Psalm 97:1, 9-12
1 The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad;
let the distant shores rejoice.
9 For you, Lord, are the Most High over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.
10 Let those who love the Lord hate evil,
for he guards the lives of his faithful ones
and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light shines[a] on the righteous
and joy on the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous,
and praise his holy name.
It was a beautiful day, but I was exhausted. The alarm clock resounded loudly with music from a Christian radio station, and hesitatingly, I decided to listen. This would be the day of my salvation in July 1988. The feeling of being able to know the God of this universe personally has been unparalleled to any other emotion ever experienced in this world. Instantaneously, I threw out all my secular music and determined that I wanted to be wholly His.
Now 26 years later, I am still His and amazed at all He has brought me through. And yet I see within myself and so many a natural tendency to grow lukewarm. The Christian culture beckons to distract us from the simple beauty of a genuine faith. Cliques can be found in our churches, and we can forget the mission we have been called to and what we have been saved from.
But quietly the Holy Spirit whispers the secret to staying on mission – found in remembering our initial moment of salvation. Desperate and condemned in our sins, when our eyes were opened, we saw our need for a Savior AND a Lord. We could not just ask for salvation without recognizing Him as our Lord. Every knee will bow, and yet what does that Lordship mean in our lives?
Lordship – it is a refreshing peace at knowing He has all of our circumstances in His hands. His promises are for those who love Him and are obedient to Him. Who wouldn’t want those promises? Surrendering our will to His reign requires a death to self, and few are willing to suffer that death – yet on the other side of that death is abundant life!
So today, wherever you are in your decision whether to accept Christ or not, or perhaps years in your walk with Him, but needing a gentle stirring in your heart, I want to share a song I wrote in 2006 called, “Reign in Me”. You can download it for free at: http://www.indieheaven.com/artists/seeingdeep. Just click Redeem on my page and type in this code: ReigninMeDenisePass
God bless and let Him reign in you today – He can accomplish amazing things through you!