Monday, July 28, 2008

I'm a blubbering idiot at times, I tell you!

I managed to do it again! I totally lost any sense of composure in church this morning when we sang this song that is relatively knew to me. I was surprised to see that the writers are from the late 1800's-early 1900's because I had not sung it until recently. It is one of those songs that is so easy to sing. The melody is rich and tuneful so it's very simple to focus on the words since you don't have to stumble through the notes. I know it shouldn't be true, but if a song is hard to sing I usually end up thinking more about trying to figure out the notes and where it's headed. This is definitely not that way...It's been stuck in my head a good chunk of the day. The tune that we sang in church today is an alternate melody by Ben Nyce that's on the Northland recording, "Complete in Thee." (I think I've got that right!)

I love the thought that my salvation is complete in the Lord. His blood has given me pardon and the power to live a victorious life! As one who is complete in Him, it's not just my needs that He supplies, but as our gracious heavenly Father, He gives us so many of our wants, too! The last verse is when I started blubbering...just picturing the awe and wonder as all the chosen ones from every tribe and tongue stand before the Lord knowing that we are complete in Him. It's truly unfathomable...the utter joy of knowing that I will be allowed to spend eternity with my Lord because of His work on the cross...yeah...I wasn't the only one touched by the song in church today...there were lots of tears on lots of faces. Great song, but an even greater truth!

Complete in Thee! no work of mine
May take, dear Lord, the place of Thine;
Thy blood hath pardon bought for me,
And I am now complete in Thee.

Yea, justified! O blessed thought!
And sanctified! Salvation wrought!
Thy blood hath pardon bought for me,
And glorified, I too, shall be!

Complete in Thee! no more shall sin,
Thy grace hath conquered, reign within;
Thy voice shall bid the tempter flee,
And I shall stand complete in Thee.

Complete in Thee— each want supplied,
And no good thing to me denied;
Since Thou my portion, Lord, wilt be,
I ask no more, complete in Thee.

Dear Saviour! when before Thy bar
All tribes and tongues assembled are,
Among Thy chosen will I be,
At Thy right hand, complete in Thee.