Throughout life, I find that God speaks to me in different ways. One way is through lyrics in songs. I’ll start to notice that the same song will be on the radio when I am driving somewhere. When I turn the radio on in the house. The more I ignore His urging to pay attention, the more often I hear the song! There have been times I’ve even switched the station to get a new song and the same song will be playing! There are currently two songs I’ve heard (for my benefit) frequently. We’ve also been singing them in church for worship time. The first song is, Your Grace Finds Me, by Matt Redman. The second song (also written by Matt Redman) is Never Once by One Sonic Society. Both contain this powerful phrase that I’ve been contemplating:
“Every step, we are breathing in Your grace. Evermore we’ll be breathing out Your praise”
I went through a time of change in life where I would sometimes say to my family and friends, “I deserve better than….”. This was often met with the answer, “What you/we all deserve is eternal damnation”, or something along those lines. (If you’re comforting someone, I don’t recommend using that line!) I feel some Christians focus on the prospect of what we actually deserve, which is death, so much that they miss out on the entirety of the gift of God’s grace. It is clear to me that God sent His only Son to die for our sins. We are forgiven. As long as Jesus is our Lord and Savior, we don’t have to live in the shadow of what we deserve (though it’s good to remember at times because it magnifies the gift He’s given us).
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). and ” Therefore, there is now no condemnation* for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:1-2).
Because Christ paid the penalty for our sins, we don’t have to carry the weight of our sins. (I know the weight of my own sin would be too heavy on my shoulders!) In reflecting on the phrase, “Every step, we are breathing in Your grace. Evermore we’ll be breathing out Your praise”, I truly believe God cancels out my sin. This frees my mind to enjoy the beauty God has surrounded us with. What a great healing it is to be able to breathe in that grace. I’m unable to find a word that adequately describes this feeling for me. The physical relief that comes with God’s grace. I do know that because of His grace, it’s virtually impossible for me to stay silent about His wonders.
“God, thank you for your never-ending grace. I’m continually amazed and thankful that you love me and meet me right where I’m at. May I always be mindful of this great gift and praise you often for the many blessings you’ve given me. Amen”
*In the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, Condemnation is defined as: a statement or expression of very strong and definite criticism or disapproval
An Author’s Note: This post was easy to write in my mind because it’s been on my heart. I did find it difficult to transfer my thoughts to paper. I’ve been working on this post for about a week and have revised it about 16 times. It is my hope that I’ve succeeded in my attempt to convey what that wonderful phrase means to me. Thank you for reading!