The choice to focus my thoughts on Christ is very personal, and an effective way to live with purpose and meaning, within the relationship we enjoy together. I get very disheartened when friends, and family abandon their faith for some new teaching, introduced by the latest, and greatest guru. It is perfectly normal to keep our ears open, to listen and learn – but watch out if the teacher’s motivations and messages do not measure up with scripture.
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear” (2 Tim. 4:3, 2 Tim. 3:7, Eph. 4:14).
The Gospel is still the message I choose to believe in, and the person of Christ has made himself known to me in many ways throughout my life thus far. My new worship song is entitled: I Love You Jesus. The lyrics are very simple, but the message means more than meets the eye (discussed below).
You’re so good to me, Jesus (Jesus)
So good to me, Jesus (Jesus)
I give you my whole heart, mind and soul. I love you Jesus.
You’re truthful to me, Jesus (Jesus)
So truthful to me, Jesus (Jesus)
I hide your Word within, You’re life to these limbs. I love you Jesus.
I lift your name on high before all men.
Never to turn away from our covenant.
You’re faithful to me, Jesus (Jesus)
So faithful to me, Jesus (Jesus)
And I have a faithful heart, because of who YOU are. I love you Jesus. ©CindyPalin/May 2018
The first stanza “You’re so good to me Jesus” are words of honour and gratitude, acknowledgement of God’s goodness regardless of my circumstance. My choice to worship Jesus for His goodness is not based on material wealth and health, but on who He is, what He has done for me, and how He continues to grow me.
“I give you my whole heart, mind and soul” are words of obedience to Christ’s command in Matthew 22:37.
The second stanza declares “You’re truthful to me Jesus, I’ll hide your Word within, you’re life to these limbs, I love you Jesus.” Check out what Randy Alcorn writes about Jesus and the truth… He begins by quoting “Jesus is the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6), and continues to say “Jesus is the reference point for evaluating all truth claims.” http://www.jesus.org/is-jesus-god/names-of-jesus/how-is-jesus-the-truth.html
The third stanza shouts “You’re faithful to me Jesus, and I have a faithful heart because of who you are, I love you Jesus”. Our faith does not depend on us, but on God’s faithfulness to us. “So that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” (1 Cor. 2:5).
The words “I love you Jesus” are significant. Even believers can struggle saying these words, but they are not based on feelings, or whether we’ve had a faithful day or not. Again these words are a choice. The more we say them, the more we are shaped by them, and the more we reflect Him.
The chorus is a declaration of unwavering commitment.. “I lift your name on high before all men, never to turn away from our covenant.” I am tired of all the psycho-babble out there. To quote another songwriter – “Just Give me Jesus” – Jeremy Camp.
We need to speak our faith in Jesus out loud (and sing it). This is not something I do to convince myself of what my heart already knows, I do it to LIVE the TRUTH, and combat all UNTRUTH.
Song Sample to be posted shortly – Cindy Palin