Have you ever just lain prostrate in the floor before God and cried over your sin?
Recently I found myself doing so. I was just weeping, because I know that my sin is offensive to a Holy God and slaps Him in his face. I sometimes feel as if Jesus wasted his sacrifice on me. That is really not what this post is about. I just wanted to get that off my chest. (And, really, what better way to do so than in a public forum where literally anyone in the world can read it.) I also wondered of that makes me a freak. Am I the only one who does that, and does it mean that I don’t trust in God’s forgiveness, or that Jesus died for all of my sin?
This post is a post about something that has been on my mind lately. This is actually only a lead up to that post as I think about it further.
This post is one of those that is begging for comments. (I wish I didn’t check my stupid stats every day, but I do.) Here is my question. The other night, I was crying over my sin. And most often when I find myself in this situation, I find that my mind goes to 1 John 1:9, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. This verse is comforting and reassuring. However on this night my mind went to an old hymn. (written 1772)
There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins; And sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.
The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day; And there have I, though vile as he, washed all my sins away.
E’er since, by faith, I saw the stream Thy flowing wounds supply, Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.
What an awesome and reassuring song!
Here’s my question, especially for those of you who don’t go to churches that sing old hymns, or rarely sing old hymns. What song goes through your head in these times of trouble? Right off the top of my head, here's another situation when I found the words of a hymn very comforting. if I think of others I'll add it later.
After the death of a Christian brother I was deeply sad, and the only song that filled my mind was When We All Get To Heaven. (written 1898 this would have been a Contemporary Christian hit for my great-grandmother)
I'll lighten it up the rest of the week :-)