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Stripped

I love old Hymns. I mean the good-old fashioned, original melody, belt-it-out type Hymns with words so rich they can’t all be taken in at once. Every time you sing that ‘same old’ hymn, something new finds its way off the page and hits you right smack in the heart. And you belt the line out for a whole new reason than you did the time before.

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“When the last trumpet’s voice shall sound,
O may I then in him be found.
Clothed in his righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before his throne.
On Christ the solid rock I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
All other ground is sinking sand.”
(Words by Edward Mote (1797-1874) and others
Music by Francis Blight (PRS))

Clothed in his righteousness alone…

Alone?

Stripped down to nothing more than my bruised and blemished self. Nothing to hide behind. No control over what is seen and what is known. Fully exposed.

In my nakedness am I ashamed?

Or am I amazed?

Amazed that what shines more brightly than the scars and wounds that clothe me, is the mark of the one who calls me beautiful.

As the Lord washes over me with the blood of his one and only son, Jesus, I am made new.  Covered are all my scars, forgiven are all my sins, restored is all I’ve lost.

When God sees me, He sees His Son. Clothed in righteousness alone means clothed in Jesus Christ alone.

We spend countless hours, considering whats best to wear, what to tuck where, how best to fix or dye our hair, what good deeds we need to complete or false appearances we need to keep. All to create the perfect mask for what really lies beneath.

freedomBut what really lies beneath is a child of a great and mighty King who has been redeemed and been set free. Why are we hiding this great truth? Here we have the opportunity to shine this little light of ours for all the world to see by just allowing others to see the forgiveness he’s lavished and washed over us so freely.

Amazing, isn’t it?
That stripped down before a God who named us, New, is where praise begins. 

How Amazing is the grace that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now I’m found. Was blind but now I see.*
xoxo,
Tamara 

Reflection
GratitudeTake time now to really press into the reality of the sacrifice of Jesus’ death on the cross. Thank him for laying down his life to save yours.
Grow: Read 2 Corinthians 5:17.  How do you daily look over the the gift of forgiveness given freely to you and feel the need to hide behind false appearances? How can you live more fully in the truth that in Christ you are a new creation?
Give: Can you commit to giving others the gift of knowing Christ more and seeing his good works through you laying down the masks and authentically living, clothed only in his righteousness?
Worship: I love music & I love to share it. Each song is for each post. Listen and Enjoy! Cornerstone

Each LSLW post includes three areas of reflection in hopes to offer a chance for us to give thanks, grow in our personal faith and find ways to pour out from our lives what Christ has poured into us.

*(Amazing Grace, John Newton)

© Tamara Gurley 2014

5 thoughts on “Stripped

  1. And sometimes that ‘something new’ doesn’t smack you heart until someone draws it out so beautifully for you… thank you for taking this treasured song ‘beyond the weekend’!

  2. Cornerstone came on the radio on my way to work this morning. I wasn’t ‘feeling’ it and changed the station.

    Thank you for getting me to listen. And ironically, begin and end my day with a song called cornerstone. 😉

    Below is the line I ‘heard’ tonight:
    “With every high and stormy gale, my ANCHOR holds within the veil.”

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