greater things have yet to come …

You’re the God of this City

You’re the King of these people

You’re the Lord of this nation

You are

You’re the Light in this darkness

You’re the Hope to the hopeless

You’re the Peace to the restless

You are

There is no one like our God

There is no one like our God

For greater things have yet to come

And greater things are still to be done in this City

Greater thing have yet to come

And greater things are still to be done in this City

There is no one like our God

There is no one like our God

For greater things have yet to come

And greater things are still to be done in this City

Greater things have yet to come

And greater things are still to be done here

we sang this song this morning in church; and strangely enough, it was the first time i’d heard it.  like everything we do at brentwood, the song tied directly to both of the things we were discussing: our church’s part in the upcoming ’50 days of unbroken prayer’ (brentwood and several other area  churches come together and pray unabated for 50 days. we pray for our churches, our city, our nation, our global mission, and that we will know our god more deeply than before.) and our involvement in freedom 4/24 (more on that in a bit). first, here’s the story behind the song …

[Here is Bluetree’s story:

Nov 2006, Bluetree are heading out to Pattaya Thailand to participate in an event arranged by Belfast missionaries living in Pattaya, Thailand called Pattaya Praise. We’ve no expectation of the event; we were just looking for an opportunity to serve somehow.

We didn’t know much about it before we left, but Pattaya is a dark place. It’s a small seaside town notorious for it’s sex trade. Throughout our time there we heard countless stories of girls who are bought from their parents for a price, sold to the sex industry at ages as young as 5 years old. Arriving in Pattaya the spiritual climate seems to change, it’s hard to define, but there is a very tangible change. On the bus journey in we’d been our usual cheery selves, but entering Pattaya at 10am and turning on to a street lined by girls ready for business, the bus became very quiet. We’re in total shock. It’s a sunny day but it’s incredible how dark it feels.

‘Walking street’ we learn is the epicentre of the sex trade in Pattaya, it’s about a mile long and at night springs to life with neon signs. Thai people are generally conservative in their dress sense — it’s generally considered provocative to bare your shoulders. But on their street the girls are wearing very little, and offering anything you can imagine for a price. It’s easy to look around with human eyes, see the depravity and get angry. You see older men walking hand-in-hand with young girls — as a daddy, that’s hard to take in. It’s easy to get angry, it’s easy to judge — but that’s not our job, so we grit our teeth.

We were in Pattaya to be part of a praise event not far from this street, the soul purpose of which was to worship and show God’s light in a dark place. We wanted to play more than the scheduled slots while we were there, so we found out that one of the bar owners would let us play a worship set in her bar on the proviso that we brought as many from the missions team who would buy coke-a-cola all night. We walk in to the bar which is about the middle of walking street, girls are lined up on the stairs waiting for business. We get set up, we’re really nervous and quite uncomfortable but we kick in to a familiar beat of worship and soon it’s ok. God starts to speak and we started to move in to this spontaneous song. The truth is when you worship in a place, you start to see God’s heart for that place. What would God say to a place like this?

Amidst the depravity God says, I’m the God of this City, I’m the King of these people and Greater Thing are Yet to Come, Greater Things are Still to be Done HERE. The song wasn’t written before that night, but we came out of the bar having worshipped with the song that is now the title track of our album — God of this City (Greater things). The song isn’t just for Pattaya — it’s for your city, and it’s true. By faith we must expect that greater things are still to be done.]

now: freedom 4/24 is a non-profit started by one of the girls at brentwood that partners with an organization in thailand- beginnings- that seeks to free women who are trapped and exploited by the sex slave trade.  the name ‘freedom 4/24’ comes from the $24 that it costs to purchase a woman’s time for the evening- to spend time with her; time that could lead to her lifetime freedom.  you can check out the site here: www.freedom4-24.com

in thinking about this and dwelling on the lyrics to the song, i found myself praying with a new intensity for the people of palm beach county.  i have been there, walked the beach, driven the streets, and shopped at target and publix, but i still don’t have a clear idea of what i’ll encounter and what the lord will bring to my doorstep.  we’re going there with a mission, a dream, and the calling of god to reach these people with the truth, real life, and salvation offered by the gospel.  there is so much to be done there- so many people to reach, so many lives to see changed … and i love knowing that even though this song wasn’t written about jupiter, florida, it still fits.  god has a work that he wants to see done in that city- he is the god of that city; he is the god of those people; he is the hope, the light, and the peace.  and as great as the dreams that we have are, greater things are yet to be done in that city.

all i can say: amen.

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2 responses to “greater things have yet to come …

  1. great song, and yes greater things are yet to come in each of our cities. i will be praying for your move. i know God will honor your faith and you will play a hand in the things to come. love the story behind the song as well.

  2. This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

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