“Oh, to grace how great a debtor“
Of all the debtors in the world, grace probably is the greatest. Most grace periods regarding debt are under threat of exorbitant penalty.
“Daily I’m constrained to be“
If I could choose my constraint, what would it be? Can I ever get to a point where I understand constraint to be a blessing? It reminds me of some old wedding vows not currently expressed “Freed and bound by your love.”
“Let thy goodness like a fetter“
In the middle of these lyrics, my word for the day is steadfast.
stead·fast/ˈstedˌfast/ adjective :resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.
As can be the case sometimes…
res·o·lute·ly/ˈrezəˌl(y)o͞otlē/adverb : in an admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering manner.
I think to myself, how often do I really live in a determined, resolute, dutifully, unwavering and admirably purposeful moment? And then…
“Bind my wandering heart to Thee“
If this were Sesame street, I think the word of the day would be more like…
fleet·ing/ˈflēdiNG/ adjective : lasting for a very short time.
On a TV program, every trouble is taken care of in 30 or 60 minutes. If you really want to understand steadfast you go to a movie and it takes a full 120 minutes to find resolve. I wait…
“Prone to wander Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love!“
People claim they want teaching with some depth. I say depth comes from living out steadfast when fleeting is the temptation. Depth is found in determined, resolute, dutiful, unwavering and admirably purposeful choice.
“Here’s my heart, oh, take and seal it“
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psalm 57:7 My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.
The classic Hebrew poetry use of a double statement, “My heart is steadfast O God, my heart is steadfast.” A double portion of determined, resolute, dutiful, unwavering, and admirably purposeful. Does saying it twice get my point across? Does saying it twice get my point across?
“Seal it for Thy courts above“
Sealed, claimed, settled, anchored, complete, established, tethered, resolved.
My Heart O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music… for your steadfast love is great to the heavens and your faithfulness to the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth.” Psalm 57:8,10-11
Did I mention steadfast?