I could write about a million things at this very moment. I have more things to praise Jesus about than I have heartbeats, and the reasons to marvel at Him all swirl in my mind and heart faster than the time that those heartbeats play to.
How can I sum up with words the vastness of His love that I have gotten to experience this summer? How could this keyboard hope to relate to you the immense joy that only soul language could hint at?
When I haven’t been able to stop reeling from the torrents of such grace, I don’t know what to say, I don’t have speech to offer other than that JESUS IS SO GOOD TO ME. HE IS SO GOOD TO US.
And I am so secure. I am so incredibly glad that He is one who will never cease or relent. He doesn’t grow weary of me or falter in the flow of His affection towards me. It is a constant river of affirmation, singing to me that I am beloved and that I am made whole in Christ. He has overcome it all! All sadness and fear and obstacles have been defeated, and I can walk/skip/dance my way through the wake of His victory, knowing that whatever threatens to overcome me today or may threaten to overcome me tomorrow, He has overcome it already. And I am then overcome by the freedom and the explosion of joy in my chest that follows.
These are a few of the ways God has showered me with the theme of overcoming this past month- I love how encountering each one has not been an accident, but so clearly a gift from Him:
“Whatever foes may be before the Christian, they are all overcome. There are lions, but their teeth are broken; there are serpents, but their fangs are extracted; there are rivers, but they are bridged or fordable; there are flames, but we wear that matchless garment which renders us invulnerable to fire. The sword that has been forged against us is already blunted; the instruments of war which the enemy is preparing have already lost their point. God has taken away in the person of Christ all the power that anything can have to hurt us.” – Spurgeon
“Overcome” by The Digital Age: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzC85IshwiU
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – Jesus, John 16:33
“However little we may be, if we are the Lord’s, we may rejoice that we are preserved in Christ Jesus.” – Spurgeon (…again)
High King of Heaven, my victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.
– “Be Thou My Vision”
A Passion City Church podcast from July 30th titled, “A Confident Humility”, reminding me that I am, I can and I may fear not because Jesus has said so. And, as Mumford says, “I was told by Jesus all was well / So all must be well”.
“God is so vastly wonderful, so utterly and completely delightful that He can, without anything other than Himself, meet and overflow the deepest demands of our total nature, mysterious and deep as that nature is.” – A.W. Tozer
“You will either die and go be with Him in paradise, or He will get you through it, whatever it may be.” – Pastor David Milroy, NAPC
You have seen all my sin and were still willing to do what it took to rescue me. By your mercy, I am overcome.
You have drawn me in and covered me with your righteousness. By your blood, I am overcome.
You have stayed with me at all my lowest points, and meet me right there. You meet me right here. By your faithfulness, I am overcome.
Even as I doubt, mess up, begin to fear or fail to grasp your truth, you are gentle and persistent. By your patience, I am overcome.
When I have felt unwanted and alone, you have never stopped rejoicing over me with singing. By your extravagance, I am overcome.
I can laugh in the face of all that comes my way because of the confidence I can have in you. By your might, I am overcome.
All this and more is given to a poor, broken sinner, without cost and free of charge, and expands in scope by the minute. By your love, I am overcome and my heart is thrown into blinding joy.