Sunday, July 14, 2013

Inadvertent Lyric Rewrite and Proving It

There's this old worship song we used to sing years ago that just popped into my head again this week for seemingly no reason.  I couldn't find it on YouTube (probably because there are a million Christian songs with the words "trust" and "obey" in the title!), so I'll just share the lyrics:

I will trust, I will obey.
I will follow where You lead, come what may.
I will die to myself, and Your Cross I will take.
I will trust You, Lord. I will trust You.

You alone are worthy of my offering.
You alone are worthy of my praise.
You alone are holy, You are all I need.
So find in me a faithful heart I pray.

But as the song was in the process of coming back to me, I had the wrong words stuck in my head - and I knew they were wrong, yet...they fit.  Here's how my mind rewrote the second stanza:

You alone are worthy of my suffering.
You alone are worthy of my pain.
You alone are holy, You are all I need.
So find in me a faithful heart I pray.

I realized that those words are just as appropriate!  Think about it on two different levels:

One - We should put far more effort into our walks with Christ than we put into anything else in our lives - career, education, family, etc.  And that process is going to involve some pain and suffering as we grow, laying aside our sinful inclinations and our "rights" and dreams we have that don't correspond with His will for our lives...  But He, and He alone, is worth it.

Two - Persecution.  Yes, some people endure torture and slaughter to protect their families or gain liberty - but Christ is even more deserving than those noble causes.  It's very sobering to sing that and realize that you're telling God, "Okay, if it's Your will ... go ahead and send persecution my way.  Your will be done."

Totally switching gears here, let's glance for a minute at one of the oft-quoted verses of the New Testament, Romans 12:2:

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Time and time again when someone has brought up this verse, the focus has been on keeping ourselves "clean" and distinct - for the purpose of benefitting ourselves by being "moral" and "righteous."  But what about that short little word PROVE?  I think the whole point of this verse is to stand out in holiness not for our own sakes, but for the world's sake - so that when they see our willingness to forego earthly pleasures, and how joyful we are because of it, that will prove to them that such a lifestyle is the will of God.

So, this week, I encourage you to aim for godly living, specifically with proving God's will to the world in mind.

Have you ever accidentally changed a song's lyrics before, then realized they were more fitting?  Have any fresh elements of often-used verses jumped out to you lately?

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