Song for Today: Friday, May 29, 2020

I Will Glory in My Redeemer by Steve and Vikki Cook, 2001.

Verse 1
I will glory in my Redeemer
Whose priceless blood has ransomed me.
Mine was the sin that drove the bitter nails
And hung Him on that judgment tree.
I will glory in my Redeemer
Who crushed the power of sin and death.
My only Savior before the holy Judge:
The Lamb who is my righteousness,
The Lamb who is my righteousness

God incarnate. A unique being in the eternal veiled in the mortal, perfect righteousness born of woman. God the Son became human to live in perfect obedience to God and to die. The sinless blood that flowed down the cross was truly priceless.

Those nails were bitter because they were sin driven to hold Jesus on the tree until the Father’s wrath was satisfied. Of that judgment tree, Paul writes, Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree” (Galatians 3:13, ESV).

When you picture the scene, even briefly, the overwhelming gratitude causes every believer to “glory in our redeemer.”

Verse 2
I will glory in my Redeemer
My life He bought, my love He owns
I have no longings for another
I’m satisfied in Him alone
I will glory in my Redeemer
His faithfulness my standing place
Though foes are mighty and rush upon me
My feet are firm, held by His grace
My feet are firm, held by His grace

Verse 1 says the priceless blood of Jesus “ransomed” you. The helpless slave bought for the ransom price in an ancient slave market was then owned by the redeemer. Legally, Jesus owns you. But his ransom price not only bought us, it also changed our heart. Legally we owe him our love, but logically we love him from a renewed heart. Legally, you are not your own, for you were bought with a price. (1 Corinthians 6:19–20a) But your Spirit-given logic now desires to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind (Romans 12:1b–2a).

Logically we know that our longings in this world are never satisfied with the things of this world. Being purchased and freed by Jesus, we know that our longings can be only be satisfied in Jesus. Ah, but we are stiff-necked people! Fortunately, as our heads wander, our feet are firm, held by his grace.

Verse 3
I will glory in my Redeemer
Who carries me on eagles’ wings
He crowns my life with lovingkindness
His triumph song I’ll ever sing
I will glory in my Redeemer
Who waits for me at gates of gold
And when He calls me, it will be paradise
His face forever to behold
His face forever to behold

There is much talk about the end of the world, but it’s all speculation. What we do know is when he calls us home, it will be paradise. Jesus made a promise to us saying, “if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” (John 14:3)

One disciple was confused when Jesus said, “you know the way to where I am going.” Perhaps he wanted an address, but Jesus didn’t say, “you know where I am going…, he said, “you know the way to where I am going.” 

Graciously Jesus answered Thomas. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6).

You know the way to where Jesus is waiting for you. Believe in him and glory in your Redeemer today and through the weekend. Have a blessed Lord’s Day, and I’ll write to you again on Monday with the next “Song for Today.”

Blessings, Pastor Don.


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