Monday, September 24

in Christ alone.

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. til 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! til He returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ i'll stand!

this has become my favorite hymn.  i know the signs to like half of it from signing it freshman year.  this weekend i went on a fall retreat with cru.  saturday night during worship we sang this song, and then we were supposed to transition to a barn dance.  it didn't feel right to sing that song with such passion then just go off and do some linedancing. so we sang it again, and then another song.  it still was sad to leave worship to go dance.  as fun as dancing is, my heart longed to keep singing for hours.  this song is really what i need to hear right now i feel like.  if i tried to highlight everything i love about it, i'd just be typing it again.  the parts i super love at the moment are bolded or italicized or underlined...  and something about shout-singing that line about Him bursting from the grave and standing in victory and that sin's curse no longer grips us, just thinking about it sends shivers down my spine.  this song speaks of the Gospel, the hope of our future, the assurance we have.  in this time of dreams and worries, Jesus commands my destiny and nothing can ever pluck me from His hand.  just as it says in Romans 8:38.  i am His, He is mine.  Song of Solomon 6:3.  in Christ alone my hope and life is found. nothing else. nothing. 

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