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Weekly Devotionals

Knowing You, Jesus

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, 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 is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Philippians 3:7-11

A few weeks ago, I shared that the above passage was basis of a praise song that really impacted my life after I finally gave myself wholly to the Lord. The title of the song is Knowing You (All I Once Held Dear) and it was originally written by a person named Graham Kendrick, but it’s been covered many times over since by various artists. The version that impacted me was a cover done by the Passion Group.

Though it’s been 25 years, I still remember the moment I heard this song pretty vividly. I was alone in my room in an apartment that I shared with some friends in K-town, Los Angeles. It hadn’t been too long after I devoted my life to Jesus…maybe a few months?… when one night I put in this CD to listen to some praise songs off a Passion album. Being a new Christian at that time, I was just being introduced to the reality of contemporary Christian music, so many of the Christian songs commonly sung at church at that time, and for years, were brand new to me. So it was with naive excitement and curiosity that I began to explore Christian music and it was in this context that I heard the song, Knowing You.

Though I was thoroughly enjoying the other songs on that album, when I heard Knowing You, it was as if the world stopped. The lyrics of the song immediately captivated me as I heard them to be this strange combination of new words being heard for the first time, yet so so very familiar to me as if it were my own, my own confession. Needless to say, I broke down in great joy and devotion, great tears and snot, saying yes and amen to all I was hearing (the music was great too!).

So again, I shared this testimony about this passage and song in one of my recent messages when that night, I got a text from someone from church that had linked a YouTube clip of another artist, Shane and Shane, covering this song. When I listened to it, I was first of all, really surprised as I know Shane and Shane but hadn’t ever hear their cover of this song before. Second of all, I was amazed by how amazing their cover of it was. But most of all, I was really appreciative of this person for introducing to me, this version of the song because I was re-blessed, bringing me back to a taste of my first love for Jesus. Since then, I’ve been regularly listening to Shane and Shane’s cover of Knowing You to start my morning devotion time.

So all this to say, I wanted to share this Shane and Shane version with you as I believe it’s worth the listen (and watch, since it’s a YouTube clip) for the music itself is truly amazing, but especially in hopes that what blessed me, might bless you too!

So here’s the link to the Shane and Shane version of Knowing You, and following it, is a link to the original version from Passion that I first listened to.

Love you all, and may the lyrics of this song become the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts, pleasing unto Jesus, amen!