There is an Old Testament name of God that speaks of His power to redeem. He is “El Elyon”, my “God Most High Redeemer”. There is also the New Testament name of Jesus Christ, whose surrender at Calvary reveals more than just His power to redeem. His surrender on the cross reveals His absolute willingness to redeem. “I will cry to God Most High,” the psalmist wrote, “who performs on my behalf and rewards me [who brings to pass His purposes for me and surely completes them]” (Psalm 57:2, AMP)! This “God Most High” moves on my behalf, and not only brings about His purpose for my life, but, also, because of His grace completes what He begins in me.
“God Most High” reigns over all the earth in sovereignty and final authority. Because of His majesty, He deserves my highest praise and worship. He deserves my constant love and respect—not just when I need something from Him. He deserves my life and all that I have offered to Him from a grateful heart. I must never assume to put myself in His place, but I often do when I make my own decisions without seeking His wishes. God is the final judge of my heart—the one who has the power to forgive me.
The Old Testament “God Most High” became more than just the judge of my heart when Jesus died on the cross. He became my “up close and personal” Redeemer! Jesus had no sin in His life, yet He willingly took mine. He fulfilled the requirement of the law so I might come without hindrance into His presence. When I come to Him with a repentant heart, He delivers and saves me from all that I have been. He hears my cry, and moves on my behalf. He blesses and rewards me. He is my Redeemer—my Jesus—my Savior, who remains constant and unchanging. My Redeemer yearns for me to honor and worship Him—not for what He can give me or what I believe I deserve, but only because I love Him with all my heart. He has a purpose in the lives of those who honor Him. His desire is for me to know the ultimate fulfillment found in living the purpose He has designed for me.
When my heart is completely surrendered and self is not an issue, I yearn to be in God's will. If I am absolutely yielded to Him, I find His will. When I am renewed in the spirit of my mind and transformed by His power, I discover His pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:1-2). If I yearn for my desire to be His desire, I am completely willing to surrender my personal agenda for His purpose. I am willing to wait as long as necessary for His will or His promise to come into being. I am willing to believe in that promise even if that promise doesn't come into sight (Hebrews 11:6). Do I get so focused on what I believe God's promise is for my life, that I miss the truth that the spiritual growth I receive in seeking Him is actually His will for me right now? When I am transformed into the person He wishes for me to become, I am in His will.
Is this the year I will surrender? Allow Him to prune self for greater growth and purpose? To understand that the God who has the power to redeem, has redeemed me on Calvary? The Lord will change in me only what I allow. I want to honor my “Most High Redeemer” and allow Him to bring about His purpose in my life.
© 2018 Lynn Lacher