November 01, 2014

#65 Motty

 Today we were so blessed to speak with Nick Mott who is currently residing in Turkey. 
I found myself saying “wow” a lot while talking with him about his life and all he is being blessed to experience. Nick started playing the bass when he was a teenager and in his early 20’s he became a Christian and started playing the guitar. Early on he began to write songs and also make songs from scripture as he grew more from reading the bible. Nick expressed how he loves to get into the heart of what the bible says and explain these things in the songs he writes. He touched on how Psalm 119 is the longest psalm in the bible and explained to us some things that most may not realize when reading this psalm. His feature song today is based on 8 verses from this psalm, and like other sections it has its own theme and this section is about suffering. Nick says it’s an amazing concept that God in his goodness allows us to suffer, and that is part of his goodness. He does a great job unpacking this for us in a really interesting way. He says it’s like a mystery to take something we perceive as bad and call it good and asks the question, “How do you praise God in the middle of the dark valley?” The difference is the relationship with God and the Psalms are songs and that show us that it is right to sing praises in both joyful and mournful times. Out of suffering we actually experience a growth in our own life as we learn to walk with the Lord. It’s the paradox of suffering and it seems like it’s out of place in our lives, that as children of God we shouldn’t suffer but yet when we look back we see that we’ve grown and we actually do love God’s ways more. God’s master plan is to make us more like Christ. Nick said some really great and deep things and we know you will enjoy this discussion with Nick Mott on the song he has entitled, “teth: Good for me that suffering came.”

Interview 28/06/2014 – teth: Good for me that suffering came by Motty
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Lead Scripture:
1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
God gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ to overcome all of our fears and frustrations in this life, but even more so, He gives us the victory to overcome eternal death because we are raised again with Him to live with Him forever!

teth: Good for me that suffering came

Can it be from this valley dark
That a song of praise be on my lips?
When suffering comes can it be right
To praise the One who allowed this pain?

Without affliction well I know
I used to love ungodly ways
But now in love You've broken me
So I might learn to love Your ways

Good You do, because good You are
And good for me that suffering came!
Because I've become more like Christ
And learned to walk His precious ways

Delighted by Your precious word,
Teaching me the way I should live.
Had it not been for suffering
A greater sinner I would be!

Scriptures from Interview:
Proverbs 28:5
The evil do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.

Proverbs 28:13
No one who conceals transgressions will prosper, but one who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
We do not understand the justice of God which is good and holy and true until we repent of our own injustice and sins and seek His face.

Isaiah 53:5
But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.

2 Corinthians 1:3-7
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering. Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation.
It does not say that he took all our sufferings away and that we don’t still have to go through suffering.  All the followers of Jesus suffered.  Many were killed and many left with broken hearts from the ones the loved who were gone from this earth.  Still, the faithful pressed on, even under severe persecution.

Job 30:15-19
Terrors are turned upon me;
my honor is pursued as by the wind,
and my prosperity has passed away like a cloud.
And now my soul is poured out within me;
days of affliction have taken hold of me.
The night racks my bones,
and the pain that gnaws me takes no rest.
With violence he seizes my garment;
he grasps me by the collar of my tunic.
He has cast me into the mire,
and I have become like dust and ashes.

Job 12:10
In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.

Job 42:5-7
I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear,
but now my eye sees you;
therefore I despise myself,
and repent in dust and ashes.
Job’s Friends Are Humiliated
After the LORD had spoken these words to Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “My wrath is kindled against you and against your two friends; for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has."
Job knew the dark valley.  He also praised God, even in his affliction.


Anonymous said...

a blessing to listen to this

Anonymous said...

I agree. This is very much a blessing to hear.

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