Reflection.

Day One- The Stand

I’ve been mulling over what song to set off the series, and this song was one of the first songs on top of my list.  So now I present to you my choice for February 1, 2009… Setting the standard of what it means to love… the kinda of love that overwhelms and transforms hearts.  The song is called “The Stand” from Hillsong.  

You stood before creation
Eternity within Your hand
You spoke the earth into motion
My soul now to stand

You stood before my failure
Carried the Cross for my shame
My sin weighed upon Your shoulders
My soul now to stand

So what can I say
What can I do
But offer this heart O God
Completely to You

So I’ll walk upon salvation
Your Spirit alive in me
This life to declare Your promise
My soul now to stand

So what can I say
What can I do
But offer this heart O God
Completely to You

So I’ll stand
With arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the One who gave it all

So I’ll stand
My soul Lord to You surrendered
All I am is Yours

….

In 2 Peter 1:20-21, the bible teaches us that “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”  So with that said the book of the prophet Isaiah written somewhere between 740-680 bc, foretells Jesus’ life in Isaiah 52:7- 53:12.  Reading this scripture you would receive a greater understanding of Jesus’ purpose in life and I hope it causes a stirring in your heart to respond with loving Him in return.

 7 How beautiful on the mountains 
       are the feet of those who bring good news, 
       who proclaim peace, 
       who bring good tidings, 
       who proclaim salvation, 
       who say to Zion, 
       “Your God reigns!”

 8 Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; 
       together they shout for joy. 
       When the LORD returns to Zion, 
       they will see it with their own eyes.

 9 Burst into songs of joy together, 
       you ruins of Jerusalem, 
       for the LORD has comforted his people, 
       he has redeemed Jerusalem.

 10 The LORD will lay bare his holy arm 
       in the sight of all the nations, 
       and all the ends of the earth will see 
       the salvation of our God.

 11 Depart, depart, go out from there! 
       Touch no unclean thing! 
       Come out from it and be pure, 
       you who carry the vessels of the LORD.

 12 But you will not leave in haste 
       or go in flight; 
       for the LORD will go before you, 
       the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

 13 See, my servant will act wisely [b] ; 
       he will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted. 

14 Just as there were many who were appalled at him [c]
       his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man 
       and his form marred beyond human likeness—

 15 so will he sprinkle many nations, [d] 
       and kings will shut their mouths because of him. 
       For what they were not told, they will see, 
       and what they have not heard, they will understand.

 1 Who has believed our message 
       and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?

 2 He grew up before him like a tender shoot, 
       and like a root out of dry ground. 
       He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, 
       nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

 3 He was despised and rejected by men, 
       a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. 
       Like one from whom men hide their faces 
       he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

 4 Surely he took up our infirmities 
       and carried our sorrows, 
       yet we considered him stricken by God, 
       smitten by him, and afflicted.

 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, 
       he was crushed for our iniquities; 
       the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, 
       and by his wounds we are healed.

 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, 
       each of us has turned to his own way; 
       and the LORD has laid on him 
       the iniquity of us all.

 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, 
       yet he did not open his mouth; 
       he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, 
       and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, 
       so he did not open his mouth.

 8 By oppression [a] and judgment he was taken away. 
       And who can speak of his descendants? 
       For he was cut off from the land of the living; 
       for the transgression of my people he was stricken. [b]

 9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, 
       and with the rich in his death, 
       though he had done no violence, 
       nor was any deceit in his mouth.

 10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, 
       and though the LORD makes [c] his life a guilt offering, 
       he will see his offspring and prolong his days, 
       and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.

 11 After the suffering of his soul, 
       he will see the light of life [d] and be satisfied [e] ; 
       by his knowledge [f] my righteous servant will justify many, 
       and he will bear their iniquities.

 12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, [g] 
       and he will divide the spoils with the strong, [h] 
       because he poured out his life unto death, 
       and was numbered with the transgressors. 
       For he bore the sin of many, 
       and made intercession for the transgressors.

 

Yes, Jesus loves you that much 🙂 Now that you know His love for you, how do you respond? My hope is that this song will not be “just a song” to you, but go deeper than that… that it would be your response to offer up your heart completely to Him and receive Him as your Lord and Savior.

🙂

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