Minister, publisher, educator, and lover of Christ, Margaret Douroux has written over 100 hymns during her lifetime. In one of her most popular hymns, "Give Me A Clean Heart," Douroux attempted to portray the process of salvation and our transfiguration with Christ from death to life when we ask Him to purify and restore our sinfully stained hearts.
As a lyrical confession, Douroux's hymn is one of the most renowned, and its essential lyrics highlight fundamental, evident truths we need to remind ourselves of daily. Reciting Psalm 51:10 within its melodic tune, the hymn focuses on this verse for reflection and conversation with the Father: "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me" (Psalm 51:10, NIV).
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20, ESV).
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Source: Fred Hammond
Bonus 11: "Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus)" by Chris Rice (2003)
Lover of hymns himself, Rice birthed the "Untitled Hymn" by blending sweet words with poetic imagery. Reminding us of our fallen state before Christ and our sinfulness in need of a Savior, a celebration of life asks us to come to Jesus, and today, I ask that each of us learn to do the same.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23, ESV)
A Good Friday Prayer
Lord, over 2,000 years ago, your bleeding body hung on the cross to pay for my sins. As a holy, perfect, and spotless lamb, you chose to look each of your betrayers in the eye, including me, and say, "I love you, I choose you, I will redeem you." With hands stretched wide and body disfigured, it was your body broken for us that paid the penalty for sin which we could never repay. Remembering how you pierced your body and shed your blood so we could live, it's the beauty in your resurrection that sets us free.
Because when you said, "It is finished," you meant that all that guilt, shame, and unforgiveness God's wrath would place on each of us was swallowed by you. In an odd shade of bleeding red, your heart said, "No, I will die to love them, and they will rest in eternity with me."
In Jesus' Name,
Today, and every day, let us be grateful for the testimony of Jesus Christ that lives in each of us, and let our lives be representations of Him to the world far beyond the days of Lenten season, Good Friday, or Easter that has brought us here.
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Source: Chris Rice