I can’t help but sing the words to a song I learned way back in the 70′s at FCA meetings (Fellowship of Christian Athletes — I wasn’t an athlete, but that’s where all the cute guys spent their Thursday nights…so…)
I think the words express well the movement from a theistic mindset to a personal relationship in One who cares about every aspect of our lives.
In the stars His handiwork I see.
On the wind He speaks with majesty.
Though He rules over land and sea,
What is that to me?
Til by faith I met Him face to face,
Then I felt the wonder of His grace,
And I knew that He was more
Than just a God who didn’t care,
Who lived a way up there and –
Now He walks beside me every day,
Ever watching o’er me lest I stray,
Helping me to find that narrow way,
He’s everything to me!
Just imagine those words set to a 60′s style ballad and a bunch of teenagers standing around holding hands…whew! That was the definition of cool at my high school. Quarterback, tight-end, cheerleaders, tennis players, golf team and me, the little choir girl, all standing around…singing.
But I do love the words. Still.
Until I met Him face to face and felt the wonder of His grace, what was it to me that He was the Creator who rules over all?
Is my sin vile and hideous? Yes. And so is yours. Sin is just that: rebellion against our Holy Creator God. And that is hideous. Human? Yes, it is the state of humanity after the Fall. But it’s not the relationship we were created to have. It is separation from God. So, if I want my humanity restored to a place of fellowship with Him, as was in the Garden, then I will come to Him in faith, recognizing the need for cleansing, and repenting of all my unsightly rebellion.
He is holy.
He is God Most High.
He is worthy of my praise.
He made a way for us to have fellowship with Him. (John 14:6) He sent His Son to take care of all the sin in this world. (Matt. 1:21-22) We are living in “The Year of the Lord’s Favor” — a time when grace has been poured out for all who will come to Him, through His Son, Jesus Christ. (Luke 4:16-19)
I love spending time in His creation and do feel an amazing connection with Him there. I spend much of my time in my backyard garden singing praises to Him for the beauty which surrounds me. I fellowship with Him there. As I sing praises and revel in His love for me…I am moved to repentance of those things which separate me from His holiness. I desire to move closer and closer to Him…to know more of Him. And as I repent, He cleanses me (my feet, for my whole body has already been washed in the blood of the Lamb) and I move closer into fellowship.
Sometimes I get so excited for that day when this mortal will put on immortality and I will no longer live in corrupted flesh, but will be made incorruptible. In a moment. In the twinkling of an eye. (1 Cor. 15) For when I am in the body I am away from the Lord, but when this body is gone, I will be forever in His presence…in holiness. No longer corrupted, but perfect in His sight.
What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand
And leads me to the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.