Song + Verse: 06.08.2020

This week’s Song + Verse. Your reminder to make time for Jesus today, give Him the praise He deserves and consider all He’s done. Consider listening to this song and meditating on these verses when you see this. I’ve written a snippet at the end, and I would love to hear from you guys in the comments here or DMs on Instagram (@gabrielle____r). What are your thoughts? What songs and passages have been on your mind lately? Share what God is doing. Enjoy!

Glorious Father – UPPERROOM
From the old
Came the new
Beautiful creation
Out of ashes
And dust
I arose in Your brilliance

Glorious Father
Righteous Savior
You gave me a new name
Glorious Father
Righteous Savior
You gave me a new name

Like gold
Purified
I could see the image
Of a Man
Who gave up His life
Now I reflect the mighty Jesus

Glorious Father
Righteous Savior
You gave me a new name
Glorious Father
Righteous Savior
You gave me a new name

I arose in Your beauty
Your beauty
It changed me
I arose in Your beauty
Your beauty
It changed me

Glorious Father
Righteous Savior
You gave me a new name
Glorious Father
Righteous Savior
You gave me a new name

Isaiah 61:1-3
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”

Genesis 17:1-7
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before Me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make My covenant between Me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, “As for Me, this is My covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish My covenant as an everlasting covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.

Just as Christ loved us (enough to die for us while we were still in sin), we are called to love others the same way. We’re called to follow His footsteps. We have been given renewed hearts and minds, we’ve been given spirits aligned with His, we’ve been given the ability to love like that through our faith in Christ. We too have been called to bring hope to the earth like that which we see in Isaiah 61. To show people how beauty can come from ashes. To show people what a glorious father we have. Jesus set the example for this and made a way for us to follow it through His sacrifice. He gave us new identity in Him that makes it all possible.

With that, I want to consider “You gave me a new name”. It’s not just about what you’re called. It’s about that identity I just mentioned. That’s seen throughout the song through mentions of now reflecting Jesus, rising up in His beauty as a changed person, and just that first line saying “from the old came the new”. I think of Abram’s name being changed to Abraham, Jacob’s being changed to Israel. I think of how these occurred along with promises from or encounters with God, not their random decision. Upon Abraham receiving this new name, he was given the promise that he’d be the father over many nations. He had a new identity as one of the patriarchs. It wasn’t just God deciding He liked the sound of “Abraham” more. There was a purpose for this new identity.

To be clear, my point is not that if you haven’t had your name changed you are not saved and reborn. My point is that it’s important for us to recognize our new identity, its purpose, and the fact that it comes from Christ. More importantly, we must recognize His identity. If our new identity is from Christ, what better way to learn about it than by learning about Him?

Thank you for reading! Identity has been on my mind a lot lately, and I’ve been brought back over and over to the awareness that my identity is in Christ. When I feel lost in the search for identity, I’m always reminded that through seeking Christ first I will be reminded of who I am. I am His, fully loved, made righteous, and called to share His truth. I pray this week you find the opportunity to spend time with Jesus and rest in the identity He has for you. Abide in Him. May He bless you and keep you. Have a wonderful week!


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