High and Lifted Up
Today, the song “I Exalt Thee” suddenly popped into my head as I was driving. You know, the one that goes, “I exalt thee….I exalt thee…I exalt theeeeee…ohhh Lord.” It began as a quiet whisper in the corner of my heart and then gradually increased in volume until I was practically shouting the words of the song at the top of my lungs: “I EXALT THEEEEE….OHHH LORD!” Thankfully, I was driving solo so no one (but God) had to listen to my slightly (okay majorly) off-key voice.
The interesting thing was that the more I exalted Him with my words, the more my heart became convicted of ways in which I really wasn’t living them out. I began to see how I really wasn’t exalting Him above all else. One by one, the Holy Spirit began to reveal to me other things, people, ideas and dreams I was glorifying and exalting to higher importance and value over Him. Somewhere along the lines, the passion I once had to bring glory to His name had been replaced with a passion and pursuit of bringing glory to a name that begins with an “A” and ends with an “i”. Yep, you guessed it.
The cool part about God though is that once we realize our sin, mistake, wrongdoing or whatever it may be, and sincerely confess it and repent (turn away from it), He is there to forgive us and embrace us with open arms. One of my favorite verses lately is:
“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
His compassions truly are new every morning. Every single morning. But we must go to Him to receive them. When we do go to Him each morning, He will not only shower His love on us and renew our hearts towards Him, but He will also give us the power of His Spirit to help us live out this life of faith. We are not alone or on our own. He resides within us and guides us each step of the way. That is, if we allow Him to.
I am grateful that God revealed the gunk and grime that had built up around my heart, causing me to lose sight of His awesome wonder, beauty, splendor, power and grace. This revelation–though difficult to face at first–has sparked a new passion in my heart to glorify His name in ALL I do. It is my prayer that all that is written here will reflect that, exalting the name of my Lord and Savior, my rock and redeemer, Jesus Christ.
Join me in listening to “I Exalt Thee” (don’t be alarmed if you find yourself suddenly belting it at the top of your lungs) and allow the Holy Spirit to gently call out, convict and correct ways in which perhaps you have been striving to bring glory to your own name, rather than His. Let Him show you where you might be exalting other things and other people above God. Be truthful. Be open. And be ready to hear from Him, even if it’s ugly. And once you do, be prepared to make some serious changes in your life; changes that will reflect God’s rightful place, which is high high high and so so so lifted up.
Listen, ponder, reflect and be blessed as you exalt His name above ALL names today and every day!