I know this song is a classic that you’ve probably heard a million times, but have you ever heard the version by Selah? It’s haunting.
This simple version of the song allows the lyrics to shine, and that’s where this song’s power is.
I will not boast in anything
No gifts no power no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
his death and resurrection.
What a powerful reminder! Our culture is all about boasting. We display our degrees in frames so that others can see how smart we are. We drive fancy cars so that others can see how much money we have. We post picture after picture of ourselves so that others can see how attractive we are. The truth of the matter is that none of us has anything worthwhile to boast about because all blessings come from God. The only thing we should be boasting about is Jesus Christ and the sacrifice He made.
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer.
But this I know with all my heart:
His wounds have payed my ransom.
Again, these lyrics are meant to punch you down and keep you there in humility. There is no reason for any of us to deserve such a huge gift from the creator of the universe. We are tiny humans, and nothing we ever do could possibly earn His favor. And yet here we are: His dying breath has brought me life, I know that it is finished.
Our modern church culture isn’t often about humility, and I think that we need more of it. It isn’t easy to get rid of the ego, but it is so powerful and so freeing. I love to sink into this song and truly let go.