Days of Elijah

These are the days of Elijah
Declaring the word of the Lord, yeah
And these are the days of Your servant Moses
Righteousness being restored

We watched this at Robin’s funeral 10 days ago – it was one of his favourite songs. It focuses on Old Testament heroes – so important in the Christian narrative… In Jesus’ transfiguration he appears with Moses and Elijah… the law and the prophets explain and point to Jesus…

These are the days of great trials
Of famine and darkness and sword
Still we are the voice in the desert crying
Prepare ye the way of the Lord!

The old stories are so relevant today… trials, famine, darkness, sword… actual and metaphorical… personal and international… preparing to see God’s involvement. God is there when life’s at its worst.

And these are the days of Ezekiel
The dry bones becoming flesh
And these are the days of Your servant, David
Rebuilding a temple of praise

Ezekiel’s dry bones speak of the hope of life from death… resurrection and the great Easter story. David and the temple… establishing what’s right for God’s worship… the place and its nature… God’s ongoing relationship with His people…

And these are the days of the harvest
The fields are all white in Your world
And we are the laborers that are in Your vineyard
Declaring the Word of the Lord

Music can involve our emotions. Here is whole-hearted passion, enjoyment and enthusiasm, often seen on the football terraces or in a karaoke club, but rarely seen in God-songs.

Behold He comes, riding on the clouds
Shining like the sun at the trumpet’s call
Lift your voice, year of Jubilee
Out of Zion’s hill, salvation comes

At the risk of seeming sexist… There’s strength in a group of men singing powerfully together – the camaraderie, the positive unity of purpose and intent is something we need in life – and especially in our churches:

There’s no God like Jehovah!
There’s no God like Jehovah!

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