Resting In God For My Joy
Resting in God for My Joy
I am a man
Created with a void heart
That longs for fullness and satisfaction.
A soul that craves, a soul that thirsts
A tired soul, an empty soul
Seeking rest in the emptiness of the self.
By nature my heart is strongly driving me
To find joy in glorifying the self,
To be satisfied with many images of self-glory:
Physical beauty, self-righteousness, acceptance,
Wisdom, power, and authority.
Name them all as you may wish,
They all lead me to this:
To make myself as the god and lord of my life,
I thought and believed this is the prime delight of all life.
But I was surely wrong, for God has corrected me,
By His Grace and abundant Mercy.
That my soul’s end is to glorify God
By enjoying Him forever.
He has humbled me, showing that greatness
Belongs to Him alone,
And my rightful place before Him is nothingness.
That He is everything and I am nothing;
That He is Creator and I am creature;
That He is God and I am man;
That He is Lord and I am servant;
And that He is big and I am small.
Oh, what great joy is this:
To make God the ob
To adore Him as He is;
To treasure Him by His worth;
To love Him as He first loved me;
To revere Him as He is sovereign;
To fear Him as He is holy;
To trust Him as He is wise;
And to surrender to Him for He is the Living God.
The more I contemplate on His Glory,
The more I am humbled down to the ground, facedown.
The more I see His holiness
The more I see my sin.
The more I realize His bigness,
The more I depend on Him.
The more I see His Love and Grace,
The more I treasure Him,
The more my soul becomes evermore joyous:
The more my heart shouts in praise!
Now I get my joy from God and His fullness alone,
Which is the only resting place of my soul.
I will continuously seek His face and know His beauty,
And enrich my heart with the fullness of His Glory.
Yes, He is God and I am man, His servant.
And I will devote my life pursuing His Glory
To the life of others, so that empty souls
Will also find their joy and rest in my God,
Who alone comforted, satisfied, and quieted my soul.