The lyrics to this song are so simple yet, so powerful. Just like God’s love for us. It’s unconditional, faithful, and everlasting. More than I could ever ask for and deserve.
When I dedicated my life to Christ in 2013, I didn’t quite understand how powerful God’s love is. I was certain that being a Christian and living for God was going to be filled with goodness from that point forward.
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
I had no idea that the journey with Him alongside me, would bring me to face some darker seasons of my past through studying, sermons, and worship music. I carry weight from being misunderstood and hurt as a child, making bad decisions as a young adult, from just being human and acting on my flesh.
One day during worship at church, I found myself on my knees singing this song. God said, “Forgive him.”
I had considered myself healed from being molested by a family member when I was three years old. When I received this command from God, I didn’t realize what exactly He had in store. I was seven when I finally confessed what had happened to my mom. Perhaps being in the middle of a custody battle and divorce triggered her response of disbelief and denial at that time. Though we continued to have a pretty good relationship, there was a stronghold I was unaware of.
I called my mom that same week, telling her I needed to contact him and tell him I forgave him; God forgives him. I wasn’t prepared for what was going to happen next. My mom asked, “For what?” Somehow, she hadn’t processed what I had told her when I was seven. But, our God is a God of second chances, and He gave me a chance to get the comfort from my mom I sought as a child. This time, she understood and believed me.
Dedicating my life to Christ didn’t just mean a clean slate; it meant visiting the darkest parts of my past. God wanted to show me that He was there the whole time, cover me with grace to make it right (Deuteronomy 30:16), and receive complete healing through Him.
“You give life, You are love
You bring light to the darkness
You give hope, You restore
Every heart that is broken
Great are You, Lord…”
Isn’t He? Only our Lord could restore 28 years of a strained relationship with my mom, cover me with His love, forgive me for keeping a secret and holding a grudge, fill me up with courage, and allow the Holy Spirit to speak through me in one of the most difficult conversations in my life. Our God is so great and limitless with our obedience and worship.
“It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise
We pour out our praise
It’s Your breath in our lungs
So we pour out our praise to You only.”
I love this song because it reminds me that we can do anything (Philippians 4:15). We have the Lord’s Favor and we are courageous. How can we not give Him praise and glory for our daily manna, giving us purpose, and being the breath in our lungs? I am so grateful!
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“All the earth will shout
Our hearts will cry
These bones will sing
Great are You, Lord!”
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