Great is Thy Faithfulness (hymn #139)
- Not In Me (link)
- Grace Unmeasured (link)
- My Soul Finds Rest (Psalm 62) (link)
- I Will Glory in My Redeemer (Communion)
Can you identify yourself in Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector? Have you ever felt crushed under the weight of your sin, like the tax collector? Perhaps even doubted that God’s mercy was deep enough to reach you? Or have you ever been impressed with your own efforts to please Him, like the Pharisee? Perhaps even doubted that you needed God’s mercy in the first place?
The songs we sing in corporate worship lead us to consider first the greatness of God, and second the depth of our need. But most importantly, they help us consider the gospel – the good news that Jesus’ death and resurrection not only paid the debt incurred by our sins, but also purchased for us His own righteousness.
Through our singing, we become more keenly aware of the sadness of sin and the joy of grace. And we become thankful. Not thankful like the Pharisee, celebrating his own accomplishment. But thankful for the righteousness that is given to us through Jesus.
As despairing tax collectors, we need to remember “My God is merciful to me…” But as repenting Pharisees, we must not leave out the rest of the line, “…and merciful in Christ alone.”