I am on break during a conference I am attending at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. The conference is titled “How to Read the Bible for all its Worth”. I will share more about the conference later but right now I want to share an amazing worship experience I had this morning.
We were invited to take a few minutes out of corporate worship for personal prayer. As I began to pray I offered up prayers of confession, seeking the forgiveness of God for failing to do what I know I should do and forgiveness for doing those things which I know I should avoid. In that moment of quiet I felt a frustration, how many times have I prayed these prayers, how many times have I confessed the sin that is a part of my life and yet I continue to struggle, continue to fall. Part of my prayer was, “Lord, I am tired and weary of needing to come before you to confess sin…how weary you must be of hearing my confessions.” As I sat there in the filled chapel, alone with God the music began to play and we entered into corporate worship again…this is the first song we sang…
Newsboys, “You Are My King”
I’m forgiven because You were forsaken
I’m accepted, You were condemned
I’m alive and well, Your Spirit is within me
Because You died and rose again
Amazing love, how can it be
That You, my King, should die for me?
Amazing love, I know it’s true
It’s my joy to honor You
In all I do, to honor You
I was weeping inside as I heard God’s reply to my prayer of confession…we went on to sing that great hymn by Horatio G. Spafford “It is Well with My Soul”. When we got to verse three God was once again speaking out to me…
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
“Thank you God for meeting me where I was, for lifting me up, for reminding me once again of your amazing love for your creation and of your love for me. I’m forgiven, I’m accepted, I’m alive and well, Your Spirit is within me because of your Amazing love…It’s my joy to serve and honor You In all I do.”
May God find me faithful…