June 9, 2008 Ration

Psalm 102:18

“Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord:…”

I would argue that this is one of the strongest reasons for an artist in the body of Christ to set aside everything that distracts him from fulfilling his purpose as a member of the body of Christ and pursue the artistic skills and abilities that God has endowed to him. Records must be engraved! Where God has given you the ability to record, to transfer, to articulate, to preserve, to tell to the next generation a portion of the greatness of God so that they might know Him as He is, you must do it, artist!

What better gig could a person have? To behold and enjoy the Lord in some aspect of His might, to enjoy then the pleasure of the Lord in exercising the particular artistic skill given to him by the Lord, and then to see that labor work for the edification of others as they grow in their affections for the Lord. An artist has a great gig!

Do you think you have a great gig, artist? Do you spend your gig like this? Your gig may not be so great right now because you have the wrong end in sight in your artistry. The Psalmist says, “Let this be recorded for a generation to come, SO THAT…” The reason the record should be made is SO THAT a people yet to be created may hear of the greatness of the Lord and be moved to praise Him. Did you think your gig was about the praise of you?

Listen to what the Psalmist has recorded for us – a people yet to be created at the time he wrote his poem: “…from heaven the Lord looked at the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die, that they might declare in Zion the name of the Lord… Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away, but You are the same, and your years have no end. The children of Your servants shall dwell secure; their offspring shall be established before You.”

I am so glad this guy wrote this poem. If he had not recorded it for me, how would I have known of the strength of this God? Lord willing, I would have heard it from someone else who was more faithful with his time and skills. But today, this psalmist enjoys the fruit of his faithfulness with his poetry as it has proven to edify me, one who was far yet to be created.

With this in mind, consider the longevity of your artistic labors. Not every form of artistry is intended to last for thousands of years, but surely your labors can impact the generation to come. Do you set your artistic sights on the long throw, or do you only fiddle with the passing moment. Yes, take record of the greatness of God for even the passing moment, but do more than that. Let your grandchildren be nourished as they consider your record of your encounters with the Lord today.

Artists, there is a people yet to be created that you have an obligation as a communicator to make sure they hear of God as He has revealed Himself to you, that is, assuming you have seen His work. If you have yet to see the might of this God, then ask to see Him. You will find yourself with more thematic content for your artistry than you will ever be able to make record of. Yet, it is your charge to do so! Will that charge be your pleasure?

May the generations to come praise the Lord for your faithfulness in the record you make, from your own pen, of the accounts of the might of God in your life. And may your account itself bear witness to the grandness of the pleasures of God as He has endowed each person with the artistic skills He so desired. Artists, take pleasure in recording the pleasures of God for the people yet to be created!

Jason Harms


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