Hebrews 4:16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.
Gospel music has always been my most favorite genre of music. I remember sitting in the pews as a child, mesmerized by the Gospel choir. They would march down the aisle with dignity as they clapped and sang glorious melodies. When tryouts for the youth choir approached, I secured my spot.
We practiced every Wednesday night. Songs like, “Bless the Lord, oh my soul and all that is within me, bless His holy name…” and “I love the Lord, He heard my cry and pities every groan…” still stir emotions deep within and help me to remember my roots. My mind and heart are full of the sounds of my people. “He’s an on time God,” and “I’ll call on the rock of my salvation, I’ll go to the stone that the builders rejected, I’ll go to the mountain and the mountain stands by me…” all resound deep within.
Hand clapping, foot stomping, deep cries for help and loud expressions of joy make a really good church service for me. That’s the atmosphere where I sense His presence the most. He meets me in the secret places of my heart in the midst of the sound of Gospel.
One song in particular easily glides off of my tongue. “I’ve come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord-trusting in His Holy word-He’s never failed me yet.” Oh how that song brings an assurance to my being. So much truth is wrapped up in those words. I’ve come far. I’ve had faith. I leaned on Him. I trust His word. He has not failed me.
Lately, I’m realizing that the validity of those words stem from God, not me. My faith has brought me far because He empowered me to believe. I leaned on Him because He made Himself available when I was falling. I trusted Him because He proved Himself trustworthy over and over again. He never failed me because He is faithful.
My hearts interprets the song this way these days, I’ve come this far by mercy and grace…still standing because He holds me up…knowing without a shadow of doubt that He will take care of me because He is trustworthy…He will always be there, won’t ever leave, He will continuously do as He has promised.
You see, He was faithful when I wasn’t. He pushed me, pulled me and stretched me to believe when I couldn’t do so for myself. He is the substance of my faith. I’ve come this far because of Him.
The words in this song have more meaning for me now. I sang them as a little girl with a set of burdens that no child should have to bear. He carried me through that season. I sing them now as a woman who has trekked through some serious valleys and deep waters. He carries me now. I’ve come this far because of Him.
Spend some time embracing the beauty of a music that originates from a place of deep surrender. Music that causes us to remember that we have no other choice but to hold on to Him. Music that glorifies the magnificent nature of our Father God. It’s a music that tells of His story of hope, redemption, peace and love. Hold on tight and don’t let go.
We’ve come this far…