by Christi Gordon
Your kindness leads me to repentance
Your goodness draws me to Your side
Your mercy calls me to be like You
Your favor is my delight
Every day, I’ll awaken my praise
And pour out a song from my heart
~ You Are Good by Kari Jobe
I want to break these lines down, because there are some simple truths that are precious, but often overlooked.
Your kindness leads us to repentance. Only in the face of perfect love, will crippling shame fade away, and be replaced by humility and gratitude. Gratitude of the weight of God’s forgiveness leads to repentance, which is the sincere regret of one’s actions combined with the desire to do what is right and make changes to correct wrong behavior. May we meditate on what His forgiveness means for our lives, and make changes to do the right thing out of a sincere love for Him.
Your goodness draws me to Your side. Often times we as sinners don’t feel confidence to approach God, because we feel unworthy or not good enough. But when we realize that, as Psalm 16 says, “our goodness is nothing apart from Him,” we can take confidence in God’s goodness to be our righteousness. No longer are we separated from God because we aren’t good enough….now we can trust Christ to BE our goodness and clothe us in His righteousness. He draws us to Himself through His goodness.
Your mercy calls me to be like You. When you realize the incredible weight of God’s mercy, then you have no room for pride. First realizing how God abhors sin and will have nothing to do with it, then watching the way He redeemed us through the cross, you see what amazing mercy and love He has on us. God saved us, “WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS”, Romans says. That means He knew us fully, all our flaws and failures, but chose to give us a second chance we didn’t deserve. That is mercy! And that mercy changes our hearts to be more like Christ.
Your favor is my delight. Too often we care about what people think and stress ourselves out by being people pleasers. Yet, really the only opinion that matters is God’s opinion. Getting into His Word shows the way He feels and thinks about us, and it’s beautiful. We should delight in God’s favor alone, not the shifting sands of people’s favor that can just as quickly be taken away as it was given. God is pleased with His children, and has favor on them because of what Christ did on the cross. When you realize you are a loved child of God, you start to care only about what He says about you and you can delight in His favor.
Every day, I’ll awaken my praise. How many of us awaken our praise EVERY DAY? I know I don’t. Psalms repeats the phrase, “bless the Lord oh my soul,” over and over. This is a command David gives to his heart to praise God even on the hardest days. He is taking command of his heart and not letting it be governed by feelings. Many days we don’t feel like praising God, but it is essential not to let our praise sleep and die in the face of hardships. Praising God is what gives us strength to get through hardships. Trust me I know from experience. I had a pastor who once challenged me to “stir my affections for Christ.” I’ll never forget that. When you love someone, you want to spend time with them, talk to them, tell them how awesome they are, etc. By doing that, you are stirring your affections even deeper for that person. The same goes for Christ. In order to awaken our praise, we have to stir our affections for Him through prayer, reading His Word, spending time in His creation meditating on who He is, etc.
And pour out a song from my heart. When you are filled with God’s presence and gratitude for who He is and what He’s done for you, you can’t help but pour out your gratitude to Him. This is not just repeating the words of a worship song because it’s the song chosen for that Sunday. This is an overflow of gratitude and worship. And it doesn’t have to be just on Sunday. Pour out songs from your heart every day because God is truly GOOD and our goodness is nothing apart from Him.