my life the concept of a broken heart was rather abstract to me. It’s not abstract to me anymore.
One of the things that overwhelms me is that God loves so many people who do not love Him. He sees the pain they put themselves through. He sees the poor choices. He sees the injuries they inflict on themselves and others. At times I ask myself why He allows Himself to be so vulnerable. He still loves.
My immediate response is not so noble. When the pain is sharp I think: I’ll never let someone mean that much to me again. A line from Sherlock this past Sunday comes to mind: “Alone is what I have. Alone protects me.” Hearing that line elicits pity, for it is evident that it is not healthy.
The song Hosanna recognizes Jesus as the one who offers us hope. The very title, and the repetition of the chorus, is a plea to be saved . Coupled with that plea to be saved is another request. A request to feel pain.
May our hearts break when we see need around us. May we refuse to embrace the protection of isolation. May we recognize the love of our Savior and offer our devotion.
 A loose translation of hosanna is "save us!"