A Year of Jubilee is Coming!

A Year of Jubilee is Coming!

Sometimes the music that we choose for worship – just seems to fit so well.  It’s the work of the Holy Spirit you know.  At Messiah, we choose our music months in advance because the use of a Lectionary allows for this level of preparedness.  Of course, we might update our song choices as the date approaches should the Holy Spirit moves us in some other direction.

 

Several months ago, I chose “Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble?” for this coming Sunday.  Right now, it feels so right to me on so many different levels that it just has to be the Holy Spirit’s guiding hand.

 

Let me explain, and we’ll start with the song lyrics:

 

Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble?

 

Verse 1:

Did you feel the mountains tremble?

Did you hear the oceans roar?

When the people rose to sing of;

Jesus Christ the risen One.

 

Verse 2:

Did you feel the people tremble?

Did you hear the singers roar?

When the lost began to sing of;

Jesus Christ the saving One.

 

BRIDGE 1:

And we can see that God You’re moving.

A mighty river through the nations.

And young and old will turn to Jesus.

Fling wide you heavenly gates;

Prepare the way of the risen Lord.

 

Chorus:

Open up the doors and let the music play,

Let the streets resound with singing.

Songs that bring Your hope,

Songs that bring Your joy,

Dancers who dance upon injustice.

                                   

Verse 3:

Do you feel the darkness tremble?

When all the saints join in one song.

And all the streams flow as one river;

To wash away our brokenness.

 

BRIDGE 2:

And here we see that God You’re moving.

A time of jubilee is coming.

When young and old return to Jesus.

Fling wide you heavenly gates;

Prepare the way of the risen Lord.

 

CCLI Song No. 1097028

© 1994 Curious? Music UK (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)

Martin Smith

 

This is a song of hope, joy and unity in Christ.  I originally chose it for this third Sunday in Advent because of the lyric “prepare the way for the Lord” and it’s natural tie-in to John the Baptist and the season of Advent.   But as the date grew closer; other lines in this song began to resonate with me.  For example, if you are a WELS reader (as many of you are), you will quickly associate with the “Year of Jubilee” line.  Also, we are doing a responsive reading of Psalm 71 on this particular Sunday by age groups (young & old) which align with the song lyric “When young and old will turn to Jesus.”  You can view our planned reading of this Psalm here:

 

https://sjbrown58.wordpress.com/2008/11/28/psalm-71-%e2%80%93-generational-responsive-reading-selected-verses/

           

Lastly, we are between Pastors right now and there’s a subtle air of brokenness among us, so the lyric that states: “When all the saints join in one song.  And all the streams flow as one river; To wash away our brokenness” takes on a beautiful meaning.  And by the way, our Shepherd is watching over his flock in South Windsor CT because we are being led by an interim semi-retired Pastor who’s just wonderful; and I might add, perfectly willing to worship God through the use of Contemporary music.  I’ve heard it said that music transcends time!  Our hymns certainly attest to this fact.

 

We are going to be singing this song with a lot of energy on Sunday.  Music is such a wonderful gift from God.  I have every expectation that as we come together in unity and belt out this chorus that God will be moving, people will tremble, our brokenness will be washed away, and yes the darkness will tremble as well.  He does every time that our worship is this spirited.

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