New Song :: “Good Enough”

This is a song I wrote for the current sermon series at Hill Country Church. The series is called “You Don’t Have What It Takes,” and is designed to encourage people to not rely on themselves but on God, and to exalt the supreme worth of Christ’s righteousness. The starting sermon was called “You’re Not Good Enough,” a bold declaration from Philippians 3:2-11 that our own righteousness is not good enough to make us right with God, and that we must trust in Christ alone who by himself is righteous enough for all of us. I tried to capture the meaning of the Philippians passage and put it together with Psalm 8:1-4, and set it to music that people would be able to sing easily and remember. We will (as we always do with our “theme songs”) sing this song to close each Sunday service at Hill Country throughout this series. I hope you enjoy it, and are encouraged by it.

Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh—though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

Lyrics:

VERSE 1
To be found in you I’d trade everything
To be loved by you is worth more than anything
You are my Savior
VERSE 2
The greater worth is knowing you, my Lord
Your righteousness, God is my reward
You are the one I’m living for
CHORUS
Your throne is higher than the heavens
Your glory beyond all the galaxies
Who am I, Father in all your creation?
Who am I, Lord that you’d think of me?
Of all the things in which I could glory
I rejoice in this one thing
I’m not good enough to earn your mercy
But Jesus you are good enough for me
VERSE 3
O Lord I know that I don’t have the strength
To live a life, a life that’s pleasing
To you, my King
BRIDGE
My righteousness will never do
So I’m giving up and trusting you
I know I don’t have what it takes
So I’m leaning on your saving grace

Copyright © 2010 Christopher N. Gates

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