DAY 6 – I AM RESOLVED
This upbeat, quick-tempo hymn inspires and challenges me to live for Christ daily. All too often I find myself being charmed by the delights of this world. Like Abram’s nephew Lot, looking at the lush valley towards Sodom, I find myself dazzled by the shiny façade of material things.
Oh, how I long to discipline myself to pursue those things which are higher and nobler, godly things that deserve my single-minded devotion. The author of the song, Palmer Hartsough, makes a great observation that “friends may oppose me, foes may beset me.” Not only will Satan try to distract me from my resolve to follow Jesus but even Christian friends, who have succumbed to worldly temptations, will also oppose me. Radical, fanatic and other appellations will be hurled at the one who pursues hard after God.
Still, even though friends may not understand my desire, I want them to join with me. This hymn urges me to invite them on the journey into complete discipleship. By leaning on and learning from God’s Word, by seeking guidance from His Spirit in prayer, we can journey together in spiritual growth.
How resolved are you to let go of the things of this world and follow after Jesus?
Lord, give me the discipline to instill Christ-like habits in my life. Help me to look beyond the things of this world and pursue hard after those things which will make me be an asset to Your kingdom. Fill my eyes with glimpses of You.
I AM RESOLVED by Palmer Hartsough
I am resolved no longer to linger
Charmed by the world’s delights
Things that are higher, things that are nobler
These have allured my sight
I am resolved to go to the Savior
Leaving my sin and strife
He is the True One, He is the Just One
He hath the words of life
I am resolved to follow the Savior
Faithful and true each day
Heed what He sayeth, do what He willeth
He is the living way
I am resolved to enter the Kingdom
Leaving the paths of sin
Friends may oppose me, foes may beset me
Still will I enter in
I am resolved and who will go with me?
Come, friends, without delay
Taught by the Bible, led by the Spirit
We’ll walk the heavenly way
I will hasten to Him, hasten so glad and free
Jesus, greatest, highest, I will come to thee