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Theology of a Song – You’ve Already Won

Every so often I like to use these Tuesday updates to highlight one of the songs that we sing during our weekend gatherings. You’re probably tired of hearing me say it by now – but we sing song on the weekends not just to make ourselves feel good, or because that’s “what you do at church,” but because lyrics and melody help to sink truth deep into our hearts. There’s a reason that God’s people are a singing people – because it’s a medium He created for helping us to remember, and to recite, so that we would remain. That’s why the songs we sing matter. They deeply matter.

Last weekend, the worship team led us in a new song called: “You’ve Already Won,” written by Shane Bernard (one of my very favorite artists). Let’s spend a little bit of time breaking it down and ruminating on its truths.

Verse 1: 
There’s peace that outlasts darkness / Hope that’s in the blood / There’s future grace that’s mine today / That Jesus Christ has won

What is future grace? And how is it future, if it’s ours today? The song speaks to the tension of the Christian life frequently called “the already and the not yet.” Jesus’ triumph on the cross has won victory over sin, evil, and death (1 Cor. 15:55-58). It has sealed the promises of God for those that believe in His name (Eph. 1:13. And it gives Christians peace with God (Jn. 16:33). Yet, while all of these realities are true – and in some measure we experience them here and now, we are awaiting a day in which we will experience them to their fullest extent. For Satan is still prowling, and sin is still pervasive, and final judgment has yet to be poured out. These are all future realities – future grace – that Christians are waiting on God to fully complete. The cross won the war, and now His people wait for the victory parade.

Verse 4:
And when the sea is raging / Your Spirit is my help He’ll fix my eyes on Jesus Christ / And I’ll say that it is well

This is perhaps my favorite lyric in the song. The Spirit of God is mysterious, and, to be honest, oft overlooked in our tradition of faith. That said, this lyric brings a great deal of clarity to the primary role of the Spirit in the life of the believer. As Jesus states in John 16:14, “He [the Spirit] will glorify me [Jesus], for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.” The Spirit is our helper, and Jesus says it is better to have the Spirit than to have Him physically in the flesh with us. Why? Because the Spirit is always there, wherever we go, to instruct us, teach us, and fix our eyes on the beautiful realities of Christ.

I don’t know what you’re doing / But I know what you’ve done / I’m fighting a battle you’ve already won
One of the most consistent commands throughout the Scriptures is to remember. We’ve seen it a ton in the Torah. God sets up sacrificial systems, ceremonies, even the calendar year itself for the sake of His people remembering all that He has done. The reason? So that they would TRUST HIM. God has proven Himself worthy through His faithfulness to His covenant promises time and time again – miraculously creating a people who were naught, leading them out of slavery, sustaining them in the wilderness, and fighting for their victories. As Christians, we are to remember for the sake of trusting Him more.

I know how the story ends / We will be with you again / You’re my savior my defense / No more fear in life or death

One of the most beautiful realities that Christians have to hold onto is that they know the end of the story. God’s plan to redeem His people and crush the head of the snake (Gen 3:15) is fully realized in Christ. And the end of the story, after the final battle is finished, and the dust has settled, is of a humble King sitting on his throne, wiping the tears from the eyes of His people, declaring that the old has passed away and the new has come (Rev. 21:3-4).

Oh what a marvelous thing it is to rejoice in these truths, church. To sing them boldly. To claim them as ours. And to glorify our conquering King who has secured the victory, and with it our freedom from the curse of sin forevermore.

Looking forward to singing it again with you next weekend. PS – here’s a link to the song on youtube if you want to relisten to it. 🙂

In His Mercy,

Pastor Ryan A.

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