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When Fear Surrounds Me

When Fear Surrounds Me

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior

This song by Hillsong United has exploded on the Christian music scene across the world. It describes exactly how I feel; it touches a place deep inside my heart where a fountain of tears resides, ready to flow down my cheeks, not in sorrow, but in some sort of release of the sweet pain of suffering that connects me to my Jesus and allows a connection those who do not suffer cannot feel. My pain pushes me deeper into His Spirit from whence my comfort comes and out of which my love grows stronger.

No one has ever suffered more than Jesus did. It has been a great mystery to me why it is that the more intense my pain becomes, the more I love Him, but now I know. I know what Paul knew when he wrote that he longed to know Jesus in the fellowship of His suffering.

Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him. I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead! Philippians 3:8-9a, 10-11 (NLT)

Everything else is worthless when compared to the infinite knowledge of knowing Christ Jesus as my Lord.

I didn’t know why, but I have said time and time again that my suffering makes sense in the presence of the Lord, and now I know why.

“I count it all garbage so that I could gain Christ and become one with Him.”

If this is what it takes to know Him, to love Him more, and to share in His death so that I might share in His resurrection, it is worth it all.

Peter who, in his unchanged flesh, denied the Lord for fear of the authorities with the power to make him suffer, in his letter to his Jewish brothers and sisters scattered throughout the land after his encounter with the resurrected Jesus said in 1 Peter 1:6-8, “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 2 Corinthians 4:10 (NIV)

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2 Corinthians 4:17 (NIV)

An encounter with the resurrected Jesus changes it all.

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