I Shall Not Be Moved

16 08 2010

I have a song playing in my head today. The words written by Edward H. Boatner proclaim, “Glory hallelujah, I shall not be moved; Anchored in Jehovah, I shall not be moved; Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters, I shall not be moved.”

It is an interesting song. Usually, we talk about walking with God, being open to His work in our lives, and aware of His movement. This song plants our feet at the foot of the cross, declaring that we will not move from its shadow.

Our world is trying to lure us away from the cross. Subtly at times, by millimeters or inches, we hear enticements to depend on our own righteousness, create our own joy, and find our own answers. Sometimes the invitation is a siren call, drowning out the still, small voice that invites us into His presence.

Every day there is a time and place to sing “I Shall Not Be Moved.” Maybe it is when we are faced with temptation, weary and tired from the burdens of the day, or faced with a choice between surrender and self-satisfaction. Each time we take a stand, wrap our arms around the cross, and declare that we will not be moved, our roots sink a little deeper into the rich soil of His love.

My Jesus Resolution today is to sing “I Shall Not Be Moved” out loud. While I want to move closer to Christlikeness, move further into His heart, and move more confidently in His will, I don’t ever want to move outside of His presence. I don’t want to take one step out of the shadow of His love and purpose for me. “I Shall Not Be Moved” is an anthem that declares that no matter the intensity of the storm, the darkness of the night, or the strength of the hardship, I am going to plant my heart at the foot of the cross. Want to sing with me?


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