You are my strength when I am weak You are the treasure that I seek You are my all in all.
Seeking You as a precious jewel Lord to give up I’d be a fool! You are my all in all.
Taking my sin, my cross, my shame; Rising again I bless your name,
You are my all in all.
When I fall down You pick me up. When I am dry You fill my cup. You are my all in all.
Jesus, Lamb of God… worthy is Your name. Jesus, Lamb of God.. worthy is Your name.”
Ever since I first heard this song I have loved it. Aside from the fact that it has a beautiful, easy-to-remember melody, this song contains words that come straight from my heart. Although I can by no means claim authorship of it, these words are the echo of the greatest joy in my life – Jesus is my all in all! Perhaps the words would seem simple to the casual reader, but I have discovered deep wells of truth within them. I have neither space nor ability to record everything that you could learn from this song. But allow me to give just a brief overview of each phrase and what it means to me.
• “You are my strength when I am weak…”
Until you’ve experienced a time in your life when you truly were too weak to do anything on your own, you probably won’t be able to fully understand this part of the song. But if you have ever come to a point in your life like this, you’ll agree with me that this is a wonderful, precious aspect of our Lord. The weaker I get the stronger He becomes. When we reach that place where we can’t do anything on our own, Christ steps in and takes over from there. There have been so many times in my life when I just honestly didn’t have the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual strength to go any further… and those were some of the best times in my whole life! Because then I could simply ask God to take control of the situation, and He always does! I can rest in Him completely and have not a shade of a doubt that He’ll take care of everything. Oh what a mighty strength and peaceful rest I find ‘beneath the shadow of the Almighty’!
“My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26 “And He (God) said unto me, ‘My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in [your] weakness…” 2 Corinthians 12:9
“He (God) giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength…” Isaiah 40:29
• “….You are the treasure that I seek…”
What do you think of when you hear the word ‘treasure’? I think an image that comes to most minds is a cedar box of sparkly jewels, or expensive jewelry of some sort. Or perhaps you think of a briefcase full of money. I think that my own personal ‘treasure image’ that comes to mind are the faces of people dear to me. Men and women have, throughout the history of time, spent their lives seeking for whatever their treasure happened to be. Thousands of lives are given in the pursuit of money and possessions… power… ———- (you fill in the blank). People need to put the same effort, yea, infinitely greater effort into attaining the most precious treasure on earth- the Lord Jesus Christ! To have a close relationship with Him is the greatest fortune you could ever have. You should devote your every waking moment to seeking after Him, learning more about Him, loving Him, serving Him. Make Jesus and the occupation of seeking after Him of the utmost importance and first priority in life! HE is your treasure!! “Seek the LORD and His strength, seek His face continually.” 1Chronicles 16:11. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness..” Matthew 6:33.
• “…. seeking You as a precious jewel, Lord to give up I’d be a fool…”
For all of you art lovers, imagine Leonard Davinci putting his finishing strokes into his master piece, the “Mona Lisa”. Then, after gazing at it intently and remarking how it truly was a lovely piece, dipping his paint brush in rich black paint and drawing a huge ugly “X” right over the top of it. Let’s bring it a little closer to ‘real life’: What if you’re a home maker? Pretend that you’ve spent hours laboring over an amazing, seven-course meal. After finally getting everything to absolute perfection, you give a sigh of satisfaction over your success. Then you take the whole meal out and throw it in your dumpster. Naturally you think these illustrations are absolutely ridiculous! No one in their right mind would ever consider doing something like that! Yet, let me ask you, how often do we commit an act similarly ridiculous? As I mentioned earlier, Jesus Christ truly is our treasure in life. But so often we neglect Him. So often we allow other, unimportant things to take priority over our precious Lord. It is so fearfully easy to backslide in our Christian life. To get out of that special place of communion that we can share with Christ. This goes beyond ridiculous in my mind. This is just flat out criminal! Please don’t think I’m judging anyone…. The only one I’m thinking of as I write this is myself. How could I ever ignore my King sometimes just so I can do some trivial ‘nothing’?! Let’s not be fools in this way. But rather let us daily and continually spend time before Him, seeking to develop our relationship with Him and seek to discover His will for our lives. “[Oh Lord] incline my heart unto Thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity, and quicken Thou me in Thy ways.” Psalm 119:36-37
• “Taking my sin, my cross, my shame…” Do you have any idea how great a price Christ paid for your soul? To me it is totally mind-boggling! I don’t think
that in this lifetime I will ever be able to fully comprehend what my Lord has done for me in saving my soul. I think that only when I get to heaven will the full comprehension be given me. But, to a small extent, I can understand it now. Jesus Christ came to earth approximately 2000 years ago; lived a perfect, sinless life; and then took upon Himself MY sin and MY shame. And, in MY place, submitted to the punishment that a holy God had to bestow on this sinful girl(me). In my wickedness I deserve not only the horrors of the cross, but also to spend eternity in hell- it is no more than just reward for my sin. But Jesus- because of His great love- made it possible for me to escape all of it. He endured the agonies in my place!
