Even As I Have Been Fully Known: February 10 (Hebrews 12:1-14)

Hebrews 12:1-14

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
    nor be weary when reproved by him.
For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
    and chastises every son whom he receives.”

It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

Your Sovereign Hand

Verse 1:

G                                      D

Weight bears down, sin clings so close

      Em                                    C

My knees are weak, please don’t let go

       G                                             D

You call me “child,” who are my King and Lord

            Em                                               C             G    D

Call me to your way, where  you have gone before

                                                          Em            C

You call me nowhere you’ve not gone before

Verse 2:

  G                                D

I wrestle you, put up such a fight,

                         Em                                C

But you won’t give me o’er to these dead desires

                     G                                        D

Come and change my heart, soft within your hand

                  Em                                     C                 G     D

Taught to love your law, trained by your commands

                                     Em         C

Sweet like honey, your commands

Chorus:

G                                      D

I’ll make straight paths, I’ll lift my hands

     Em        C          Em     D

I’ll run to you, I’ll run to you

G                                     D

I choose straight paths, I lift these hands

  Em     C         Em-D  G

I run to you, I run to you

Verse 3:

             G                                       D

On my champion now, may my gaze be fixed,

                  Em                            C

Wake this weary heart, that I may resist

               G                                           D

Help me look to him, the one who did endure

           Em                                              C          G   D

By his strength, I run, who made my end secure

                                    Em         C

By his work, I run this race secure

Repeat Chorus

Bridge:

                    C                     Em

This world means it for evil

               G                  D

But you mean it for good

          C                Em             D

I submit to Your sovereign hand         (x2)

                     C                     Em

This world means it for evil

                G                  D

But you mean it for good

          C                  Em             D

I can rest in Your sovereign hand

                     C                    Em

This world means it for evil

               G                   D

But you mean it for good

           C               Em                  D

I’m at rest in my Father’s sovereign hand

Repeat Chorus

Words and Music by Lauren Wrenn 2016