Aren’t I Worth Anything?

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In me there dwelleth no good thing.

There is none righteous, no not one.

Nothing to the altar can I bring.

No salvation can be won.

 

All have sinned, no glory of God.

My righteousness is as filthy rags.

All my things with dung are shod.

Guilt within ever nags.

 

Can’t I do anything worthy of praise?

Is my good not good enough?

I should give up; nothing pays.

I’ll never be able to come up to snuff.

 

So goes the human and fleshly mindset:

We think of ourselves and want to matter.

Let us consider the Divine aspect

God’s ways are higher; we must our ways shatter.

 

I have loved you with an everlasting love,

I shield you with my strong right arm.

Look not below or within; look above

I will in no wise allow you harm.

 

With tenderness and mercy God has arrayed

With care each detail of His magnificent creation.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made

To manifest God’s amazing celebration.

 

It’s YOU! He celebrates each detail of you.

He loves to work through each facet of your

Unique personality, whatever you bring to

This life and those God brings to your door.

 

God has designed each child with delight.

He created us to need Him, He wants us near.

We can be whole only as we are right

And dependent on Him for all we hold dear.

Each to His Own Way

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I read in Isaiah 53 today, verse 6, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

I understand from this verse that going our own way is the iniquity, the sin.

It calls to mind Judges 17.6, “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” The surrounding passages make clear that this was not a good / Godly time in Israel’s history.

It also calls to mind John 15.5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

Everything we do outside of God is nothing (“rubbish,” as Paul calls it in Philippians 3.8). Not only nothing, but what we do – all our works, our “nice guy” mentality, “my good outweighs my bad” mindset – is sin. It’s what cuts us off from God.

Thanks be to God, He forgives our sin: daily, moment-by-moment, even.

But it is yet another reminder that I must keep God and His Word in the forefront of my mind and heart. What I do and say matters. One way or another, I will glorify God or churn out rubbish.

I purpose to glorify God.