In Christ Alone?

Once, I heard a quote that stated we never lie more to God than when we sing.

Ever since then, I’ve paid greater attention to my worshipping of God in song.
I seek to ask myself, am I simply singing the words, not even meaning them? Or do I truly live them?

Page in Hymnal
I have found this quote to be true and it is sobering.
Far too often, I give mere lip service to God with no real heart behind it.

Recently, I was blessed to attend two events that are centered around God’s Word.
At both events the song,
“In Christ Alone” was sung. I don’t believe in coincidences, so I was greatly intrigued that this song was chosen three times over the course of these two events.

It is one of those songs a lot of us know, yet, do we truly pause and take the time to dwell on what words are leaving our lips?

“In Christ alone my hope is found”
Do I really live my life in Christ alone?
Is ALL my hope really based in Him and Him alone?

“He is my light, my strength, my song”
Is He really the one I am looking to for guidance and direction? Is He really where I find my strength to face the good, the bad and the ugly in life?
Do I really rejoice in Him...even when all seems lost and the pain is great?

“This cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm”

Ok, pause right there. That is a
VERY strong statement. When the storms of life hit, does my life testify to this? Is Christ really my anchor? Do I truly believe in the all-sufficiency of Christ or do I just sing about it?

Stormy Sea with Waves
“What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease”

Does Christ’s love and peace really reign in my life? Or once again, am I simply singing some flowing, poetic words?
Are my fears really stilled in Christ?
Am I really casting all my anxiety on Him because He cares for me? Does my striving in my own power truly cease? Or once again, you guessed it, am I just singing it?

“My comforter, my all in all”
My all in all is another
VERY strong statement. All in all means Christ is my EVERYTHING. Period. No add-ons, no Plan B, nothing else, just Jesus. Is this the testimony of my life, just Jesus?

“Here, in the love of Christ, I stand”
Do I really stand in His love? Do I freely offer His love to others? Or am I standing in bitterness, pride, selfishness, anger or something else?

“In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
'Til on that cross, as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin, on Him, was laid
Here, in the death of Christ, I live”

Powerful truth I sing about here.
Yet, do I proclaim it elsewhere to a lost and dying world, or just in song at safe Christian events?

“There in the ground, His body lay
Light of the world, by darkness, slain
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave, He rose again”

Ok, this is
POWERFUL! If this is true and it is, I should be motivated to proclaim this from the rooftops! There is a way to be forgiven of our sins, a way to be saved from eternity in Hell, a way to be made right before God!
So why aren’t I proclaiming this message from the rooftops?

Rooftops of City
“And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me”

Cut, cut, cut! Hold on for a moment! “Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me.” Do I really believe that? Scripture says this is true. I no longer have to sin, I am no longer a slave to it. So why do I use excuses when it comes to my sin? Is not victory mine in Christ? Is His power not sufficient to enable me to resist every temptation?

“For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ”

Is Christ really enough for me? A question I have to keep asking myself, especially as of late.

“No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me”

So why am I so silent in proclaiming the gospel and the truth of God’s Word? Why the fear?!

“From life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny”

Ok, this is the part the Lord has been lovingly
HAMMERING me with.
Do I REALLY believe Jesus commands my destiny? Really? Truly? Fully?
When life seems to be spinning out of control, do I believe He is in control? Do I truly believe He is working all things for the good of those who love Him? Do I really believe His plan for my life is marching on, even when it feels like it has stalled, permanently?
Jesus commands my destiny, oh, I truly desire to live with this in the forefront of my mind!

“No power of Hell, no scheme of man
Could ever pluck me from His hand”

Secure in the Savior, praise the King! Indeed this is true, for it lines up with Scripture. So why do I tolerate the lies of Satan in my life and the lives of others that say somehow I, or they, can be plucked from the Savior’s hand? The lies that say it can happen by my choice, their choice or the vicious attacks of others? Do I really believe in Christ’s power to hold onto me or not?

“'Til He returns or calls me home
Here, in the power of Christ, I stand”

Such a beautiful way to end this song! Yet once again,
am I truly standing in Christ’s power on the truths of God’s Word? Or am I standing on something else?

Bible Open to the Book of Isaiah
This is a powerful song, with its lyrics rooted deep in the Scriptures.
It is the song of a battle warrior whose eyes are locked in upon the Savior. The song of one who anticipates His return, but is on the front lines of this spiritual war into the King calls them home.

Yes, it is a great song, but am I lifting mere lip service to the King of kings when I sing it?
Do I truly mean the words of this song and the words of the other songs I sing?

But Nathaniel, no one can measure up to the words of this song! They are too great, too grand, too ideal. Even your rhetorical questions throughout the lyrics show how short you fall and how insufficient you are to live up the grandeur of these words!

You’re right. I can’t, I am unable and I will miserably fail trying to live out these Scripturally-based words in my life.

This is where it all circles back to the title, does it not?
“In Christ alone.” Not by my power, not by your power, not by the power of a group, no. All by the power of the risen Savior, in Christ alone.

May God work His power in me as I submit to Him and may you & I truly live this life in Christ alone!