A Song, A Scripture and a Soul Surmise is a new series of blogs that I hope might be a resource for quiet reflection. The idea is that in a Scripture reading, a song to listen to and a short reflection/poem/prayer of mine we can listen for the Spirit to whisper some truth through the white noise of so many voices around us... For most impact, line the song up first...
SCRIPTURE: PHILIPPIANS 3:7-14
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
SONG: I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR sung by CHRISTINE COLLISTER (from INTO THE LIGHT)
"I believe in the Kingdom Come
Then all the colours will bleed into one
Bleed into one.
But yes, I'm still running.
You broke the bonds
And you loosed the chains
Carried the cross of my shame
Oh my shame, you know I believe it.
But I still haven't found
What I'm looking for."
(written by U2)
Lord, You broke the bonds
You loosed the chains
Carried the cross
And our shame
You know we believe it…
We trust in Christ's death for us
We believe in Your grace given to us
We rest in Your love lavished upon us
But we are so very aware
That we still haven't found what we are looking for.
Lord we are aware that trusting in You
Believing in You
Resting in You
Is not the end but the beginning
And we are content in the new birth Your grace brings us
We are confident in Your promise
That there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
But Lord in our contentedness and in our confidence
Do not allow the devil to get a foothold
And cause us to relax so much
That we languish in our sin, our doubts and our failings
And live lives that cause you hurt or pain or sadness.
Lord we ask you to move us on
To cause us to grow
To mould us and shape us
Lord we ask that You would inspire us
To let us see who we can become
People who reveal Your power and love and holiness
In a world of weakness, spite and hedonistic anything goes
People who mature and develop
Into stable, useful members of family, church and community.
Lord, as we pray this prayer
We are even more acutely aware
That we still haven't found what we are looking for
So Lord press us on to take hold of that
For which you have taken hold of us
Help us to make every effort
To strain towards what is ahead
To press on towards the prize
For which God calls us heavenward in Christ Jesus.