It seemed a month of Sunday’s since I sat in the familiar seat at my church. Wait! It HAD been a month. Time moves faster than I realize sometimes. Back and forth on road trips over the last few months, it was good to find myself standing in worship with my husband at my side.
I stood to my feet – the music began and the lights dimmed. As I stood raising my voice in praise at my church recently the lyrics pierced my mind first, then moved to my heart.
The lyrics dug deep into my soul.
My heart will sing no other name. Jesus. Jesus.
I thought of just how often my heart sings the name of other things rather than the name of Jesus. The realization…tangible. My heart often sings the name of:
- Approval of others
I want my heart to sing no other name than the name of Jesus.
The truth is – I fail miserably at times. But the failure itself brings me back to a humble broken heart before God. I think it brings Him joy for me to acknowledge my sin, arrogance and independence from Him. Somehow, in my mind, it is more important not to go there at all – to the place of sin, arrogance and independence – than it is to recognize my sin and call it what it is.
He is faithful and just to forgive.
The forgiveness brings depth of healing to my soul. It comes in a moment. It costs me nothing but my pride. The thing I must lay aside if I want to enter into the joy and peace that comes in that moment of forgiveness.
I wonder…can you relate? I bet like me, maybe you have experienced this reality in your life. I would love to hear about it.
Will you consider, with me, the great value in:
- recognizing our flesh
- seeking forgiveness
- accepting the outpouring of redemption in the moment
May be just as valuable as getting it right the first time.
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Oh Lord my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14) ESV
Take a minute to listen to the beautiful lyrics that stopped me dead in my tracks.