Is Your All On The Altar

(written by Elisha A. Hoffman)

Earlier today while I was in the shower I was singing (aren’t you lucky that you do not have to hear that) “Is your all on the Altar” and the Lord dealt with my heart convicting me of how I fail so much in this area of my life. I thought you might enjoy meditating on these same thoughts

Verse 1:
You have longed for sweet peace,
and for faith to increase,
and have earnestly, fervently prayed;
but you cannot have rest,
or be perfectly blest,
until all on the altar is laid.

This really describes so much of what happens in our hearts. We want peace and rest and to be perfectly blest but we want it on our terms not His. I have my plans and my thoughts and He has others. I can’t get peace and rest because I simply refuse to trust Him with my life.

Chorus:
Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid?
Your heart does the Spirit control?
You can only be blest,
and have peace and sweet rest,
as you yield Him your body and soul.

Do we really lay our “all” on the altar? Do we allow the Holy Spirit to control our mind, will and emotions? Am I willing to trust Him to do whatever He wants with my life? Can I let go and let God or do I have to stay in control of every situation?

Verse 2:
Would you walk with the Lord,
in the light of His Word,
and have peace and contentment alway?
You must do His sweet will,
to be free from all ill,
on the altar your all you must lay.

Am I willing to walk with Him? Am I willing to do His will even if it isn’t what I would choose for myself? My problem is I want control. I want to run things not lay them on an altar and wait to see what is going to happen. Do you have this problem?

Chorus

Verse 3:
O we never can know
what the Lord will bestow,
of the blessings for which we have prayed,
’till our body and soul,
He doth fully control,
and our all on the altar is laid.

God may have blessings planned but we may never see them because we want the control. I am willing maybe to allow Him control of the spiritual part of my life but not my body, my soul, my finances?

Chorus

Verse 4:
Who can tell all the love
He will send from above,
and how happy our hearts will be made,
of the fellowship sweet
we shall share at His feet,
when our all on the altar is laid.

I wonder what would happen if we laid it all at His feet? I wonder if I could experience peace today and tonight if I would only know that He has my best interest at heart!

I do not know if this means anything to you but in the shower He kind of gave it to me! He let me know that I am still wanting to be in control and that I am not trusting Him. I am so wrong! I want to put my all on the altar today!

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