I took a three day weekend, so there was no hymn on Friday. However, if you missed Thursday’s it is a classic: Hymn of the Day: There is a Fountain.
Today, we look at a newer “hymn”. Not In Me draws from Jesus’ words in the Gospel of Luke about the pharisee and the tax collector.
Luke 18:9–14 (ESV)
9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
The righteousness of the Christian is not by their own efforts, the crowd they hang out with, or even who they don’t act like. The righteousness of the Christian is Jesus Christ. We are all sinners in need of God’s grace, which only comes from Christ’s work on the cross. We cannot earn righteousness nor can we buy it, steal it, or twist God’s arm to give it to us. It is granted to anyone who believes in the finished work of Christ, who died for sinners and gives his righteousness to us in place of our unrighteousness. All the glory goes to Christ! Not to me, but to the Lord Jesus Christ, my only hope of righteousness.