The dictionary defines “resolved” as: “firm in purpose or intent; determined.”
We regularly sing a song during our worship to God in which we say the words, “I am resolved…”
Do we mean it?
We sing the following words:
I am resolved no longer to linger, charmed by the world’s delight
Things that are higher, things that are nobler
These have allured my sight
Do we mean this? Is this really our intention? Are we determined to shake the increasingly hypnotic charms of the world that we live in, or are we just going through some religious motions? Is it truly our intent to focus our mind on higher, nobler things that have caught our attention, or do we reserve those things for Sundays only?
Maybe a better question to start with would be, “Are these lyrics even biblical?” In other words, should we be singing this song? Let’s see:
- “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” – Col. 3:1-2
- “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life – is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” – I John 2:15-17
As we have just seen, when we sing these words, we are certainly singing about things that are true, biblical, and worthy of our attention. The only question is, “are we singing our true intentions?” Am I resolved to do these things?
I, for one, am more resolved than ever to live by the words of this song and of these Scriptures. The world has proven itself to be highly untrustworthy – and spiritually fatal - in my life, and I’m tired of being lied to. I will no longer believe the fluff, the misdirection, and the twisting of the truth. I will not be a consumer of sin, a participant in mindless/wasteful living, or a victim of “forbidden fruit.”
Don’t get me wrong; I’m sure that I will continue to sin, fail, and fall short of the glory of God (we all do), but it is my intention not to. I am determined to do better.
I am resolved. And although this article is limited in terms of space, the rest of this song should at least be considered:
I am resolved to go to the Savior,
Leaving my sin and strife;
He is the true One, He is the just One,
He hath the words of life.
I am resolved to follow the Savior,
Faithful and true each day;
Heed what He sayeth, do what He willeth,
He is the living Way.
I am resolved to enter the kingdom,
Leaving the paths of sin;
Friends may oppose me, foes may beset me,
Still will I enter in.
I will hasten to Him
Hasten so glad and free
Jesus, greatest, highest
I will come to Thee
It’s a new year, and since resolutions are popular right now, these are mine.