About those old hymns

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I love all types of worship music and can worship God in just about any style, but I am especially fond of certain old hymns…except when I realize they’re taking me backward, not forward in my relationship with the Father.  Yesterday morning I had to stop in the middle of one because I had a revelation.  The hymn is Jesus, Lover of My Soul and here’s the stanza:

Thou, O Christ, art all I want,
More than all in Thee I find;
Raise the fallen, cheer the faint,
Heal the sick, and lead the blind.
Just and holy is Thy Name,
I am all unrighteousness;
False and full of sin I am,
Thou art full of truth and grace.

When I got to the fifth line, I stopped.  For years I have been told what a worm I am and that that’s biblical humility.  Well I have news for you: it’s not.  If you’ve been washed by the blood of Jesus, He sees you as redeemed and robed in His righteousness, justified by His grace.  Do I still sin?  Yes, but I am not “full of sin” and am not sin focused, I am righteousness focused.  The old man is dead and buried, and I am a new creation!  Jesus paid a high price for that wonderful truth and the freedom it brings, and I refuse to go back into bondage!

Why make such a big deal over a couple of lines in a hymn?  Because it is a big deal, much bigger than most Christians realize.  The tongue has a power of life and death.  And remember, you will have what you say in 2013.  I was all those things, but now I’m not, so to sing I am is conjure up that old man.  Satan knows that if he can keep God’s children from walking in their true identities that he’s won half the battle (probably more than half actually).  Like bobble-headed baby robins many of God’s blood-bought children keep opening their mouths wide and swallowing the worms they’re fed.  That is, until they wake up and realize they’re not robins but eagles and that they’re hungry for the strong meat of the word!  You’ll never soar on a diet of worms!

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