Reflections on Sunday Night Worship and Related Revelations, Part 6

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This is it. The last post in this series. I’m honestly rather melancholy about ending this group of posts. Reflecting on these songs has been good for me. It’s been a blessing to travel through this with you. When I started the 1st of these 6 posts, i had no idea what I would be writing about. In one sense, I did. I knew that I would be reflecting on 6 or 7 songs and their impact on me. I had organized the songs into an order that seemed to flow. Then I wrote. I had no idea that I would end up with 6 posts about the Gospel. It’s funny, see, because the guy who, albeit unknowingly, sparked this series is the same one who is always encouraging us to preach the Gospel to ourselves. Over and over again, he looks out at his peers, his friends, his brothers and sisters, and he says, “Guys, we have to preach the Gospel to ourselves every, single day.” He speaks with an urgency that I didn’t completely understand… but I think I get it a little better now. And looking back, I’m glad to see a written record–though incomplete and imperfect–of the Gospel in my words. What a blessing it is to preach the Gospel to myself and post it here for you too. I am by no means a Matthew or Luke, but I believe the Gospel. It’s important to me that I know what I believe. It’s important that I can articulate God’s goodness this way. So, to that friend who inspired this, thank you. You have helped me grow and learn and love more. God has used you to remind me of the Gospel, of Truth. Now, onto the final song.

“The Glory of It All”

Looking back on the Gospel story that I’ve been writing on, I can’t think of a better song to finish this with. It’s a good summary of the Gospel. I particularly love the chorus, though the whole song is simple and true. Here’s the chorus for you to read.

Oh the glory of it all is:
He came here
For the rescue of us all
That we may live
For the glory of it all.

What a good God we serve! I know I’ve talked a lot about worship in these past few posts, but I don’t know what other response I can have. What glory is there in the Cross? What glory is there in being called a drunkard, a friend of prostitutes, an associate of the lepers? What glory is there in being accused of blaspheming God by the spiritual leaders of the day? There is no glory in those things. Yet our Lord and Savior gloried in all of this because the glory belongs to His Father. He knew that His Father’s plans were best, and though He struggled in the Garden of Gethsemane, He chose to remain in His Father’s plans, to pursue His Father’s glory. And when He humbled Himself, suffered unimaginably, and died horrifically, the King of kings was buried so that He might rise from the dead in glory three days later. And He did. God raised Jesus up and, Paul writes, “gave Him the name that is above every name” (Philippians 2). Jesus came to us–lived, died, and rose again–that we might be reconciled to His Father and that we might live for the glory of our Creator.

It’s a new day.
Everything will change.
We will never be the same….
For the glory of it all
Is You are here
For the rescue of us all
That we may live.

Christ died so that we could be made new. He paved the way for everything to change so that we will never be the same. After revisiting the Gospel so frequently when writing these posts, that is my hope for each of us–that we will never be the same. Once we’ve encountered Jesus, how can we bear to turn away from so great a gift? May we never be the same. Dios te bendiga.

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