Marvelous Light by Charlie Hall
I once was fatherless,
a stranger with no hope;
Your kindness wakened me,
Awakened me, from my sleep
Your love it beckons deeply,
a call to come and die.
By grace now I will come
And take this life, take your life.
Sin has lost it's power,
death has lost it's sting.
From the grave you've risen
Into marvelous light I'm running,
Out of darkness, out of shame.
By the cross you are the truth,
You are the life, you are the way
My dead heart now is beating,
My deepest stains now clean.
Your breath fills up my lungs.
Now I'm free. now I'm free!
Lift my hands and spin around,
See the light that i have found.
Oh the marvelous light
This song, you guys. We led this song for worship for the first time last week (Wait, when was it? I don't know. Recently.), and I loved it then. Now, I absolutely love it, because it's speaking to me on an entirely different level after having read Day 2 of the Hosea study.
1 Peter 2:9-10 says:
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy,but now you have received mercy. (NASB)
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (NIV)
But you are a chosen people, set aside to be a royal order of priests, a holy nation, God’s own; so that you may proclaim the wondrous acts of the One who called you out of inky darkness into shimmering light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received it. (VOICE)
His light is marvelous, wonderful, and shimmering. (Insert a glittery star emoji, and heart eyes, and the dancing woman here.) We have received His mercy! We are the people of God!
It's easy to get excited about, but then again it's easy to forget. And it's even easier yet to feel unworthy, but isn't that the beauty of it? "Mercy isn't earned or deserved," says my study Bible. And amen. It is only by His sweet, undeserved Grace -- His amazing Grace -- that we have received His Mercy.
Last week, our pastor said, "I am more sinful and wicked than I'd ever dare believe. But I am more accepted and loved than I'd ever dare to hope." That is so beautiful, especially as it corresponds with what She Reads Truth says: "Receiving sight isn't so miraculous if you weren't once blind." And oh, my gosh. I can be so blind sometimes (most of the time, probably).
Understanding mercy and grace isn't easy. I think actually accepting mercy and grace is even harder, because we all know we're sinners. We all know our own pasts better than anyone, aside from God. We know our past sins of the flesh, of the heart, and of the mind, and knowing my own past, I think, How could I of all people be given grace so freely? What does that even mean? How is this possible?
And this is where God steps in and reminds me through my Bible studies, through my private times of worship, and through my Sunday mornings at church, that where my sin abounds, His grace abounds much more.