Isaac Watts wrote a hymn in which he takes up our Lord’s image of salvation being like a great banquet. Picture yourself coming into a grand banqueting hall where a marvelous feast is spread out for you.
While all our hearts and all our songs
Join to admire the feast
Each of us cry, with thankful hearts,
“Lord, why was I a guest?”
Does this not amaze you? Lord, why me? Why am I in Christ? Why did you bring me in? Why has your grace laid hold of me?
Why was I made to hear thy voice
And enter while there’s room
When Thousands make a wretched choice
And rather starve than come?
‘Twas the same love that spread the feast
That sweetly drew us in;
Else we had still refused to taste
And perished in our sin
Apart from God’s grace, you would never have come to Christ, and neither would I. Our sinful hearts would have taken us away. We would be outside, like thousands of others, still refusing to come.
So let God’s grace lead you to worship. Once you taste God’s grace, you will spend the rest of your life coming back to this question: ‘Why me?’ The staggering answer is that He loved you simply because He loved you.
Question for Reflection
- Does your unworthiness of God’s grace drive you to worship Him?
Colin Smith, Jonah: Navigating a God-centered Life, 99.