There’s an album from Hillsong called Beautiful Exchange, and the title song summarises what happens when we submit to Christ and allow Him to rule and reign within us. It is a beautiful exchange, but it’s also extreme, improbable and truly remarkable beyond words. Christ took our sins, our shame, our weaknesses, and all our filth. It was wiped away with the holiest of bloods to ever walk the earth. He took the worst parts of us and gave us His righteousness, joy, freedom and victory. It’s an exchange beyond human reason, but that’s how much God loves us.
Here Now (Madness), another musical Hillsong creation, states:
When justice called for all my debts
The Friend of sinners came instead
Every time I hear that truth, I’m thankful that I know it and have the choice of living in it daily. Christ died for all of you. All your tragedies and triumphs, hurts and heroics. He wants it all, even the parts of you that you hide from others or deny that exist within you. He sees all of you, and He’s not turning away. Be yourself before Him. That’s what I love about the Psalms. It’s so real and raw. It’s people like King David just unashamedly expressing themselves before their Creator.
Look at Psalm 22
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest.
and then Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
The Bible covers the whole range of the human, emotional experience. The highs and lows. He recorded it in the Word to remind us that we don’t have to hold anything back when we express ourselves to Him, and especially when we live for Him.
Simply put, God wants all of you. He gave all of Himself.
“All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”