My husband put in a CD this morning as we were finishing our time in the Word. It was one we have both listened to many times and we love it because friends of ours sing on it. One of the songs especially stuck with me this morning (as it had done in the past) and I thought I would pass it along to yall here and reflect some on it:
Glory is Certain is an “old” hymn by Henry Lyte and David Ward, a friend of EC’s put new music and additional lyrics to it. I’ve been singing it all morning.
“My rest is in heaven, my rest is not here, then why do I worry when trials are near? Be hushed my dark spirit, the worst that can come but shortens your journey, and hastens you home!
I dare not be seeking my comfort and bliss, or building my hopes in a place such as this; I look for the city God promised and built, where Jesus has banished my sin and its guilt.
I have died to this world, and am hidden with Christ so my mind will be set on this: glory is certain for Christ is in me, glory is certain, for Christ is in me.
Afflictions may press me but cannot destroy, one glimpse of His love turns them all into joy. The tears of a lifetime will vanish away when he stoops to dry them on that coming day. so let Satan’s army assail me full force, their plans cannot help but to steady my course. Come joys or come sorrows, whatever may befall an hour with my Savior will sweeten them all.
I have died to this world, and am hidden with Christ so my mind will be set on this: glory is certain for Christ is in me, glory is certain for Christ is in me.”
Many verses come to my mind:
Romans 8 – let me camp out there: “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. for those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom He predestined He also called, and those whom He called He also justified, and those whom He justified He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things? (28-32)
God is so gracious. I can let cares and clutter of this world choke the life out of me, the ministry that God has given me, and my marriage. Or, I can rest. I can rest in the grace of God and my certainty. Not much is certain in this world. Glory is certain. This song sings of Justification by faith alone – not self-justification.
Rest, friends. Declutter and rest in the fact that Christ has already worked for you. It is done.