How marvelous.

February 28, 2010

Sorry for not posting anything in a loooooooooooooooooooooong time. My life has been so busy with homework, studying, and nightly rehearsals for the opera, The Merry Widow.  It brings a smile to my face to know that a week from now I’d be in the middle of the last performance! And an even bigger smile to know that I’d be forever done with the Opera/Musical Theater program! GOD IS GOOD!

As busy as these past weeks have been, I’ve been enjoying every minute and growing as well. I think today kind of summed up alot of the things God has been trying to show me through scripture and people. The conclusion is God’s amazing love.

I thought I had come to fully understand His love and the ways that He shows it, but clearly not.  These past weeks I’ve grown in the ways I love others through meeting them at their best recieved love languages (Service, Gifts, Quality Time, Touch, and Affirmation). In doing so, it’s made me realize and understand how so often Christ meets us where we are and loves us unconditionally.

Also, I’ve been challenged in realizing that I deserve love. To not just shrug it off or not truly meditate on words of love and actions of love. For some reason, so many of us Christians feel that we are unworthy of  the life we’ve been given. Which is true! Hahaha, but we shouldn’t dwell in it! We should be rejoicing and grateful of God’s grace and mercy; walking in joy that He loves us enough to have the life, friendships, families, etc that we’ve been given.

This morning during worship (which was completely centered around the love of Christ) I was reminded and nourished with beautiful lyrics from songs/hymns I had forgotten my love for:

How Deep The Father’s Love for Us

How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocing voice,
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that helf Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast inJesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom.

Lord’s Day Hymn (I Stand Amazed)

I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how He could love me,
A sinner, condemned, unclean.

O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me!

For me it was in the garden
He prayed: “Not My will, but Thine.”
He had no tears for His own griefs,
But sweat drops of blood for mine.

In pity angels beheld Him,
And came from the world of light
To comfort Him in the sorrows
He bore for my soul that night.

He took my sins and my sorrows,
He made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calvary,
And suffered and died alone.

When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see,
’Twill be my joy through the ages
To sing of His love for me.

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