This week, I went to a Bethel Worship Night in Nashville. It was so beautiful to watch the way that the worship leaders worshipped so freely, dancing and singing with joy in the Holy Spirit, who was active in the auditorium that night. It was an empowering night of hope.
One of Bethel’s songs is called Pieces. One of my favorite lines is:
“You don’t give Your heart in pieces | You don’t hide Yourself to tease us.”
At first, I reflected on this song as meaning that I must give God my whole heart. And for so many years, I have not done that. For so long, I have only given Him the parts that I feel I can handle on my own and improve on my own; places were I feel able to handle on my own in case God did not come through for me in the way that I expected. But God is a God who takes broken things and redeems them; He makes us into new creations where the old is washed away (2 Corinthians 5:17).
While it is true that I must give God every part of my heart, I am encouraged by the fact that God gives us His whole heart and wants me to know Him more. And as I know Him more, I believe my heart will continue to be shaped by Him, and more and more pieces will be devoted to Him. As I grow closer to the Lord, He draws nearer to me, and I see more and more of Him.
I love what the song says about God’s love for me:
“Your love’s not fractured
It’s not a troubled mind
It isn’t anxious
It’s not the restless kind
Your love’s not passive
It’s never disengaged
It’s always present
It hangs on every word we say
Love keeps its promises
It keep its word
It honors what’s sacred
‘Cause its vows are good
Your love’s not broken
It’s not insecure
Your love’s not selfish
Your love is pure
You don’t give Your heart in pieces
You don’t hide Yourself to tease us”
God’s love is so sweet and filled with peace. It is faithful and kind. Love is who He is, it is in His character and nature, and He never fails. His love is so wonderful and captivating and amazing and relentless. It is more than my words could say. How great, Oh Lord is Your love for me; may you take all of the pieces of my heart and make them into something beautiful that brings glory to You. Amen.