All is in Christ God’s Dear Son is Lord of all

We all have favorites based on our values and preferences and estimations. Our likes are such that we choose and follow, we crave and desire accordingly. The Lord Jesus said in His sojourn: As a man thinks in his heart so he is; Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks; and Where your treasure is, your heart is also. God in the Old Testament valued and esteemed or estimated things and people. Laws are values of behaviors and actions out of several other options and choices; Divine Laws are the highest standards of conduct and living.
When I became a believer, in the first hour, I opened a Bible given to me to the middle of that edition, which by chance was Proverbs chapter 1. I read the first seven verses: “The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel; To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding; To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity; To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. A wise [man] will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.” I was captivated by the LORD and to fear Him. Five months later while reading through the Bible I came to Solomon’s prayer for wisdom to rule God’s people Israel properly, and God answered in giving him wisdom and glory. This fascinated me to vow to God in like manner. Solomon the Wise spoke 3,000 proverbs, and over 1,000 songs, besides countless other endeavors. I thought that perhaps my modest goal was to memorize 1,000 verses and 300 songs. Theses favorite verses and songs are reflective of my experiences in Christ, my Christian life.
A poor man may collect pennies, another may choose coins of higher value and denomination (some beggars are like the one who told me as I was about to give him my pocket change: no coins accepted!); others treasure bills and greater currency; each having the value that they favor. This monetary analogy is applicable to many other things in life. We place value internal and external on people, places, things in countless category and variety. So too in Songs, sacred and secular, we all have our favorites, our best of the best. For me it was no different. In 1975 while I lived in a rented house in Allied Gardens, at the edge of SDSU and Del Cerro, shared by three other strangers (one Catholic, fond of Mary; one a Zen Buddhist, always meditating; one an atheist-agnostic sceptic; and me the Christian Protestant). The landlord was the landlady, an ex-Christin turn New Age, in love with Nature and the Ocean; but she was a very accomplished pianist. One day as we talked I told her of one of my most favorite songs that was set to the music tune of Johann Sebastian Bach which I would very much love to hear what the tune sounded like. She sat down at the piano a played it to my delight. Now I had many favorite spiritual songs and hymns and psalms such as: Amazing Grace, What a Friend we have in Jesus, At Calvary, When the Roll is Called Up Yonder, Lead Kindly Light, and many more. But All is in Christ is one of my top five best of all. mjm.

1
All is in Christ;
God’s dear Son is Lord of all.
Jesus Christ is life’s perfection,
Perfect love and perfect light.
Son of God, the true reflection
Of the Father’s radiance bright.
All the treasures of God’s riches,
All the secrets of His wisdom,
All in Christ are hid away.
Let His name be praised today!

2
All is in Christ;
God’s dear Son is Lord of all.
Blessings are imparted to us
By the shameful cross He bore.
By His suffering inglorious
We have peace forevermore.
By the Cross we have forgiveness,
Life eternal, endless mercy.
By God’s Son is freely giv’n
Everything in earth and heav’n.

3
All is in Christ;
God’s dear Son is Lord of all.
In me there is naught but weakness,
I am worthless, full of sin,
Stricken by its mortal sickness,
Lacking light and hope within.
Now in Christ I find abundant
Victory and strength and power.
Savior, come and live in me,
Come and make me rich in Thee.

4
All is in Christ;
God’s dear Son is Lord of all.
Savior, pardon my transgressions,
For my love is still so small;
Though I gave all my possessions,
This would profit scarce at all.
’Tis myself that Thou desirest;
So I give myself, dear Master;
No thing hast Thou kept from me—
Nor will I keep aught from Thee.

5
All is in Christ;
Your whole self present to Him.
Vain your quest for lasting pleasure,
Wealth, success, and worldly fame;
Christ alone must be your treasure,
His resource your only claim.
Come, let Him disperse the famine
Of your arid, waste existence.
Let God’s Son, th’ Immortal King
Freely give you everything.

Claire Lise de Benoit; Translated by Lois Thiessen
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

About mjmselim

Male, 64, born in Jamaica, USA since 1961; cobbler for 40 years, Christian since 1969; married to same wife since 1979; 6 daughters and 2 sons, with 7 grandkids. Slowly adapting to the digital world of computers and internet; hobby in digital editing.
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