Linda called for this one: Soldiers of the Lion, by Chuck Girard. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5) is not a tame lion, and it is our glory to be allowed to enter into the labors of all His saints. And if the lyrics are a bit much for squishy, world-pleasing Christians–You’ve had the planet long enough… Get you back to outer darkness–well, that’s all to the good.
This is another one Susan suggested–Your Love Broke Through (Like Waking Up from the Longest Dream) by Keith Green.
Hopefully there are some newcomers to this blog today–can’t make any progress without ’em. If you’re new, and there’s a hymn you’d like to see posted here, just leave a comment anywhere on this blog and we’ll do the rest. The hymn shop is always open, and open to all.
Susan has asked for this one–The Easter Song, sung by The Second Chapter of Acts–so here it is.
Second Chapter of Acts is a Christian rock group named for that chapter in which the Holy Spirit first descends upon the first church in Jerusalem–as Jesus promised that it would.
Requested by Erlene, here is Rise Again by Dallas Holm.
Rejoice, rejoice in Easter!
Now let me see if I can find and post my favorite Easter movie clip for you.
This is a psalm about the Messiah, Our Lord Jesus Christ. It words provide no comfort to His enemies; but to us who love Him, they are sweet.
This is Good Friday, marking His humiliation and torment and death on the Cross–for us. For you and for me.
This Psalm is about what happens afterward.
Hey! Easter’s almost here!
Okay, we’ve got a couple thousand people in the Royal Albert Hall to sing this for you–Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee, music by Beethoven, a project of the Holy Spirit. Turn it up, turn it way up!
Thank you, Erlene, for suggesting this–We Are an Offering, by Chris Christian.
In light of the constant seepage of bad news, let us remember Paul’s exhortation to Christians to “offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God” (Romans 12:1). God will use us: He will let us enter into His work. And bearing in mind that He uses weak things to overthrow the mighty, and foolish things to confound the wise, and things that are despised to undo the things that are honored by this fallen world (1 Corinthians 1)… it may be that He’s got the bad guys right where He wants them.
I happened to listen to Amy Grant’s introduction to this worship song, and it struck me that being a Christian performing artist–a Christian artist, mind you, using one’s art to deliver God’s message–carries with it a burden that cannot be shouldered lightly. People are going to tell you their troubles. And you’re going to wind up praying silently, “O Lord, what can I say? What can I tell this person? And what if I say the wrong thing?”
Thy Word Is a Lamp Unto My Feet, taken from Psalm 119, is one of my very favorite worship songs, here performed by Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. Now it’ll be with me all day–and I don’t mind at all.
See you when I get back from the nursing home.
I needed to flush my brain out, after that last post. Erlene recommended Psalm 134, set to music: and I was captivated by this rendition of it, sung–in the Maori language–by the Aotearoa Tokaikolo Youth in Auckland, New Zealand. There’s something wonderful about God’s word coming to us in every language known to humankind.
And for those of us who don’t speak Maori:
Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, which by night stand in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. The Lord that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion. (King James Version)
Thanks, Erlene, for requesting this–Come Holy Spirit by Bryan Duncan.
Anyone who doesn’t think we need the Holy Spirit has got to get out more.