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#MWC E2.1

After a brief hiatus, Jeff is back with a new format for the Midweek Worship Connection.

Because of the Cross is a song that was written by the SongWriter’s Guild. I love this song because I feel like it does a great job of presenting the gospel and talking about what Christ has done for us. He took our sins. He bore our shame. He paid the price. He feels our pain.

I love, too, the reality that because of the cross we’ve been made spotless, our lives have purpose, we’ve been set free… and then when we get to the bridge, it’s really just a heart of gratitude: “Jesus, we thank You for the cross. Oh, the price You paid for us! Jesus we thank You for Your love washing over us.”

Because of the Cross (written by Keith Byler | Rocky Favia, Jr | Jeff Kaufman | Jeff Polen)

He took our sins, He bore our shame
He paid the price, He feels our pain
He has made the sacrifice
And through His death, we now have life

Because of the cross, we’ve been made spotless
By the blood shed on that tree
Because of the cross, our lives have purpose
Through His love, we’ve been set free

Jesus, we thank You for the cross
Oh, the price You paid for us!
Jesus, we thank You for Your love
Washing over us

Because of the cross, we’ve been made spotless
By the blood shed on that tree
Because of the cross, our lives have purpose
Through His love, we’ve been set free
Oh, we are free!

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I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
– Psalm 9:1, ESV

My youngest daughter has a funny habit of praying whatever silly thing comes to her mind. She has not yet been trained to pray “correctly”. She doesn’t yet know all of the ins and outs of a “real” prayer. Her Christian vocabulary is really quite small. Because of this, she tends to just pray from her heart.

And it is so refreshing!

On many occasions, particularly just before we eat or just before we sleep, she will offer to pray. (How can you turn that down?!) What often follows is a pair of cute, little, folded hands, a head that begins as bowed and eyes that begin as closed. They are intensely closed, actually. And she begins to simply speak from her heart to the almighty, all-loving, ever-listening God of the universe. And it sounds something like this:

“God, thank You for my mommy. Thank You for my daddy. Thank You for Taylor. Thank You for Abigail. Thank You for Piper. Thank You for Elijah. Thank You for me. Thank You for food. Thank You for sleep. Thank You for our house. Thank You for our carpet. Thank You for my bed. Thank You for our car. Thank You for my pillow. Thank You for my soft blanket. Thank You for my crayons. Thank You for books. Thank You for my fingers. Thank You for…”

…and on and on and on she goes…

And I can’t help but feel at least somewhat convicted.

Am I as quick to give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart? Am I as quick to give Him credit for every good and perfect gift in my life (see James 1:17)?

I don’t think I am, but I want to be. This week, as we prepare our hearts for celebrating Thanksgiving, let’s take a moment to consider the many ways in which we have been truly and abundantly blessed by God! Let’s take our cue from the Psalmist (and my precious daughter):

“I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.” (Psalm 9:1, ESV)

 

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