I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way.
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave.
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will.
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still.
But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross.
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace.
Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life
Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me.
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose.
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You.
We sing this song at church sometimes and I love it. It’s full of rich truths that are always challenging no matter “how good” of a day I’m having – whether I feel righteous (and need to be reminded of my sin) or I am very aware of my depravity (and need to be reminded of His grace).
I think last summer daddy told us about something one of our elders shared about emphasizing that all we have is Christ.
I was thinking about Lauren’s talk to us about “The Lord is my shepherd,” and how putting emphasis on different words can help us understand it better, and then we were singing “All I Have is Christ,” and I started doing it with the first line of the chorus.
All: Christ is everything. All that matters, all we truly have.
I: “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” – He is mine; I know Him; I belong to Him.
Have: Christ is our only lasting possession, and all that is really “ours,” for all on earth that we have is only ours to steward.
Is: Not someday future, but now.
Christ: He isn’t something trivial; it is Christ, the very Son of God, the glorious image of God, Him who fills all in all, who is far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named.
And like “The Lord is my shepherd,” it’s five words, for your five fingers that are with you all day long to remind you – “All I have is Christ.”
*song lyrics by Jordan Kauflin