Friday, February 02, 2007

In my heart I find a need

My Savior, My God

The lyrics of this song are so powerful to me. I've heard this song for quite a while now on the radio and at church but my heart never really took in the words until just a couple of weeks ago. When I started researching this song in order to write about it I was surprised to discover that it is a 134-year-old hymn written by Dorothy Greenwell! What a testament to the longevity of a well-written song with powerful words.

I was going to emphasize certain lines that were especially meaningful to me but as a professor in Bible college told us, "You can't highlight everything in the book/Bible/whatever because that would be like highlighting nothing." So I guess I'll have to pick what impacted me the most. It would have to be the very first sentence.

It's such a freeing thing to realize in my heart that I truly do not have to understand what God has planned. It's enough to know that Jesus is my Savior and that He is working tirelessly for my well-being. How can I not trust that kind of overpowering love? Why would I worry about temporal details in the light of such sacrifice and sovereignty? This song is such a great reminder of God's ultimate control and how I can rest in that. I need lots of reminding!

You can see this song performed by Aaron Shust by clicking on the video in my left sidebar.

Aaron Shust's version:

I am not skilled to understand
What God has willed, what God has planned
I only know at His right hand
Stands one who is my Savior


I take Him at his word and deed
Christ died to save me this I read
And in my heart I find a need
For Him to be my Savior

That He would leave His place on high
And come for sinful man to die
You count it strange, so once did I
Before I knew my Savior

My Savior loves, my Savior lives
My Savior's always there for me
My God He was, my God He is
My God is always gonna be

Yes, living, dying; let me bring
My strength, my solace from this spring
That He who lives to be my King
Once died to be my Savior

That He would leave His place on high
And come for sinful man to die
You count it strange, so once did I
Before I knew my Savior

My Savior loves, my Savior lives
My Savior's always there for me
My God He was, My God He is
My God is always gonna be

5 comments:

Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

great post cindee!

Roberta said...

This song ministers greatly to me as well. I did not know it was a hymn, thanks for sharing that and printing the words out.

Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

That is very very true! I love that song. Thanks for sharing

Why 2nd Cup of Coffee? said...

I am loving Aaron Schust's music, although I think I just misspelled his name. My favorite line from this hymn, for some reason, is "you count it strange so once did I." I don't know what it is about that phrase that moves me so much, except remembering that there is a moment when the Gospel takes hold in her your spirit, and you start to fathom what this odd turn of events meant for humanity and for yourself. Just thinking about it moves me right in this moment. thanks for sharing.

Melanie said...

I have always love this song, but it wasn't until today that I read the words and really thought about what it was I have been singing! Thanks for posting this. :)