“But He (Jesus) was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53: 5-6
“But God commended His love towards us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Romans 5:8-9
• “… rising again I bless Your name…” Take a moment to consider everything that God has
done for us. Well… I take that back- you need much longer than a moment to just consider a fraction of what God has done! His works are more numerous than the stars in the heavens and all the sands in the seas put together! What an awesome God we have!!! He has made this big, beautiful world. Nature herself cries out with a innumerable examples of His majesty. He has made the Universe- all of space with the planets, stars, sun, moons galaxies, and much more. He has made the complex human body. His only Son (as we discussed earlier) paid an unimaginable price for our souls. And this is but the beginning of the list! How can we ever think that we have excuse to neglect praising the Lord??? Our every breath should be issuing out thanksgiving to our Maker. I fall so short of this so often – ‘Lord forgive my cold heart! Help me to praise you as I should!’
“Many, O LORD my God, are Thy works which Thou hast done, and Thy thoughts which are to usward: they cannot be reckoned up in order to Thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more then can be numbered.” Psalm 40:5
“I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall be continually in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord… O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together.” Psalm 34: 1-3
• “When I fall down You pick me up…”
This I think is one of the most precious attributes of our dear Lord. The fact that, no matter what I’ve done, or how many times I’ve failed Him, He’s always there beside me offering His forgiveness and the strength to stand up and try again. Although you might be a born-again believer, you are still going to have times when that sin nature of yours gets the better of you. (Unless you stay completely and continually surrendered to Christ- allowing His spirit to flow through you.) The LORD that you love more than life itself, you will still sometimes fail. Horrible as this sad reality might be, there yet remains a shining ray of hope- Jesus Christ loves you and will forgive you! Come to this merciful Father in a true spirit of humility (Ps. 51:17), confess your sin before Him, and He will pick you up and sit you on solid ground again. What a wonderful God we have!
“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy… He hath not dealt with us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth all them that fear Him. For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust… the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting…” Psalm 103: 8, 10-14, 17a
“…when I am dry You fill my cup…”
In just your basic text book, encyclopedia, desert story book, movie, computer, or numerous other sources you can easily find pictures of a desert. I have no doubt that you’ve all seen something similar to what I’m thinking of. You know, the seemingly unending miles of sand and hot glaring sun, not a trace of water as far as the eye can see. Everything is dead and wasted looking. Now imagine a poor traveler who has become lost in this hopeless maze. He can barely remember the last time he had a drink… his mouth is parched, his body is weak, and he’s honestly considering giving up. Suddenly a rescuer comes along; gives the tired man a drink of wonderful, cool water, picks him up and carries him to safety.
Have you ever experienced times in your life when you’ve felt as if you were this poor man? Perhaps you’ve been through a very tiring ordeal that has left you feeling wasted and just plain empty inside. There are times when, in your spiritual life, you begin feeling parched and you long for a refreshing drink of ‘water’. I know there are times when you become discouraged. (Trust me, I really do know!) Let me urge you, come to Jesus. He alone can quench your thirst. He alone is the ‘rescuer’ in the story of our lives. He can truly fill your ‘cup’. “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God…” Psalm 42: 1-2 “Jesus stood and cried, saying, ‘If any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. He that believeth in me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” John 7:37-38 “For I [the LORD] will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground…” Isaiah 43:3a
“HE is my All in All!”
As I was afraid of when I began writing this article, I have failed when it comes to describing how Jesus can be and is my all in all. In these short paragraphs, I have only scratched the surface (so to speak) of the truths held within this song. My LORD and Master far exceeds what my meager brains can fathom – and much more beyond what my simple pen can portray. But I hope that somehow I have perhaps challenged you to worship and praise Him more, and to desire a more intimate relationship with Him. Jesus Christ is my life! He is all that I have need of.
“[Oh LORD] whom have I in heaven but Thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside Thee.” (Psalm 73:25)
Christ is my salvation, my strength , my song, my Friend, my Father, my protector, my Creator, my Captain, my Beloved, my only reason for existence. He is my ALL. To HIM be all the praise and honor now and forever. As the chorus of this song says, He is the only One worthy of our adoration and complete abandonment.
Girls, I challenge you to take some time to thank God for truly being our ALL IN ALL!!!