Thank God He Doesn’t Rely on Me!

One of my favorite attributes of God, my God – the Christian God, the Father of Jesus and Creator of the entire Universe, is that He’s sovereign. When I was new to the faith, shortly after Jesus had succeeded in wooing me, I would hear this term and really didn’t know what it meant. When used as an adjective (to describe someone or some thing), the term SOVEREIGN means:

2sov·er·eign

adjective \ˈsä-v(ə-)rən, -vərn also ˈsə-\

: having unlimited power or authority

: not limited

: having independent authority and the right to govern itself

My God has UNLIMITED power AND authority. I am so happy that He is NOT LIMITED. I love that NOTHING affects His power and authority. NOTHING! No matter what I do, no matter what you do, no matter what happens, HIS power is still the same. And because He is good, and only good, that means NOTHING will affect HIS goodness. And because HE loves us, nothing we can do will EVER change HIS love for us! Nothing. He is immutable (unchanging).

I cannot affect God. I can do nothing to change who He is, ever. The attributes that He possesses are His and will remain the same forever and ever, amen! His goodness, His love, His righteousness, His holiness, His mercy, His grace, HE IS UNCHANGING. I am so glad that none of Him relies on me.

I am human and I screw up. If God took away His love for me every time I screwed up, where would I be? Where would God be? He’d be human, wouldn’t He? I can never bring Him down to my level because then He would cease to be God. And if He’s not God, than who am I? I am who I am because He made me perfectly. To take away anything from Him would take away my purpose and my meaning. I only have purpose because God created me to have purpose. He created YOU to have purpose too.

Do you know the purpose of/in your life? Do you feel like you’re just wandering around aimlessly, trying to figure out why you’re here, on Earth? Even if you’re unaware of your purpose; even if you’ve denied God and His existence in your life, in the world; He still loves you with an everlasting love. That love will never cease, it will never lessen or diminish, it will never be less than the day He created you and the day He close His Son to die for you. There is NOTHING you can do to change His love for you. So you might as well embrace it, eh? It’s not going anywhere.

Doesn’t a God like that deserve our praise? Don’t you think He deserves our worship? The fact that “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor 5:21)” is the best reason to worship anyone, ever. Because yet while we were sinners, Jesus died for us (Romans 5:8), the  ultimate sacrifice, He deserves our praise. Because when we denied Him, and refused Him, and yelled and spat at Him, He still loved us enough to become our sin and nail it to the cross, He deserves our everything. It’s the least we can do; it’s all we can do.

We can’t obey ourselves into relationship with Him. We simply seek Him, and He will draw near to us (James 4:8). We were created for relationship with God, not because He needs us, but because life is NOTHING apart from Him. God is God regardless of us, regardless of me. He needs nothing from me to continue to be God, and He needs nothing from you to continue to be God. And for that I am extremely thankful. I cannot mess this up, EVER! And neither can you.

Once we enter into relationship with Jesus, NOTHING can pluck us from His hand. That is a forever relationship that will only end if we deny it’s very existence. And even that denial would not, will not, stop the love God has for you. You are loved whether you want to be or not. You are loved whether you believe you are or not. You are eternally loved, by the Perfect One who called you into existence. Life is so much more abundant when you walk like that’s true.

Blessings, Crystal

Come thou fount…

While singing a familiar song in church this weekend, God chose to speak to me personally regarding a specific lyric I’ve belted out hundreds of times before. Many Christians, and non-Christians alike, are familiar with the popular song “Come Thou Fount”. The opening verse is this:

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace
Streams of mercy, never-ceasing
Call for songs of loudest praise
Teach me some melodious sonnet
Sung by flaming tongues above
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it
Mount of Thy unchanging love.

The words above strike a chord in my heart like nothing else can. I hear the familiar drum beat (our church performs the King’s Kaleidoscope version) and my heart skips a beat. Singing to the Savior of my soul, the Healer of my wounds, the Redeemer of my life, is one of my most beloved things to do. And this particular tune is a personal favorite. But this Saturday night during worship, God struck me when I sang the fifth line: Teach me some melodious sonnet. When walking with Jesus, He is constantly teaching us a song to sing to Him, is He not? What’s my song about right now?

The first four lines are speaking about God’s blessing, His grace, His mercy, and praising Him for all that. The fifth line, the singer (me) is asking God to teach her a song. She’s saying “Continue to teach me of Your blessings, grace, and mercy.” In other words, never stop blessing me, having grace for me, and showing me Your mercy. All of those treats make up the song in my heart for my God. And His word tells me that those things will never stop, which means I should never stop singing of them!

It all ends with God’s “unchanging love”. Isn’t that what it’s all about? He loves us so much that He blesses us. He loves us so much that He has never-ending grace for us. He loves us so much that His mercy will never run dry for those who love Him. And if all of that is true, how can I ever stop singing the song He’s written on my heart?

Each of our songs will be personal, based on the specific blessings, grace, and mercy God has for us. He is so very personal that we’d be silly to believe He’d give us all the same song. Some songs will be joyful and loud, others will be slower and somber, but all will profess His blessings, grace, and mercy.

Do you know what “melodious sonnet” God’s written on your heart? If not, try to remember who you were before He invited you to walk with Him. That’s always a good starting place for me. His love for us is never-ending and unchanging, so should our praise to Him be.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, and all of this sounds like gibberish to you, it’s quite possible I just didn’t articulate my heart very clearly. But it could also be likely that you’re reading this and haven’t yet “tasted and seen that the Lord is good”. If this is the case, and you want to know Jesus in the way I write about knowing Him, please comment or contact me privately. I would love to help you get the know the Man who’s stolen my heart, because He wants to steal your heart too.

Here’s that video of the song above, in case you need a little filling up:

Much love and blessings,
Crystal