Today’s devotional focuses on the song “He Has Time” from Common Hymnal. You can check out the original video in the link at the bottom of this page. Let’s look at the lyrics to this song, and see how they match up to the Bible’s teaching.
Verse 1 is descriptive of our plight – of a broken human state. The writers of the song have shared the story of how it was written, and that it addresses sexual abuse, but it can more broadly apply to other hurts. In this verse, the singer is addressing the hurting person and acknowledging their hurt. In verse 2, we alternate from acknowledging hurt to encouraging the hurting person to turn to God. We don’t need Bible verses to back up the fact that people are hurting.
The core of the song, the theology of the song, is in these phrases:
- your story’s not over/it’s just the beginning/He has time
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
- Jesus runs after the broken ones
Luke 15:4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it?
- weeping with those who weep
John 11:33-36 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34 And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
- crowns them with purity
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- He is here
Isaiah 57:15 For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
- to take what’s wrong and make it right
Isaiah 30:18 Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.