Thursday, April 10, 2014

On My Knees

Romans 5:6-8 (NLT)
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners.  Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good.  But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

I hope you’ve been contemplating grace – the undeserved love and forgiveness God pours over you.  Has your appreciation for His grace increased?  I hope to personally return to a place where God’s grace amazes me every time I enter His presence.

What happened to the practice of kneeling in prayer?  Except occasionally in services of another denomination, I’ve never knelt for prayer.  First, I wasn’t raised with the practice and second, it seems uncomfortable and distracting.  The kneeling position shows humility and respect.  Am I reflecting self-importance by never kneeling?  Is bowing my head enough to give my heart the proper attitude?

No matter my physical position, the posture of my heart can and should bow to God.  Not to cower in fear but to humbly respect His mercy for me, a screw-up, to fall on my knees in gratitude.  My point is that when my posture isn’t physical, it’s harder to remember my place.  Is this part of why I tend to take God’s grace for granted?

Here are the lyrics to a song that spurred these thoughts and a YouTube link to listen:

 "Your Grace Still Amazes Me"
My faithful Father, enduring Friend
Your tender mercy's like a river with no end
It overwhelms me, covers my sin
Each time I come into Your presence
I stand in wonder once again

Your grace still amazes me
Your love is still a mystery
Each day I fall on my knees
Your grace still amazes me
'Cause Your grace still amazes me

Oh, patient Savior, You make me whole
You are the Author and the Healer of my soul
What can I give You, Lord, what can I say
I know there's no way to repay You
Only to offer You my praise

It's deeper, it's wider
It's stronger, it's higher
It's deeper it's wider
It's stronger, it's higher than anything my eyes can see

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