Songs for Sunday – 5/31/2020

Who am I?

This is one of the biggest questions for people all over the world. We struggle with finding, knowing, and living in our own identities. So many things in the world try and define us and give us an identity that is artificial to us – or that produces an artificial nature in us.

So, what gives us our identities? Our jobs? Our families? Our successes? Our failures? Who or what can define us?

Genesis 1:26-27 says:

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Creation gives us at least a peak at our original identity as God intended it, but a lot has happened since “the beginning”. I know, for me, I try to allow my failures to define me to the point that I do not even notice my strengths. I have struggled with letting work and other people define me. And, somewhere along the way, I lost myself for a number of years. I forgot that I am made in the image of God – that I am His.

This is where the gospel – the good news – comes into play. All of Creation is messed up because of sin, but there is redemption to be found in Christ Jesus. He took our sin to the cross and makes us new again – not “good as new” but genuinely new creations in Him (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).

Who He says we are matters. It matters more than any voice around, because He created us. Jesus in John 8:34-36 says,

“Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

And that’s what we’re singing about this week. We are singing about being washed clean from our sins and resting in the identity that we are given in Christ. We are reminding ourselves that we have reason to praise King Jesus because He has saved us and given us everlasting life. And we can join in with the angels in heaven and sing to him, telling Him that He is holy and worthy and mighty and adore Him together!

These verses were on my heart as the worship set came together this week:

  • Psalm 51:2 — Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!
  • Psalm 51:7 — Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
  • Jeremiah 33:8 — [God says] I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive the guild of their sin and rebellion against me.
  • 1 John 1:9 — If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
  • Titus 3:4-5 — But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit….

Here are our songs:

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