Come, Now is The Time to Worship by Brian Doerksen and Wendy Whitehead, 1998.
Come, now is the time to worship
Come, now is the time to give your heart
Come, just as you are to worship
Come, just as you are before your God, Come.
One day ev’ry tongue will confess You are God,
One day ev’ry knee will bow
Still the greatest treasure remains for those,
Who gladly choose you now.
The word “time” in this contemporary Christian praise song is defined as “now,” so the song invites to nurture a lifestyle of worship. And so we should when we consider the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The word “gospel” means “good news,” and the good news is that the eternal Son of God willingly left heaven to take on flesh, live in this fallen world, face every trial and temptation, yet fully keep God’s commands. The hardest command was to give his life as a ransom for sinners, a command that was unique to the Son. His life and death were a rescue mission, and he performed flawlessly. Therefore the Father is justified to credit sinners with righteousness because Jesus paid for their sin. This righteousness for unrighteousness transaction is what C.S. Lewis called “the great exchange.”
When Jesus finished his work, the apostle Paul writes, Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9–11, ESV).
So we sing that every tongue will confess, and every knee will bow, and, as we sing, we consider the treasure that is available now for those who “choose” Jesus.
Paul tells us that since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” because one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. (Romans 3:28, 5:1). Having peace with God is what every human being desires deep inside, and since we have peace, we are filled with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13).
Our hope is a real, lasting, and unshakable hope based on gratitude for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken. (Hebrews 12:28a). Do we need hope today? Of course, we do, and Jesus offers unshakable hope because he is the fulfillment of the spiritual Rock that followed (Israel in the desert), and the Rock was Christ.” (1 Corinthians 10:4).
This truth leads us to the second verse in this song.
Willingly we choose to surrender our lives
Willingly our knees will bow
With all our heart soul mind and strength
We gladly choose You now
As Jesus willing came so that we can have life eternal, we do the same, we willingly choose to surrender, bow, and with all our “heart, soul, mind, and strength” gladly chose to serve, obey, trust, and commit our lives to him. A commitment to anything or anyone else merely crumbles as the current events prove beyond doubt.
So, come, right now, today, and all day, come and worship our great and glorious prophet, priest, king, and savior.
Blessings, Pastor Don.