Today’s post is from guest writer, Jeremy Johnson. Jeremy is a songwriter for LifeWay Worship. Find out more about guest writing.
One of my favorite hymns is Just As I Am. I can remember growing up in church and hearing this song played at the end of almost every service. The message and music are so simple. Just as I am, O Lamb of God I come, I come. This is such a simple statement, but sometimes so difficult to get our heads around.
If you’re like me, you find it extremely hard to come before God when your life isn’t in order. I feel so guilty sometimes approaching Him with all of my “stuff.” There is a part of me that wants to fix the broken things in my life on my own before I bring them to God. I want to sort out all of the issues I’m dealing with so it’s not so painful to face Him. Let’s be honest – it is embarrassing to admit to God how far away from Him we have strayed.
But the beautiful thing about God’s grace, and what we often forget, is that it is designed for the broken. Throughout the Bible, God spoke to many people at their time of greatest desperation. Since God never changes, we must assume that He deals with us the same way. It is in these times that we feel completely unworthy to even call out to God that He reminds us that He loves us and cares about us.
All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
Yet, O LORD, you are our Father.
We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand. (Isaiah 64, vs. 6 & 8, NIV)
The song “Before You” was written as a prayer, a modern interpretation of Just As I Am. The message of the song is a reminder that we need to come before God for EVERYTHING: mercy, refuge, freedom, life. It also reminds us that there should be NOTHING that stands in the way of seeking Him. God is our safe place. If we cannot go to Him with our most painful situations, who can we turn to?
He is there. He is listening. All we have to do is talk to Him.
Find Before You on LifeWayWorship.com.
Jeremy Johnson bio
Jeremy was born and raised in Shreveport, Lousiana. He moved to Nashville in 1994 to attend Belmont University. He graduated from Belmont in 1998 with a degree in Music Business. Jeremy signed as an exclusive songwriter for LifeWay Worship in 2004. Since signing, his songs have been recorded by Michael W. Smith, Michael English, Steve Green, and Elliott Yamin (American Idol). Three of his songs were included in the new Baptist Hymnal and his songs have also been featured in over 150 choral and print projects. Jeremy and his wife Maribeth live in Nashville.