Life is a raging sea,
waves rolling and crashing,
on the side of this vessel,
Currents fighting to pull,
to pull in their direction,
a direction I need not go.
I need protection.
So I sink my anchor,
sinking it deep.
Sinking it deep into Jesus,
for my soul He will keep,
safe from the violent waves,
waves rolling and crashing.
He’ll keep my soul,
as those waves keep smashing.
Protecting me from the currents.
Through Him I resist their direction.
In Him I find rest.
He is my protection.
Are you thankful for grace?
Have you called on His name?
Has He filled you with a love,
that overflows for His fame?
If you have not,
I bid you gaze at the Son
Pondering all the wonders He’s done.
Meditating on stories the Bible’s told
about how He’s worked in lives of the saints of old.
For if you gaze at the Son He will ransom your life
Ransoming your life from the prince of strife.
Unending thanks is due the Father above,
for the grace which He has given
in sending His Spirit that Holy Dove
to call us to redemption.
Yes, He calls us to a holy love,
by fixing our eyes on heaven.
Overcoming the flesh that causes strife,
against this Spirit who bears new life.
For when first we are born
we are born to sin.
And, in this state we deserve God’s scorn.
Yet through the Spirit, we are born again,
transformed to a life that has new form.
A life that seeks to solely please Him,
with eyes fixed on eternity,
an eternity spent in His majesty.
Goodbye old flesh we must bid you adieu.
For the joy you offer simply doesn’t compare,
to the completeness that is to be found in the King.
And with you old flesh He’s not willing to share,
our allegiance. So again, we must say to you farewell.
That to Him our lives we are able to bare.
“When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, ‘Are you for us, or for our adversaries?’ And he said, ‘No; but I am the commander of the army of the Lord. Now I have come.’ And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, ‘What does my lord say to his servant?‘ And the commander of the Lord’s army said to Joshua, ‘Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.’ And Joshua did so.” – Joshua 5:13-15 (ESV)
I have been particularly drawn to this passage over the past several weeks. I’ve been drawn to it for aside from being a cool story, it reveals a very serious theological implication that is often overlooked. It reveals the point that we mustn’t ask God to be on our team, we must ask to be on His. He is the Lord Almighty! Oh that we might grasp that fact and humble ourselves before Him. You see, He has His own story, a story that is far grander than any of ours could ever be. In fact, His is a story that has been unfolding since the dawn of creation. Let us seek to be part of His story, not to try to make Him part of our own. Let us seek to glorify His name in everything that we do and with every breath that we take. Because, in the end one must be on one side or the other. Which side are you on, His side or your own?