My faith looks up to thee, thou Lamb of Calvary, Savior divine;
Now hear me while I pray, take all my guilt away,
O let me from this day be wholly thine. —Lowell Mason
I need this song. Truthfully, I often look down at my own toes rather than "up to thee." I get bogged down in the mundane. I wonder about the importance of my position. I sometimes exhibit a distracted faith, a self focused faith. But biblical faith calls me to set my eyes on things that are above.
This old hymn captures a lot of what we will focus on in worship this week. Biblical faith is not a contentless faith or a self focused faith. Rather, it is a "looking" or trusting faith in someone beyond myself. It has content, requires assent, and brings about assurance (Heb. 11:1) to the point of a new walk. Not only this, but our opening hymn this week will remind us that the Lord is sovereign in faith, and that therefore we can cast all our cares upon him, even if those cares arise out of the valley of the shadow of death.
Thankfully, as I look to Christ it's harder to look at self. And, once 'self' is out of the way, walking by faith is a real possibility. This is something we need amid all the pain which is currently sweeping our country.
Worship Notes For Sunday, June 14, 2020 at Christ Covenant Church, Matthews NC