There You Are, Here I Am – A Psalm of Surrender

There You Are, Here I Am
A Psalm of Surrender

There You are, LORD, holy and righteous,
All-knowing, all-seeing, invincible, and strong.

Here I am, LORD, battered and worn,
Sinful and scarred, scared and uncertain.

But there You are, LORD, arms open and heeding,
Eyes kind and unyielding, form bent down and pleading.

Yet here I stand, LORD, wanting to run to You, eager to approach You,
Desperate to be held by You…but unable to move toward You.

You’ve removed all the walls, You’ve scaled all the towers;
You’ve moved heaven and earth to reach out to me.
So why I am still here?
Why don’t I surrender to Your call?

Your holiness overwhelms me, I cannot comprehend it.
Your love overpowers me, I cannot stand up in it.
How do I draw close to One as great as You?
How do I cast off these sinful rags and stand before the One I love?
How do I overcome the deceitfulness of my heart and fall into Your arms?

There You are LORD; holy and righteous.
Here I am, LORD; sinful and needy.
There You are, Savior; broken and bleeding.
Now I run, LORD, into Your arms of grace.


Author: Kris Smith

I live in West Tennessee with my husband of nearly 30 years and our two boys, ages 20 and 17. My love is education...specifically Christian education. For the past twenty years, I have served as a teacher and also principal. Now, however, I find myself in a new season...a quieter season...a difficult season. What I have done full throttle for the past two decades, I am no longer doing. As I adapt to this adjustment and seek the path God is clearing for me, I find myself wanting to share what God is teaching me with others. And so, here I am. Listening and learning from the Master Teacher Himself. I hope the lessons He teaches me are applicable to you as well.

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