I surrender all

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“I surrender all,
I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.”

I’m sure many of you are familiar with this old church hymn.  I used to sing it during my college years at my family’s church.  I still remember how the old saint’s voices sounded; though at the time I really didn’t comprehend the full meaning of the lyrics.

I’m in a season where I’m learning to surrender my desires to God, it’s not that I’m throwing them away or saying they no longer matter to me; instead I’m saying “This is what I want God and this is what makes me happy but, if I don’t get what I want, I will continue to worship you.”  I’m holding my desires with an open hand, instead of in a tight-fist like a stubborn two-year-old toddler.

God wants our hearts.  Not much different than someone we are romantically involved with wanting our affection.  We struggle to put God first in our hearts.  There’s no shame in admitting that.  We might read our bible or pray first thing in the morning but often there are those desires that we think we hold locked away, out of sight and deep within our souls, often times above God.  We might not acknowledge them but they’re there.

God wants to hear about those desires, and if they are not godly well guess what; he wants to hear about them anyway!  We can’t hide anything from God.  Anger problem?  God can handle it.  Jealousy issues?  He can handle that too.  Porn problem?  He already knows.  He’s already got you covered but the first step is to open up about it.

It’s a daily process, not an overnight one.  I think we can learn to surrender a little more every day. ☺

So now I look at this song with new eyes.  I’ll leave you with the last few lines of the song.

“All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.”

“I surrender all,
I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.



5 thoughts on “I surrender all

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  2. Yes very well said. God wants intimacy with us and we are looking for intimacy in a man or woman. Intimacy is a one-on-one relationship with just two between me and God

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