It's Too Loud!
- By Wilson Matthews
- Published 02/4/2008
Wilson is the youth leader at International Punjabi Masihi Church in Vancouver, Canada. Everyone loves this radical preacher's passion for Christ and His Church. Wilson helped organize the South Asian Global Convention (SAGC 2004) under the leadership of Pastor Pritam Singh. He is as "hairy-as-a-yak," "spits-like-a-camel," and is a F.A.T. (Faithful, Available, and Teachable) Christian. Wilson, a Malayalee Christian holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Trinity Western University and his mission is to make Scripture relevant to today's generation. Famous quote: "Knock it off!"
That was the catch line for Generation Unleashed this year. "IT'S TOO LOUD!" he shouts loudly! Yes, the goofiness continues! One thing the Lord has taught me in life is the value of laughter and joy. If you have ever felt the depths of depression or ever touched or felt so down and empty like I have as a teen, you will know exactly what I'm talking about.
"...for the joy of the LORD is your strength." (Nehemiah 8:10)
It certainly is. Anger and frustration in its fleshly forms offers no strength but only destruction. What marked GU this year was the joy. We had a great time and there was nothing sinful about that. There are many things I want to tell you but I'll save some for later. I was greatly touched by the speakers, worship and gifts. I especially loved that Hawaiian pastor dude who seemed to have his finger on the pulse of my spiritual journey. I was touched that he mentioned two causes on my heart. It was clearly divine.
Our group shared some testimonies this morning with PMC about the trip. I wanted to tell about how shocked I was that God would take the time out of the convention to affirm some of the desires and causes in my heart. My heart goes out to addicts and those who have been hurt by cancer.... The pastor mentioned both and gave me a gift to affirm it on top of that. I was deeply touched and moved. It was thrilling. He also mentioned a bible verse that has been repeated to me many times. I'd like to share it with you if you please. It is very special. I hope you take it to heart.
"Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalm 37:4)
It is great to be refreshed to know that God is still out there, in control, intimately involved and knowing everything. This may seem like Sunday School to you but it will mean more when you are in the heat of battle, pressing through trials, temptations, persecution and suffering. If you don't know what I mean, just wait you will. I'm sure there are some out there who know exactly what I'm talking about.
Before I sign off, I just want to share a beautiful Psalm! This was a Psalm I shared with A before he died. It is very special to his wife as well....
" O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.
5 You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.
19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God!
Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD,
and abhor those who rise up against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting."