Don’t write a song about me
Last week in church we sang the old song “Made Me Glad”. As we were singing, I started to pay closer attention to the lyrics of the chorus:
You are my shield, my strength
My portion, deliverer
My shelter, strong tower
My very present help in time of need
We sing this song because it reminds us of the character of God. It reminds us of the promises that we have in him. It tells us who God is to us.
But this week I started to think about what the song would be if it were written about who I am to God, and I realized that there was no single song that could express who I am to God. Because unlike God, I am not constant. Unlike God, I have good days and bad days. Unlike God, I break my promises. Any song about who I am to God would be so schizophrenic it would be laughable:
I am your joy, delight
Your anger, your frustration
Your faithful, unfaithful
Your ever changing child in need of you
In fact, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the only things about me that are constant are the things I have because of God.
I am perfectly loved, only because he loves me.
I am a child of God, only because he has adopted me.
I am forgiven, only because of his death.
I have hope, only because he has risen.
This is why we worship God, and not ourselves. Because only he is constant, faithful,and true, and so only he is worthy of worship. We can sing these songs about his promises in any season, in the face of any obstacle, and always know they are true.