Music Monday: I Am New

IamNewJason GrayI Am New

(Listen on Spotify or Youtube)

Now I won’t deny
The worst you could say about me
But I’m not defined
By mistakes that I’ve made
Because God says of me

I am not who I was
I am being remade
I am new
I am chosen and holy
And I’m dearly loved
I am new

Who I thought I was
And who I thought I had to be
I had to give them both up
Cause neither were willing
To ever believe

I am not who I was
I am being remade
I am new
I am chosen and holy
And I’m dearly loved
I am new

Too long I have lived
In the shadows of shame
Believing that there
Was no way I could change
But the one who is making everything new
Doesn’t see me the way that I do
He doesn’t see me the way that I do

I am not who I was
I am being remade
I am new
I am chosen and holy
And I’m dearly loved
I am new

I am not who I was
I am being remade I am new
Dead to the old man, I’m coming alive
I am new

Forgiven beloved
Hidden in Christ
Made in the image of the Giver of Life
Righteous and holy
Reborn and remade
Accepted and worthy, this is our new name

This is who we are now… 

 

I know I’ve posted a lot here about who we are as God’s created and who we are because of Christ’s blood poured out in our place. In general, it may seem as if this amounts to little in discovering who we are as individuals, because after all, isn’t every human being created in the image of God and isn’t every believer a child of the King?

Yes, but I think this is the very foundation of who we are as individuals. It’s what tells us that we are not ugly and worthless. It’s what tells us that we are more than our mistakes, more than what’s been done to us, and more than just what we do. It’s what tells us that we have worth and a purpose. That we are not the same person we were.

We are…

Forgiven – There is nothing evil enough that we have done to keep us from His grace. Nothing we can do in the future that is unforgivable.

Beloved – Loved with an everlasting love. Cherished. Treasured. Treated like royalty.

Hidden in Christ – God doesn’t see a miserable failing human. He sees the righteousness of Christ.

Made in the image of the Giver of Life – We are tiny glimpses of His glorious majesty. Actual replicas of His beauty.

Righteous and Holy – Covered in the redeeming blood of Christ with no condemnation.

Reborn and Remade – We’re not bound to labels and habits. We’re new, and we can rip the labels off.

Accepted and Worthy – We’re not on the outside looking in with longing. We belong, and we’re worthy of belonging.

This is our new name.

And in this name is where we find the value of our individuality.

 

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In the conservative circle in which I grew up, contemporary Christian music was not allowed. After marrying, I began to listen to a CCM radio station. Much of my spiritual growth since then can be attributed to the many CCM artists and the songs they write. There is truth in those words and power in their music.

If music means as much to you as it does to me, you might want to check out Spotify. This music program allows you to search for particular songs and save them to playlists, allowing you to listen to your music whenever you wish. Best yet, it’s free. (It will require you to download their music program to your computer, but I promise it will not download any junk.) You can find all the songs highlighted in Music Mondays at the Recovered Identity Spotify playlist.

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