Last weekend at church we sang a song called We Exalt Thee. It is a wonderful, older song, and many different artists have performed it throughout the years. As I was singing and exalting The Lord, I was thanking Him for what He has done in my life. Then He took my memories back to when I first became a Christian. I remembered being at a meeting singing that very same song. When we came to the chorus- “I Exalt Thee”- I sang what I thought was the refrain; “I Am Sorry. I Am Sorry. I Am Sorry. Oh Lord!!!”, over and over again. Tears streamed down my face as the shame of my past and the focus on my failings prevented me from hearing the true lyrics of the song.
I didn’t yet fully realize what Jesus had done when He chose to die for me on The Cross. I did not know that as He received the lashes on His body, He brought healing to my life. I didn’t know that when they pressed the crown of thorns into His head, every unkind word of judgment against me would be rendered powerless when I brought them before Him. As He suffered on The Cross, even feeling abandoned by His Own Father, He bore the weight of my every sin. I didn’t fully understand that when He conquered death and rose again, He bought eternal life for me. I now realize that as He looked at me standing there weeping, He saw me as whole and forgiven because of His suffering on The Cross.
This coming Sunday we will celebrate Easter. What a wonderful time to begin your new life. Jesus will walk with you daily teaching you, that you might understand His Great Love. He will lift you out of your shame and fill you with joy, as you sing your praises to Him.
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