Thursday, May 17, 2012

Christ Alone

 13Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.
 14For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.
 15So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD, and all the kings of the earth thy glory.
 16When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.
 17He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer. 

Christ Alone
Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favor her, yea, the set time, is come.
The writer of Psalm 102 understood that his life was in the hands of Christ alone. [Though the name "Christ" does not appear in our Bibles until the New Testament, the LORD, of the Old Testament is Christ.] Even though his life was filled with troubles, the psalmist knew that the set time would come when the Lord would appear in His glory and build up Zion. He also understood that even his prayers were regarded by the Lord, as the Lord does not despise the prayers of His children.

How do we view Christ, as Christians? Is He our Savior? Do we have the confidence that He does not despise our prayers? When answers do not come quickly do we think He did not hear? Do we only think of the Lord when we have desperate needs?

I believe that many Christians are not aware of the precious treasure they have in Christ. They think of Him only as someone to turn to when all else fails. They fail to realize that building a relationship with Christ is really what Christianity is all about. Christ is not just our problem solver, He is our friend, our confidant, our solace, and our comforter, and we owe to Him all of our worship and praise.

In Christ alone we can rest all of our hope and confidence; He alone walks with us every step of our lives, and He is constantly sending His angels to guard and protect us. If God gave us one day to actually see all of the heavenly beings who are ministering to us, guiding us, protecting us, and fighting against our enemies, we would never again doubt our dear Lord and Savior.

We often think of life as one moment of chance after another, but as Christians, every moment of our lives is ordered by the Lord. We can safely rest all of our cares upon Him, for He will never leave or forsake us.

Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, in their song, "In Christ Alone," have beautifully captured the depth of our relationship with Christ. I have only shown a few of the verses, it would be well worth your time to read all of the words and even listen to the music as recorded by Krysten and Keith Getty. It has been set to a lovely melody and powerfully presents this Christ we love and serve.

In Christ Alone
Songwriters: Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From a life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man
Could ever pluck me from His hand
'Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I stand
 Go, live this day in the strength and power of Christ alone!

God Bless You,
Linda

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