So yesterday I listened to a pastor unpack one of my favorite verses, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6 He said when our own hearts are hard and full of self that God fights against us and that we often we feel that fight in the hardness we experience from others. Ouch, I thought. Been there, done that.
But God, more importantly, gives supernatural help and divine favor when we lay down our rights and demands and trust Him to transform the situation. We surrender our hurt and anger to God and ask Him to change both of us. Then God is free to pour out grace and help to us when we understand that we can’t do it alone, but we also know that only God truly sees the best way. His ways are perfect.
Okay, that is meaty enough. BUT here is the Holy Spirit revelation. When the pastor was talkng about how God pours out lavishly into the person who is humble before Him, the Spirit began talking about singing. He teaches us new songs about His love. He keeps singing them to us, over us, in us. He sings until we sing with Him. Then we begin to sing it to others.
In a moment He reminded me of the new worship song He is planting in my heart. I heard it “randomly”. I hit repeat, listening over and over. Then I heard it in my sleep. Then I began singing it. The other night I was singing it out loud as I was cooking dinner. My family came in and asked what I was singing? So we all listened to the song together. On the way to school the next day, the girls and I sang this new worship song together. Perfect picture of how He sings to us. All these dots connected for me in a moment, right? Here comes the kicker.
“What is your song of grace?” He asked me. Selah.
God wants our hearts to be so tender towards Him, so empty of distraction by others, that His favor blows through us, as music fills the air. And when we learn His songs of grace, we can go sing them over others. All this by way of humility.
Humble yourselves therefore under God’s mighty hand that He may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6
Here is the beautiful song… Fall Afresh, Jeremy Riddle, Loft Sessions