Tuesday, January 24, 2006

when fears are stilled

"In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light my strength my song
This Cornerstone, this Solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled when strivings cease!
My Comforter my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand
In Christ alone! - who took on flesh

Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This Gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied -
For every sin on Him was laid:
Here in the death of Christ I live
There in the ground His body lay

Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
No guilt in life no fear in death

This is the power of Christ in me
From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till he returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand!"
(Keith Getty & Stuart Townend 2001 Kingsway's Thankyou Music)

I've learned something about myself over the years regarding times of wonder and real or potential suffering. Those are the times in which the Lord most speaks to me through song. They are the moments in which I am incapable of forming the "right" words in prayer, so I'm often drawn to song even more than usual. This is just one of those. I've written a new song in the midst of it all, and been drawn to certain songs in a new way. Though I may suffer and walk through a season of uncertainty, Christ is victorious. In He alone my hope is found...and although there are moments when that is so difficult to claim, I wholeheartedly know it to be true.

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