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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

In Christ Alone

Psalm 29:2
Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.

I am sitting here at Panera studying and I was listening to the music on my side bar and came to In Christ Alone, by Travis Cottrell. Go listen to it if you have time. If that song does not move you to worship you must go immediately and check your pulse to make sure your heart is still beating. :) I seriously thought I was about to bust out in praise and be like David when he said he would get even more undignified than this!

I was studying this morning about my security in the Lord and how much foolishness comes out of our insecurities. I could sit here and give you a huge list over things that we do out of pure insecurity but I am sure that you have your own. I have battled insecurity ever since I can remember. I think a lot of it has to do with my childhood but nevertheless I battle with it. I have to literally go to the Lord daily over it. What would our lives be like if we came to God daily and got our worth from Him and not this world? What kind of falls would we avoid? How much damage have we done in our own lives by the feelings that come from insecurity?

I was on the phone with my mother-in-law (she is more like a mom to me) and I was telling her how I don't want to just praise God when things are good. I don't want my security to be wrapped in what God gives but in who He is...in Christ alone. Everything is temporal here and will not last. I want my foundation to be rooted in Him and not things. It is so easy to just praise Him in the good times...instead of the idea of this verse in Psalm 34:1
I will extol the LORD at alltimes; his praise will always be on my lips. When I learned of losing my first born and I laid in the dark on the hospital bed those words came from my mouth immediately. I said Lord, I will extol You at all times, Your praise will always be on my lips. Not because it was easy, and not that I wasn't ever angry or hurting...but because I know that my Redeemer lives (Job 19:24-26) and that He is good and that nothing will separate me from the love of Christ (Romans 8). I tell you this is a total work of the Spirit for me to be able to say that.

It really is true that in losing our lives for His sake, we will find them. Instead we buy the lie that says "you have to find yourself" and in doing that we become even more insecure and miserable. Our lives are to be living sacrifices...offering ourselves to the Lord. Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.


Psalm 95:6

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;

8 comments:

Stephanie (Ocean Mommy) said...

It's a daily battle, well sometimes a minute by minute battle to choose to praise our Lord. But I think that He blesses over and over when we bring a sacrifice of praise in those tough seasons.

I love this post sweet girl!!

blessings
steph.

Fran said...

"What would our lives be like if we came to God daily and got our worth from Him and not this world? What kind of falls would we avoid?"

This hit me Jenny. I thank you for including these words in this topic of "In Christ Alone." You are so dear. May we praise Him always. Even in those falls.

Love,
Fran

SnappyCasualGifts said...

LOVE the playlist. I don't know how to do one of those. I listen to KLOVE but don't know most of the artist. You have several I like on your list.

Little Steps Of Faith said...

Tag...your it...come see:)

Little Steps Of Faith said...

YOU BROUGHT TEARS GIRL:)

twinkle said...

God is NOT a genie in a bottle to grant us all our wishes. But He definitely gives us all our needs. Your post brought tears to my eyes when I read about your praise for Him after the loss of your baby. We will never know all the "whys" but we can trust Him to be worthy of our worship and our trust. Even when we are in the valley. What joy it must be to Him when we look at Him with tears in our eyes and our hearts heavy and STILL say "You are all I need."

SnappyCasualGifts said...

your directions made sense to me. I will have to work on a list over the holidays. Thanks so much. I hope you have a good week.

Alissa said...

Hey Jenny,

I am asking you to please do a "Jenny Williams" prayer "on the floor" session for me. I have had a possible opportunity (a dream of mine) come up and I may have some decisions to make and I am going to need very clear answers about direction, direction, and direction. Thanks girl!