“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:12-14)
This Sunday, the band at LifePoint will be introducing a new song. It’s called Jesus True And Only, written and performed by Austin Stone Worship based out of Austin, TX. You can watch a video performance of the song below. Lyrics are provided as well.
You were broken for the broken / You laid down Your life that I might live
A sacrifice so undeserved / And all I have to You I give
Jesus true and only / Ever reigning on Your throne
May my life be true and only Yours and Yours alone
Purified by Your affliction / You poured out Your life and I am filled
There is no one like You, Jesus / By Your wounds I have been healed
Our hearts surrender / We worship at Your throne
All for You Jesus / The true and only One
Our King Eternal / Who was and is to come
Your name is Jesus / The true and only One
Lyrics by Aaron Ivey, Jesse Reeves, Matt Carter
2015 © Austin Stone Music
Jesus True And Only is the perfect anthem for LifePoint as we begin a New Year of experiencing God’s grace and glory in Life Together. It encapsulates the Gospel in terms of our sin, God’s power to save in Christ, and our worshipful response to His supreme lordship.
The song begins, “You were broken for the broken.” When we encounter the presence of a holy God, we must acknowledge that we have sinned and fallen short of His glory (Rom. 3:23). We must confess that our hearts are wholly deceitful and untrustworthy (Jer. 17:9). Our broken lives lie in the starkest possible contrast to God’s perfect character.
But God is unfathomably gracious and chose not to leave us in our state of brokenness. He sent Jesus into the world to save sinners through “a sacrifice so undeserved” (1 Ti. 1:15) We are redeemed from sin and reconciled to God through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world through His once-and-for-all sacrifice (Jn. 1:29; Heb. 10:12).
And yet, this sacrificial Lamb is also our high and exalted King. The song goes on to say, “Jesus true and only, ever reigning on Your throne” and “Our King Eternal who was and is to come.” These words point us to the reality that the Lamb who died is also the King who forever reigns. No one compares to Him. No one rivals Him in His excellence and power. He stands alone. And therefore He is worthy of our complete and total surrender.
So as we begin a New Year of Life Together, let’s swear solemn allegiance to Christ and His Kingdom. Let’s wave a white flag of repentance, faith and absolute abandon of anything that stands in the way of receiving more of His sovereign grace. Or as the apostle Paul said, let’s “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14) For us, there’s no greater aim than this. Therefore, we should commit ourselves to it wholeheartedly in 2016.
Finally, as we consider these things, allow me to leave you with a centuries-old prayer for the New Year. These words from an old Puritan prayer book called The Valley of Vision are, I believe, incredibly poignant as we prepare, not only for the Lord’s Day, but for a new year of worshiping together. Let’s pray, meditate upon, and marinate in them. They’re worthy of our careful attention.
Length of days does not profit me
except the days are passed in Thy presence,
in Thy service, to Thy glory.
Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides,
sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour,
that I may not be one moment apart from Thee,
but may rely on Thy Spirit
to supply every thought,
speak in every word,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every mote of faith,
and give me a desire
to show forth Thy praise;
testify Thy love,
advance Thy kingdom.
I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
with Thee, O Father as my harbour,
Thee, O Son, at my helm,
Thee O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.
Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,
my lamp burning,
my ear open to Thy calls,
my heart full of love,
my soul free.
Give me Thy grace to sanctify me,
Thy comforts to cheer,
Thy wisdom to teach,
Thy right hand to guide,
Thy counsel to instruct,
Thy law to judge,
Thy presence to stabilize.
May Thy fear be my awe,
Thy triumphs my joy.
(“New Year” from The Valley Of Vision: A Collection Of Puritan Prayers And Devotions, Arthur Bennett, 1975 Banner Of Truth Trust, pp. 206-207)
Liturgy for Sunday, January 03, 2016:
Prelude: All Creatures of Our God And King
Call to Worship: 1 Timothy 3:16, Elder Prayer
Prayer For The New Year (from Valley of Vision, quoted above)
Benediction: Psalm 20:1b, 4-5