Michael Card, my favorite musician, wrote a song called, “Know You in the Now.” It describes the struggle to know God in a world focused on what we can discover with our senses. The song unmasks the idolatry that has crept into modern Christianity. I listened to the song again today for the first time in a long time. I was struck by its raw simplicty and power.
Why does it seem to hard to know God in our present reality? God is not a character in a story book. God is active in the world today. He holds all things together and gives us each new day. Why has knowing God been relegated to religion, ceremony and obligation?
Where is the joy in knowing God? Here are the words to the song. May they impact you ask much as they have me.
Know You in the Know by Michael Card
Echo of history, a light so many strain to see
The One we talk so much about, but rarely ever live it out
Could You tell me why, was it for this You came and died?
A once a week observance, when we coldly mouth Your words
Lord I long to see, Your presence in reality
But I don’t know how, let me know You in the now
We should confess, we lose You in our busyness
We’ve made You in our image, so our faith’s idolatry
Lord, deliver me, break my heart so I can see
All the ways You dwell in us, that You’re alive in me