Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
The chief part of who I am, the essence of my being is yours Lord. The cry of my depths, every hidden and secret thing, I lay before you. Nothing I hold back. Rather I lift it up – away from myself, away from my own striving, away from my own care. I lift it up so all can see that I give it to you. Unabashedly I lift up my soul to you – the banner of my life – my identity. I relinquish what I’ve spent years crafting, the identity I’ve pursued my whole life. And over me, I plead, spread your mantle, your banner of victory – Your name, your nature impart to me. I accept your Lordship over my life…I even seek and delight in it!
Willingly I relinquish all that I am for I know who you are. You are worthy. Is not the Lamb once slain worthy to receive the reward of His suffering?
O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.
I trust in thee. Because I know who you are. Infinite. Strong. Almighty. Deliverer. My High Priest. My Advocate. My motivation. My example. And my favorite: Redeemer.
For without trust there is no love. Without intimacy there is no trust. So it all flows out of knowing
you. Beholding you. Drawing near to you. Drawing close. To trust you is foolishness to the world. To lay it all on the altar and not take it back. Yet let not me be ashamed Lord because I have trusted YOU. I have not trusted the things of this world, I have not trusted my own understanding. I stand on you and your promises. I have learned who you are and now pray that you prove every Word in my life. I have staked all on you.
When I chose you, I say no to every other choice. It’s beauty of mutual exclusivity. Just when a pair says “I do,” they say “I don’t” or “No” to everyone else. When I say yes to you – drink of your blood and eat of your body – I say no to every other option. No to everything that the world offers. No to everything I’ve dreamed of myself. No to everything that is good even, though now I understand there is nothing good apart from you. No to anything that is not your will, or your desire. No to everything I could have become. I am ruined for any but you.
The singularity of a yes to you will not lead to shame for I have found the one my soul loves.
It’s easy to trust when nothing really is wrong. But we are in a war. Our enemy seeks to destroy us. On the battlefield with an enemy raging – trust is everything. As bombs explode, bullets fly, comrades die, and even the mountains shake – the life of a soldier is in the hands of his general. To live is Christ, to die is gain.
Trusting in you doesn’t mean that the enemy does not exist. Trusting you doesn’t mean the war ends. Trusting you means I have found my general. The battle is real. The evil one seeks to destroy my life. To kill. Trusting you doesn’t guarantee a long life and health and wealth. I do not seek a long life but a full one. I pray for a life that the future generations can look upon it and see You clearly. And you my God will not be put to shame. You will not be mocked. You will triumph.
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. – Corrie ten Boom
It’s all about who He IS!