All to Jesus, I give up
All to Him I freely give
I’ll ever love and belief Him
In His presence day by day reside
That hymn, written in 1896 by Judson Van DeVenter, is among the most evocative I do know. Maybe it’s the best way I’ve heard it sung in so many church buildings — on the finish of the service, whereas the Phrase of God continues to be resounding in our hearts. The music is hushed, voices lifted, eyes closed. I’ve sung “I Give up All” in Baptist and Reformed congregations, with Charismatics on the mission subject, and in Sunday faculty. Irrespective of the place or with whom it’s sung, it at all times appears to encourage the identical highly effective ambiance of worship.
Why is that, I’m wondering? What about these phrases, that melody, the sentiment of give up is so unerringly affecting?
I give up all
I give up all
All to Thee, my blessed Savior
I give up all
Struggling to Give up
There was a time once I believed, as many do, that full give up was obligatory if I used to be to be saved. We’re usually instructed this. “What shall I do to be saved?” we ask, and someway simply “Imagine” doesn’t appear robust sufficient, so it’s phrased otherwise: “Give up your life to God.” However perception and give up usually are not the identical factor, and Jesus asks solely the primary to save lots of us. “Imagine within the Lord Jesus, and you’ll be saved” (Acts 16:30).
Give up is totally different. It might’t save us, for the standard of our personal give up is consistently altering. I’ve mentioned it myself: “I’ve to present every part to God each single day, as a result of in any other case I preserve taking it again.” However whereas give up can’t save us, it can deepen our relationship with God, and it’ll give us the power to get via life’s hardest trials. Generally it’s the one factor that can.
This can be a battle for me, as a result of I don’t prefer to give up something. I’m not an individual who simply lets go. I eagerly reply to Jesus’ command in Matthew 7:7: “Ask, and will probably be given to you; search, and you can find; knock, and will probably be opened to you.”
That command is sensible to me. I wish to know and perceive what God is doing in each circumstance. However to give up is to let go, to stop striving, to belief — not as a result of I can see what God is doing and it is sensible, however simply because I belief Him. Let me repeat that. Give up is trusting God in a state of affairs not as a result of we are able to see with our eyes that He’s working all issues to our good. It’s trusting Him just because He’s who He’s.
I can observe and belief God once I can inform what He’s doing. After I can see the great figuring out. When His character is sensible to me. However once I discover myself in a state of affairs the place I’m blind, the place I can’t work out the great, the place every part is past me — then I’m ready to give up. On the similar time, I’m ready to deepen my relationship with God, as a baby does who believes in his father, as a lady does who dangers her complete coronary heart to like a person.
Give up, I’m studying, just isn’t attainable with out love. Galatians 5:6 makes use of the phrase, “Religion which worketh by love” (KJV). It’s that kind of religion that alone permits us to give up to God. Religion for give up comes via love as we draw nearer to Jesus and select to belief Him for who He’s.
To me, essentially the most hanging instance of give up is the Previous Testomony king and archetypal lover of God, David. The king who drew near God as a boy tending sheep, who wrote over 70 psalms expressing each shade of battle, devotion, and fervour for God, who is understood all the time as “a person after God’s personal coronary heart,” actually made errors. However when his life twisted and turned, when penalties got here after him or tragedies struck, he displayed a love for God Himself that far transcended his personal pursuits.
Most hanging to me is the story in 2 Samuel when David was on the run for his life, pursued by his personal son, Absalom. David beloved Absalom intensely; his son’s betrayal not solely threatened David’s life and stole his kingdom, it additionally broke his coronary heart.
Why, I’ve to surprise, would God enable one thing like that to occur? David was outdated when Absalom rebelled; he had served God faithfully for a few years. He had sinned with Bathsheba, sure, however God had already administered penalties for that sin. So what was this all about? If David had felt betrayed by God, I wouldn’t have blamed him. And maybe, to a point, he did.
However David’s give up was larger than any feeling of betrayal. His love and supreme belief in God have been so nice that he by no means remonstrated with God for permitting this to occur to him. He was bent on accepting no matter God gave him. When a person got here out to curse David, David defended the person’s life and mentioned, “If he’s cursing as a result of the LORD has mentioned to him, ‘Curse David,’ who then shall say, ‘Why have you ever executed so?’” (2 Sam. 16:10). The phrases remind me of Job’s well-known response to his personal struggling: “The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the identify of the LORD” (Job 1:21).
David didn’t have Romans 8:28 to lean on. He didn’t have God’s promise to “work all issues collectively for good to those that love God.” He had no cause to consider that God was going to make this case work for him — actually, he absolutely believed that God is likely to be cursing him. But, he surrendered absolutely to God’s will on this state of affairs. David’s love and belief in God transcended his love for his personal life; his intuition to defend himself; his human understanding.
David’s belief was vindicated again then, and it was in the end vindicated in the identical place mine is — within the cross, the place God displayed simply how deeply He loves mankind — simply how far He’s keen to go to show that we are able to belief Him. Give up isn’t silly. It’s casting ourselves on the one who loves us greater than we love ourselves.
All to Jesus I give up …
Belief with Open Arms
The longer I reside, the extra I understand that struggling is a thriller we simply can’t clarify. The Bible refuses to present us pat solutions about it. Job was by no means instructed why he suffered. David was returned to his throne, however he nonetheless misplaced a beloved son, and the scars of Absalom’s betrayal have been by no means negated. I feel over the previous couple of years of my very own life and surprise why so many issues occurred. Why did that younger mom, my good friend and fellow employee, die of most cancers? Why did that youngster drown? Why did that horrendous accident occur, with all its scars and trauma and nightmarish twists? Why can we endure? Why does life harm?
I don’t know, however I’m studying that reasonably than letting my questions drive me to mistrust and distraction, reasonably than driving myself half-mad making an attempt to delve the ache of life right here, I’m higher off to give up. To show my eyes upon Jesus, carry my fingers, and declare with David, with Job, and with Jesus Himself that “Although he slay me, but will I belief in him” (Job 13:15, KJV).
All to Jesus I give up;
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me really feel the Holy Spirit,
Actually know that Thou artwork mine.
With my pure tendency to review, to hunt, and to wrestle, I’ve lengthy possessed the religion that works by information, by consciousness of the previous, by dogged willpower. However as I shut my eyes and sing, it’s the religion that works by love that I want most. To know Him. To like Him. And to give up all.
Copyright 2009 Rachel Starr Thomson. All rights reserved.