Your will above all else;
My purpose remains
The art of losing myself
In bringing you praise
I have always liked this song—and this line in particular (at the 1:40 mark in the video below)—and I think I have figured out why.
There are lots of things in life that need to be “nailed” to the cross. We need to “crucify our old selves.” Our old selves need to die. All that is true, and biblical, and important. But that’s not what this line says. Read it once more, this time written as a sentence:
Your will above all else; my purpose remains the art of losing myself in bringing you praise.
Our purpose is to LOSE OURSELVES in bringing him praise. So much so that it should become an artform!
This doesn’t just refer to music (though it is sung in song). The times in my life when I have had the most satisfying relationship with my King are when I have literally lost myself, getting wrapped up in bringing him glory.
They’re the seasons when I don’t have time to pursue foolish or sinful or fruitless things because I am spending the days serving him.
I used to stress this with our youth: the “secret sauce” of gospel living is not in trying to focus on being better. It’s focusing on serving Christ and pursuing him. All our other struggles will, over time, simply fall away. It’s what Jesus means when he says, “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). The “these things” Jesus is referring to here (in context) are the worldly things we think we need to provide for ourselves. They are the things that “trap” us.
But rather than focusing on all those things, our purpose is the art of losing ourselves in the act of bringing God praise. I don’t need to worry about not sinning, because in those days I have lost myself—my old self—in the wonderful feeling of meeting the purpose that I was made in his image to fulfill.
We serve an amazing, wonderful, magnificent, powerful God. And he calls us his children, and claims us as his own.
Let’s get lost finding ourselves in that identity.