If His Jukebox Took Requests…

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I surrender all
I surrender all
all to Jesus
I surrender
I surrender all

Those were the words playing on repeat as I opened my eyes this morning. They were playing to the tune of the familiar “I Surrender All” song.

I was thankful for the early morning wake up call of what I should do. In a world that is full of distractions, I admit that this surrendering process is a struggle for me to do sometimes (lots of times).

Lord, can I request this song every single morning? I need the jukebox you’ve planted in my heart to play this one all the time.  

After getting my coffee, I sat down and read today’s devotional. One of the verses was Psalm 89: 15-16

“Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long: they exult in your righteousness.”

This faith walk is such an ongoing journey of learning and unlearning and learning again. I often forget to acclaim Him.  I often forget to walk in His light.  I often forget to rejoice in His name.

The words to that old familiar tune reminded me this morning that these verses of scripture are only possible to live out when our hearts remain in that humble position of worship and gratitude.

We must always be choosing to let go in order to receive.

We must relinquish our plans, our thoughts, our dreams, our time…everything…in order to make room for and be filled with what is best for us.

We must empty out us before we can be filled with Him. 

That’s a vulnerable choice to make, isn’t it?  Recovering control freaks such as myself will break out in a sweat and squirm in their seats just thinking about this kind of vulnerability.

I fail miserably at this more often than I like to admit.  I keep wanting to take control and do the filling myself.  It’s a vicious cycle to get trapped in too because, in an effort to fill, I grasp for things that don’t last and those things quickly slip through my fingers.  I know this.  I’ve been on this journey long enough to know that this is what happens. And yet, it seems like I must relearn this truth all the time.

When I forget to surrender, I forget the most beautiful thing about this whole following Jesus lifestyle.

His Kingdom is here… streams of living water flow freely and endlessly inside.

The only thing I must remember to do is surrender in order to receive.

Lord, help me, help us to do that today.


2 thoughts on “If His Jukebox Took Requests…

  1. TC Avey

    I thought of John the Baptist as I read this, “He must increase and I must decrease”.
    This is something I’ve learned and re-learned a million times in my life. I tend to like to control things, to move things at my pace…but when I slow down, when I realize how much I need God and how much He longs to be part of every aspect of my life, I’m humbled and in awe of such love. Makes me wonder why I ever try to do anything on my own.

  2. Bill (cycelguy)

    I don’t know how many times I have read Psalms and never really caught this verse. I had to do some searching and found it in the NIV. That explains it! 🙂 I use the ESV. Anyway, I absolutely love that verse and how it is worded. Gonna have to print that one out. Thanks for opening my eyes Eileen.


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