Thursday, July 13, 2006

You know those ah-ha moments when you catch on to something that you missed before and sometimes you feel slightly dumb for not catching it before? I just had one of those moments.

During my devotional tonight I brought out an old devo song from youth group days--"All in All." It's a standard that no doubt many of you know. If you haven't heard it before, I'll jot down the lyrics at the end of this post so that you can enjoy this "oldie but goody" that can be kind of cheesy if you look too closely at the forced rhyme scheme.

My ah-ha moment:

For the first time, I finally understood what the title phrase means--All in All. "You [the Lord] are my all in all." For whatever reason, I have never thought about this phrase before. I usually focus on the verses and leave out this phrase. But tonight it struck me what amazing meaning this phrase has, what powerful and awesome meaning.

For a quick reference on the definition of the word all (because honestly how many of us have ever looked up the definition of "all"), click here. Notice that every one (all) of the ten definitions denote an entirety. (Also on a side note, check out definition number 7. almost went country with that one, just pull out a few letters and add an apostrophe.)

So what that phrase is getting at is that God is our everything, our entirety, in every situation, in every thing. That is a big statement. That means that there is not one situation in our lives in which God is not everything for us.

Wow! Knock me for a loop! I really needed to be reminded of that because, you see, I'm an incredibly selfish being. I'm always wanting what I cannot have and am a malcontent in most circumstances that do not involve life going "my way". I'm wanting more when I have all. And as a reminder to my self, that "more" can be anything from human relationship to the latest tech gizmo; it's time to remember that the "mores" in life can be just about anything.

Kudos given to those of you who were struck by the meaning of this phrase long ago. For me a pair of fresh eyes, or maybe ears, has reminded me of a God who truly is my All.

All in All

Verse 1:
You are my strength when I am weak.
You are the treasure that I seek.
You are my all in all.
Seeking You as a precious jewel,
Lord, to give up I'd be a fool.
You are my all in all.

Jesus, Lamb of God, You are my all in all.
Jesus, Lamb of God, You are my all in all.

Verse 2:
Taking my sin, my cross, my pain,
Rising again, I bless Your name.
You are my all in all.
When I fall down You pick me up.
When I am weak You fill my cup.
You are my all in all.


Adam Wolfgang said...

I will share your thought's everytime I lead that song.

Jason Hill said...

I can remember the exact location that I learned that song, sitting on blankets near the old fence by Hartzog before there was a Bristol. I can remember teaching it with Ike at a devo in Yosemite circa 1991. I’ve also had numerous discussions about the evils of singing it with an on-beat rhythm as opposed to the catchier, (IMO), off-beat style—which is probably the number one reason I unjustifiably harbor disdain for Ken Y.

I still get goosebumps when the ladies join the men and sing the chorus at the end. In fact I ignore most of the song and sing it just to get to the end.

Until now I’m sure I never gave the phrase ‘all in all’ much thought. But He really is, isn’t He. Kind of reminds me of when He told Moses to tell them that “I Am sent you.” Or He’s the wheel in the middle of the wheel. Thanks for pointing it out, you’ve certainly given me a bit more to chew on as I proclaim His place while I sing this song.

(Out of curiosity, do you sing it the way that you have the lyrics here? I always sing “Jesus, Lamb of God. Worthy is Your name.”)

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