As we walk our faiths journey becoming more and more like the Christ of God, we find, on occasions, that the precise quality of our faith and journey are difficult to determine. Many of our experiences are subjective and therefore difficult to pass on to others, as they pertain to my own personal walk, we can even create a sense of lack in others if they are led to feel unable to enter into these experiences that our worlds are often filled with.
However we have many life stories and recording of experiences of men and women, who have displayed their closeness to the Father which in no doubt become a provocation on our journeys.
Our lives must have these signs and helps to those who w ear still to encourage in their walk towards God. One of these constant experiences outlined by the saints gone by, is to sing of mercy and to be redesigned by judgments, these to would appear to most Christians a suitable expression of their feelings. David seems to express in a review of his life that both mercy and judgements are proper grounds for praise and thanksgiving, along with the determination given by the Holy Spirit to praise God for them.
Psalm 101:1 has in its opening lines this declaration “My theme song is God’s love and justice…” this started me thinking down a number of avenues, the first being, what is my theme song?
is it of the Fathers love, the magnificent justice of a creator that has the ability to rule in my life?
A theme in my view captures a life, it sums up a whole life, it’s the overarching bias and constant experience of a life. I wonder what theme my life has caught or is under girded with?
The phrase theme song or may be, more popularly said, a signature tune may be used to refer to a song that has become especially associated with a particular performer or dignitary; often used as they make an entrance. Examples of this association include: the President of the United States with “Hail to the Chief”; the Queen with our national anthem, a song or tune directly associated with a person. The purpose of the music is to connect a person with some truth, aspect of their lives or their status in life then. It is also used to establish a mood for an event or show. In terms of a show I it provides an audible cue that a particular show is beginning, the lyrics of the theme song provide some necessary exposition for people unfamiliar with the show or event.
So what is your theme song? What does your life sing of? What song will be associated to you and used to herald your entrance. Will it be a positive of negative theme, are we those who are looking to communicate the great love of God, or the challenge of the walk, being near to depression with the weight of responsibility? What theme proceeds us as we enter a room, live life, is there a running and hiding from us? a people saying o here comes pressure? On the other hand it could be such a theme of overwhelming joy that all want to be in your company, for the theme to rub off? The mood we create by the theme of our inner life?
Before you go away thinking well I do not create a mood, I wanted this simple opening stanza to assist us in realising how we can change the theme of our song, to create an opening and heralding an arrival that all would wish to create. Rather than give up, consider what your inner life dwells upon.
“My theme song is God’s love and justice” the song that I should take hold of inside and allow to be the song that precedes me, is the love of God, being overwhelmed, revelling in his love for me, never mind how unlovely I see me, He loves me unreservedly. This is the beginning of the rewriting of my inner theme, allowing the nature and theme of God’s Love and justice to be my constant thought of him.
The dealings of the Father with us as his people, display the wisdom and goodness of God.
Consider the mix of these two foundations for a theme song, love and justice, mercy and judgments. Mercies, if unmixed, would “exalt us above measure;” and judgments, if unmixed, would sink us into despondency. A ship needs both sails and ballast, to carry it forward in safety: and so the Christian needs a diversity, in order to accomplish in them the purposes of God’s grace. God sends them to his people to
– Form them into the divine image. So that the perfection of a Christian consists not in one grace, or even in one set of graces, but in a combination of all the graces which are suited to a redeemed soul, and calculated to advance the honour of our God.
– Stimulate them on their way to glory. Mercies have a tendency to fill the soul with love to God, and to make it pant for the full enjoyment of God in heaven. Judgments also operate to the same end, by weaning the soul from present things, and causing it to long for that rest which is in Christ
The saints in every age have acknowledged the goodness of God in them
Now let me ask again “What theme song do you have?” Bathe your mind and heart in his love and mercy revel in his judgments and justice so that our theme can be as one song sung in heaven!