Confidence

2. Let the world despise and leave me, 
They have left my Saviour, too.
Human hearts and looks deceive me; 
Thou art not, like them, untrue.
O while Thou dost smile upon me, 
God of wisdom, love, and might,
Foes may hate and friends disown me, 
Show Thy face and all is bright.

 

Prayer:

Lord when I depend much on others praise,
on the cheers and merits the world offers me,
When I am left abandoned and sometimes hurt,
Show your face and sustain me in this day and in every situation.
I place my confidence in you alone.
Show your face, let me see your smile and be assured in this day.
The grace I seek is that I may know your full embrace
and the power of your resurrection. Amen.

Philippians 3: 7-11

The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ—God’s righteousness.

I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it.