Sweet Surrender

Psalm 50:1-6

William Booth said: The greatness of the man’s power is the measure of his surrender.

It’s difficult for us to see surrender as power. We view surrender as weakness, as an ’end of strength’ situation or as a ’no way to escape kind of conclusion’.

But to surrender to God means total abandonment to Jesus Christ.


It’s the place where we give ourselves over to God without any calculations. It’s a place of true freedom and defiant joy.

Most of us think about what we are going to lose if we surrender totally to God. We think about the fun he will spoil and the pleasures he might take away, but all this comes because we don’t know him very well.

We don’t comprehend, really, his loving character, his luxurious grace, his generous kindness, his abundant love, his glorious plans for us, his fatherly sacrifice and commitment to us.

We see him as we see ourselves, corrupt and easily contrived.

But God is different, oh so different from us. When we dare to give it all to him, he gives back what can never be taken from us, it’s never a loss but a gain in all worth having.

(See Jeremiah 10:6, Daniel 4:3, Hebrews 1:3)