There’s a song that’s been a constant refrain in my head the past year. If I could have an anthem, this would be it.
Jesus is better.
Lately, other things have been clamoring to assure me that they’re of utmost value or importance. There have been highs and lows, joys and sorrows, times when I had enough and times when the dinosaur piggy bank my sister gave me had more in it than my bank account. Ministry success, ministry failure, relationships, rejection, uncertainty of the future, fear. How easy it is to dwell on these things and find identity in them.
But Jesus our King is constant! Jesus our King has defeated the tyrannical rule of sin in our lives! My life isn’t defined by fear or breakups or even success! My life is hidden in Christ, and He gives me His righteousness. He defines me. There is no other king, no other lord, no other we turn to.
And then we get to the bridge, which reminds me that more than the worst sorrow or the greatest victory, more than the best comfort or riches, Jesus is better. But sometimes it’s hard to believe, so like the man in Mark 9, we cry out, “Lord I believe! Help my unbelief.”
In all my sorrows, Jesus is better; make my heart believe
In every victory, Jesus is better; make my heart believe
Than any comfort, Jesus is better; make my heart believe
More than all riches, Jesus is better; make my heart believe
Let your heart take satisfaction in that today. Our song eternal: Jesus is better.
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