This Sunday we our series on Ecclesiastes called Enjoy the Sovereign. Do we truly believe that God is sovereign over all things? Do we believe that everything in our lives comes from the sovereign hand of God? Over the next 4 months we will learn from the author of Ecclesiastes that both the good and the bad come from God. The good and the bad are given to us to point us to God. Nothing in this life is meaningless, unless it is done apart from God.
Lyrically, this week we will be singing many songs that point out how all of our effort and toil is ultimately useless to gain favor with God. It’s only by the work of Jesus on the cross that we have been made righteous.
I’ve pointed out some interesting lyrics below that illustrate this point. To prepare to sing together, listen to the songs in advance by clicking on the links below:
“Not the labor of my hands can fulfill the law’s commands”
Jesus Paid It All (Listen & Download)
This version of Jesus Paid it all has an interesting lyrical change from the version that most of us are probably familiar with. In the most popular version, the lyric in verse three reads “And when before the throne, I stand in Him complete, Jesus died my soul to save, My lips shall still repeat”
But, this Sunday, we’ll sing the original lyric as written by Elvina Hall: “And when before the throne, I stand in him complete, I will lay my trophies down, Lay them down at Jesus’ feet“
It’s an interesting lyrical change, isn’t it? The idea is that even our best efforts, the things we are great at, the things that on this earth have earned us praise and accolades, won’t earn us righteousness. They won’t save us. Indeed, scripture calls even our best acts of righteousness “filthy rags” in light of Jesus’ righteousness.
“Wealth and honor I disdain, earthy comforts Lord are vain, these can never satisfy, give me Christ or else I die”
“I worked my fingers down to the bone, but nothing I did could ever atone.”
Thanks be to God that Jesus grants us HIS righteousness!
“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Cor 5:21
See you on Sunday.