I Surrender…. Some?

Music stirs the soul.  This is the reason that music is one part of worship.  I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.  (Psa 69:30)  Maybe some of you have grown up in church as I have.  Before I could walk or talk I had heard the old hymns sung each and every week, not only at church but in our home.  Amazing Grace, I Need Thee Every Hour, and Jesus Paid it All are just a few of the songs I had memorized at an early age.  I heard one of my favorite invitational songs, I Surrender All, the other day.  The song moved me.  “All to Jesus, I surrender; all to Him I freely give.  I will ever love and trust Him; in His presence daily live.  I surrender all, I surrender all.  All to Thee my blessed Saviour, I surrender all.”  What powerful words!  I have thought about this song often and the message behind it.  Just what does it mean to surrender?  The dictionary definition of surrender is “to yield (something) to the possession or power of another.”  Can I say that I truly surrender, yield, give up and submit all to Jesus?  All means everything    my entire life    every thought, every motive, every word and every deed.  Have I surrendered my marriage to Christ?  Do I yield my children to Christ?  Have I submitted all my daily activities to Christ?  Consider what the 2nd verse to the songs says,   “All to Jesus I surrender; humbly at his feet I bow, worldly pleasures all forsaken; take me, Jesus, take me now.”  When I sing this song, “worldly pleasures all forsaken”  do I mean it?  Or, is it just hypocritical church singing.  What about “humbly at His feet I bow”?  It’s hard to bow at the feet of Jesus when caught up in worldly pleasures.  A.W. Tozer once said, “Christians don’t tell lies; they just come to church and sing them.”  My prayer is that cannot be said of me.  But, the times when I do fail, I quickly repent and fall at the feet of Jesus.  Dear Jesus, may the words I sing always be pure, holy and true.

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