Lent: Day 3
Lay Me Down
With this heart open wide From the depths from the heights I will bring a sacrifice With these hands lifted high Hear my song hear my cry I will bring a sacrifice I will bring a sacrifice
I lay me down I'm not my own I belong to you alone Lay me down, Lay me down Hand on my heart This much is true There's no life apart from you Lay me down, Lay me down
Letting go of my pride Giving up all my rights Take this life and let it shine Take this life and let it shine
It will be my joy to say Your will, Your way Always
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
It is an unusual thing to say I am “giving up my rights”. We think that we should ‘fight’ for our rights and our entitlements - making sure we have everything that is due to us. But someone who is enthralled by the mercy of God is willing lay down their claim to rights. No right to safety or comfort. No right to success or status. No right to any earthly privilege. Laying everything down before God for His purposes and the benefit of others.
FATHER, take everything I have and everything I am and use it all however you wish for Your Kingdom.