Song + Verse: 07.20.2020

This week’s Song + Verse. Your reminder to make time for Jesus today, give Him the praise He deserves and consider all He’s done. Consider listening to this song and meditating on these verses when you see this. I’ve written a snippet at the end, and I would love to hear from you guys in the comments here or DMs on Instagram (@gabrielle____r). What are your thoughts? What songs and passages have been on your mind lately? Share what God is doing. Enjoy!

Worthy – Elevation Worship
It was my cross You bore
So I could live in the freedom You died for
And now my life is Yours
And I will sing of Your goodness forevermore

Worthy is Your name, Jesus
You deserve the praise
Worthy is Your name

And now my shame is gone
I stand amazed in Your love undeniable
Your grace goes on and on
And I will sing of Your goodness forevermore

Worthy is Your name, Jesus
You deserve the praise
Worthy is Your name

Be exalted now in the heavens
As Your glory fills this place
You alone deserve our praise
You’re the name above all names

Worthy is Your name, Jesus
You deserve the praise
Worthy is Your name

Psalm 31:21-24
Blessed be the Lord,
For He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city!
For I said in my haste,
“I am cut off from before Your eyes”;
Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications
When I cried out to You.

Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints!
For the Lord preserves the faithful,
And fully repays the proud person.
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord.

Ephesians 2:1-10
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Even when we cry out, “Why have you forsaken me? I am cut from before your eyes!”, even when we reject His mercy and lovingkindness, even when we blame Him, God loves us. He loved us even when we were dead in our trespasses. So much that He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to die for us so there would be a way for us to live out our eternity with Him even now. If that doesn’t make you want to jump up and shout for joy, I’m not sure you understand the weight of Jesus’ sacrifice and what we were saved from. Not only did Jesus save us from eternal separation from God, He experienced (temporary) separation from God Himself (Mark 15:33-34). His Father, His own Spirit, turned away from Him. I cannot imagine the agony of such a thing, even less than I can imagine the physical pain of every act of torture Christ endured. While I would say most of us probably know the hopelessness of turning from God ourselves, God never turns from us. Experiencing it the other way around would be worse than anything imaginable. Because of Christ’s sacrifice we have been given a way out of that, a way to not only gaze upon the Father but be transformed into His image now (2 Cor. 3:17-18). Jesus is so worthy of our praise.

If you have never taken the time to consider how great a sacrifice Jesus endured for us, take the time to now. Get out a notebook, type it out on your phone, speak it out loud. Consider all that Christ endured so you could live in the freedom of the Spirit and begin your eternal communion with God. Then listen to this song and declare the truth about how worthy Jesus is of our praise.

Thank you for reading! I hope you spend today, this week, and the rest of your lives in awe of how beautiful Jesus is and how different your life would be without Him. If you find yourself struggling to recognize the goodness of Christ, how much He loves you, and how worthy He is of praise, talk to a fellow believer, open up your Bible, pray that God would reveal to you more and more about His character and what has been sacrificed for you because you are loved and have been given the purpose to glorify God’s name. Abide in Him. May He bless you and keep you. Have a wonderful week!

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