You know what an oxymoron is, right? It's when two words of a common phrase can be seen as contradicting each other. For example:
- Jumbo Shrimp
- Civil War
- Political Ethics
In the worship song, Hear Our Song, Jadon Lavik, Marc Byrd, and Steve Hindalong have given us a two-word phrase that just may be asking for inclusion in that list: Joyous Surrender
joyous (joi-uhs)adj. 1. Having a happy nature or mood; 2. joyful Synonyms: cheerful, ecstatic, exuberant, festive, jubilant, merry, upbeat
surrender (suh-ren-der) verb 1. to yield (something) to the possession or power of another; deliver up possession of on demand or under duress; 2. to give (oneself) up, as to the police; 3. to give up, abandon, or relinquish (comfort, hope, etc.) Synonyms: abdication, capitulation, relinquishment, succumbing
And now...consider how the phrase is used in the song:
Truth is...while giving up seems like a negative thing that certainly wouldn't result in an abundance of joy, when a person stops fighting against God and instead trusts in His perfect love and says, with the Apostle Paul, "To live is Christ" (Philippians 1:21), there is a deep joy that surpasses the fleeting happiness of happenstance.
And so I joyously say...I surrender all.