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My Worth Is Not in What I Own (At the Cross)

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My worth is not in what I own
Not in the strength of flesh and bone
But in the costly wounds of love
At the cross

My worth is not in skill or name
In win or lose, in pride or shame
But in the blood of Christ that flowed
At the cross

Refrain:
I rejoice in my Redeemer
Greatest Treasure,
Wellspring of my soul
I will trust in Him, no other
My soul is satisfied in Him alone

As summer flowers we fade and die
Fame, youth and beauty hurry by
But life eternal calls to us
At the cross

I will not boast in wealth or might
Or human wisdom's fleeting light
But I will boast in knowing Christ
At the cross

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Hymn Story

Lyricists are always on the lookout for a big idea, a concept or phrase that might just have a song hidden inside it. Like the sculptor running his fingers over a rough block of marble and laying out his tools, or a potter feeling the weight and texture of a fresh lump of wet clay, the imagination has to see something that doesn't yet exist.

Some years ago I was struck by the simple phrase "My worth is not in what I own" and sensed a 'big idea' in waiting.

It is a theme I have explored before in songs, in fact one of my earliest performance songs is called "How much do you think you are worth?"—but here it came again and I saw a congregational song in potential.

I made several attempts over several years to let loose of that big idea, but during a writing session with Keith and Kristyn Getty. I bounced my seed idea off them, and the process began. The song went through numerous drafts and redrafts, but eventually it settled. From the first occasion when it was sung, it was clear that the theme resonated powerfully as people began to join in.

We know that our culture calibrates human worth by measures of wealth and status, skills and achievement, beauty and youth, power and so on, but we don't always appreciate how deeply those values are ingrained into us and how effective they are in driving our behaviour. Christians are little different. We need to sing about our worth from God's perspective, not ours or our cultures, and God's perspective centres in on the cross.

John Stott wrote: "Our self is a complex entity of good and evil, glory and shame, of creation and fall…we are created, fallen, and redeemed, then re-created in God's image….Standing before the cross we see simultaneously our worth and unworthiness, since we perceive both the greatness of his love in dying, and the greatness of our sin in causing him to die." [The Cross p. 285]

William Temple wrote: "My worth is what I am worth to God, and that is a marvellous great deal, for Christ died for me."

It has been a pleasure working together with the Gettys to bring this song from concept to reality and we hope that it will help many to sing themselves free from all that steals away the joy of being loved by God.

— GRAHAM KENDRICK


About the Gettys

Keith and Kristyn Getty occupy a unique space in the world of music today as preeminent modern hymn writers. In re-inventing the traditional hymn form, they have created a catalogue of songs teaching Christian doctrine and crossing the genres of traditional, classical, folk and contemporary composition which are sung the world over.

Keith and Kristyn Getty continue to be global ambassadors for modern hymns in the USA and throughout the world. In addition to their Christmas show, the Gettys tour internationally, visiting venues as diverse as the Ryman Auditorium, Belfast's Waterfront Hall, The Pentagon, and Royal Albert Hall, with performances for George W. Bush, the United Nations, and South Korea President Lee Myung-bak.

Keith and Kristyn live between Northern Ireland and Nashville with their daughters, Eliza Joy, Charlotte, and Grace.

For More on Getty Music Visit:
www.gettymusic.com
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