Friday, January 18, 2013

"To Look Above" 

   "We bow our heads to look above." 
While this song lyric may seem like seem contradictory in natural terms, born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ understand the truth that our clearest and highest view of spiritual reality comes when we assume the lowest posture of humility.   

"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up" (James 4:10).   

Pride blinds us to truth, the truth about God, ourselves, and others.  We forget that our Lord occupies a singular place in His divine being and existence - "Thou art God alone" (Psalm 86:10).  We ignore our complete dependence on Him - "He giveth to all life and breath and all things" (Acts 17:25).  We turn away from the Christ-enabled humility whereby we walk in the quality of His sublime character - "let each esteem others better than themselves" (Psalm 2:3).  Indeed, we stumble in blindness when we promote ourselves rather than kneeling upon the knees of our heart to glorify the Lord Jesus and seek the furtherance and blessing of others.   

We scale the summit to gaze upon vistas of wonder when "we bow our heads to look above."  The humility of Christ lifts us up and clarifies our vision to rightly see God.  In that holy light, we rightly view ourselves and others.  This is peace, and there is no other tranquility of heart and mind.  Glorious scenes await us from the lowly place that actually offers the highest and clearest view of this day, and forever.
"In reverence, Lord, we come to Thee.
We bow our heads to look above.
We give our hearts to ponder Thee
,in wondering awe, and grateful love.How can it be, Lord, that You love us sowhen we have fallen so fa
I do not think that we will ever know,and so I kneel, o Lord."

"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.  And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

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