We’ve been memorizing the hymn “We Rest on Thee” as a community of faith this month. It has been sweet to savor this posture in the Lord. As we gather this Sunday to declare our dependence upon Christ and His resurrection, consider this prayer when we sing verse 3 of “We Rest on Thee”.
“We go in faith our own great weakness feeling”
Lord, I feel so weak. I’ve tried to live my own way and see again and again that I have nothing to bring to the table. Apart from Christ, I have nothing (John 15:5). So, with the same faith you gave me and the same grace you saved me, would you help me look to Christ in faith today?
“And needing more each day thy grace to know”
Lord, as you deepen me, I acknowledge you as my daily sustenance. I need you today. “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matt 6:11). “Your mercies are new each day. Great is your faithfulness” (Lam 3:22-23). Would you carry me by your grace? As Peter wrote, would your Spirit, like wind in sails, direct me today (2 Pet 1:21)?
“Yet from our hearts a song of triumph peeling”
Yet, I am not defeated! In my weakness, you are seen even more so! Not only am I made strong (2 Cor 12:9-11), but also your father receives all the glory when I delight in Him (Ps 37:4, Eph 1:6). I am not a slave to my sin, but an heir to God and co-heir with Christ! I am His child. My heart was impoverished, but now…together with Christ, I am made rich in Him.
“We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.”
This is the song of my heart! Why haven’t I boasted more in my utter dependence upon Christ? May this “peeling” burst forth to bold proclamation of Jesus in my life! He is my hope of Glory…not myself (Col 1:27, Gal 2:20). Guide me on this path today as I go (Prov 3:5-6).