…the heart

It is not February 23, though it does look like it outside. I’m glad I didn’t realize I was reading the wrong devotional. This is what I read this morning:

“The gospel gap doesn’t stay empty. If we do not live with a gospel-shaped, Christ-confident, and change-committed Christianity, that hole will get filled with other things… Whenever we are missing the message of Christ’s indwelling work to progressively transform us, the hole will be filled by a Christian lifestyle that focuses more on externals than the heart.”

Written by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp quoted from Heart of the Matter, a great devotional book. Find it on page 54 if you have it.

Be Unto Your Name

Why do I love this song? It speaks of God and who He is. Far too often we make the gospel all about us. We are a moment, He is eternal.

We are a moment, You are forever
Lord of the Ages, God before time
We are a vapor, You are eternal
Love everlasting, reigning on high

Holy, holy, Lord God Almighty
Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain
Highest praises, honor and glory
Be unto Your name, be unto Your name

We are the broken, You are the healer
Jesus, Redeemer, Mighty to save
You are the love song we’ll sing forever
Bowing before You, blessing Your name

“Be Unto Your Name” by Gary Sadler and Lynn DeShazo (c) 1998
Integrity’s Hosanna! Music All rights reserved. Used by permission.

I will glory

So I was pretty grumpy yesterday. Maybe it’s because I’m tired. Maybe because I’m still sick. Maybe because there’s no one besides my family, who knows I’m not good, to act good for. Well finally everyone except my little Josiah was outside so I could clean up the floors. As I was working a song, that my boys have been choosing most mornings since Easter, popped into my head. My focus slowly dropped off myself. The gospel isn’t about me, it’s about a savior who knew no sin. A savior that gloriously worked out his plan from the beginning to share himself with us. A savior that conquered sin and death. My sin felt pretty yucky after thinking about this holy Judge. However, I’m not hopeless and I didn’t remain grumpy and self-centered that day, o.k. I grumped a few times, but I kept short accounts.

I will glory in my Redeemer
by Steve and Vicki Cook

“I will glory in my Redeemer
Whose priceless blood has ransomed me
Mine was the sin that drove the bitter nails
And hung Him on that judgment tree
I will glory in my Redeemer
Who crushed the power of sin and death
My only Savior before the holy Judge
The Lamb who is my righteousness
The Lamb who is my righteousness”

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