Early Friday morning I went for a two-mile walk with my MP3 player and worship music. I chose to walk that morning in an area where I have long stretches with sidewalks around subdivisions, rather than through them. I feel free as I walk to sing aloud and raise my hands in praise. The weather was cool even though the sun was shining. I didn’t meet one person on my walk. As the songs rolls through my MP 3 player I just worshipped and prayed.
There is, however, one line in one song that makes me cry every time it comes up. And, of course, it came up Friday morning. The song is “Jesus Loves Me” by Chris Tomlin. And the line goes, “Jesus, how can it be, He loves me, He is for me.” (There’s a YouTube link at the bottom.)
I am always amazed when I hear that line in the song about Jesus being for us because I was raised in a denomination which presented God in a very different way. Always I was on edge that this All-Powerful God was angry with me and looking for ways to exclude me from His grace and presence. Oh, how, wrong that was.
Jesus is for us. He is not against us. In fact, as Paul explains it, when God is for us, who can be against us? There is nothing strong enough to stand against or overpower the God Who is for us. And Paul reminds us that we know God is for us because He didn’t even withhold His Only Son but gave Him up for us. [Rom 8:31-39]
“Jesus, how can it be, He loves me, He is for me.” That gets me every time.