There’s a new United Pursuit album coming out this week titled “Tell All My Friends,” and if the song “Let You Go” is any indication, it should be a good one.
I love the soulful spiritual genre of the song, but even more, I love what it says. I’ve talked about our need to move from a transactional god to a relational God here on this blog. This song captures the essence of making that journey, letting go of our narcissistic version of relationship for one of surrender and trust.
I don’t mean to plug my book, but this song gets to the heart of what I called, “Disciple Shift,” and I don’t think I could say what I want to say better than what I said there:
When we first come to God, we don’t see Him as He truly is. We see Him as we think He should be. We’re really only looking at an image of ourselves. We see Him as the God of our dreams who has come to rescue us, but not as He really is. Like Narcissus of Greek mythology, our heart is steadfastly fixed on our own reflection that defines everything we do and everything we think God should be in our lives. We are powerless to break this self-absorbed gaze by ourselves. Only Christ can free us from our reflected selves…
Our Disciple Shift, then, is about no longer relating to our own reflection, and calling it God, to beginning to see Him as He really is. It’s putting an end to the transactional arrangement we think we’ve made with Him and allowing Him to walk right into the middle of our deepest pain, sadness, and alienation.
It’s allowing Him to help us progressively muddle through our darkness and confusion and into His glorious light already residing in us.” (Sonshift: Everything Changes in the Father’s Embrace, p.65-67, emphasis added)
This is what I believe Will Reagan is much more succinctly telling us in the chorus of his song….
Help me let You go
Help me give up control
Of the god I have made you
when my fear has contained you
And in the second verse and end…
When the way is unclear and the answers illusive
He is different by far than our broken conclusions
You are not the god my pain has conceived
You are deeper and stronger than my eyes can see
You are with us now
You have always been
When we’re found without
You’re found within
Beloved, Christ Within You is always ready and willing to meet you in your deepest darkness, sadness, and disappointment. Truly, when you’re found without, He is found within. My prayer is that we can let go of the god we’ve made in our own image for the One who has already embraced us in His.
I hope you are blessed by this song as much as I am.
If only people would understand the freedom, the loveliness, the amazing grace found in letting go. It’s indescribable.
Amen. It is quite indescribable.
When I stepped out of church yesterday, I saw a lady entering her daughter’s car. She goes to her daughter’s and her other family members every Sunday for lunch. I thought this was incredible. Personally, I’d have felt this was a burden on the other person. Then, the Holy Spirit ministered to me that they delight with each other just like the Father delights in us.
As a result of our dysfunctional relationships with my earthly loved ones and friends, we tend to view God this way. He loves and delights in us. It’s his great pleasure to give us the kingdom.
Thanks Mel for reminding us of this. God bless.
That’s a really good point, AfroScot. You’ve hit on probably the biggest hindrances we have to deal with in our relationship with God, and really, in all our relationships. We tend to relate to God like our biological relationships growing up. It’s very subtle and seems “normal” until God points this dysfunction out to us, which He will faithfully do if we let Him. This is how we learn how to be loved, so that we can love.
Blessings to you..
Love that song. I have never heard of the group, but I like them.
They are one of my faves. 🙂 What I love about a good worship song is that the message can go deeply in our heart in such a simple way. Just listen or sing! And this is such an important message for us to get if we want to really grow past a superficial level in Christ.