In an effort to practice contentment and good financial stewardship, I’ve been “shopping” my old CD collection by selecting albums that didn’t make it on my ipod (and were thus forgotten over the course of time). This week I’ve rediscovered the theologically sound Hope and Decay by Shelly Moore Band. I highly recommend Hope And Decay if you haven’t heard it already and you’re in the market for new music (although it’s actually a few years old).
I woke this morning with the lyrics of “Dirt and Dust” on my mind:
This dirt and this dust make up my being
And this path You have chosen for me long before
I knew who You were
Deficient in all the merit I had gained
You covered my soul with Your righteous bloodstain
And all this a gift I was unworthy to obtain
But You chose me anyway
Now I stand in Christ, Your Son
The worthy One
Now I can boldly approach Your throne
Confident in Him alone
Building myself up a fort of my own
I prayed my security would not be torn down
But You brought about a war for my soul
And set my feet upon truth, the only solid ground
Conqueror, You overtook me, Your enemy
Gracious Redeemer, You saved me, and set me free
They echo the theme of my Scripture reading from last night:
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
The enemy becomes the friend, the wretch the bride. An overwhelmingly joyous thought for today.