My God, I Love Thee | Music Video

Why do we love God? Do we love Him only because of the blessings we have? Do we love Him only because of an escape from hell? Or do we love Him solely because He is our God and Savior?

The words to this old hymn are amazing.

My God, I Love Thee
Words: attributed to Francis Xavier

My God, I love Thee, not because
I hope for heav’n thereby,
Nor yet for fear that loving not
I might forever die;
But for that Thou didst all mankind
Upon the cross embrace;
For us didst bear
the nails and spear,
And manifold disgrace;

And griefs and torments numberless,
And sweat of agony;
E’en death itself, and all for man,
Who was Thine enemy.
Then why, most loving
Jesus Christ,
Should I not love Thee well?
Not for the sake of
winning heav’n,
Nor any fear of hell;

Not with the hope of
gaining aught,
Not seeking a reward,
But as Thyself hast loved me,
O ever-loving Lord!
E’en so I love Thee, and will love,
And in Thy praise will sing,
Solely because Thou art my God
And my eternal King!

Surrender

Surrender.
It seems that every time I work on projects with a theme, the Lord has lessons concerning that theme to teach me. As I have been working on editing and putting “Surrender” into book form, the Lord has been working in my heart regarding surrender—whether it was hopes and dreams for this project, daily choices, or my ideas and will.
 
We tend to think of surrender regarding life-changing issues, big things. But most often, surrender is an ongoing process involving small sacrifices. It is in daily life that we must learn to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, as this is our reasonable service (see Romans 12:1).
 
The songs in the upcoming piano solo book are commonly known as “invitation songs,” and the messages ring true. Have we laid all on the altar for God to control? Have we acknowledge our need for Christ and turned fully to Him? Have we truly surrendered all to Him? Are we daily seeking to be near Him so that we can say in assurance, “It is well with my soul?” Are we eagerly awaiting His eternal plans for us or do we still cling to that which will one day fade away?
 
God’s call to surrender is not limited to just one season to life. Wherever it is that the Lord has you, may you learn to surrender fully to Him.
Surrender