11 Sep

Wednesday Is for Worship: Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies)

 Wednesday Is for Worship

Hello to you on this Wednesday!  It’s been a while since I’ve put out a Wednesday Is for Worship, but I’m excited about getting back into the groove.  I’m always blessed by the songs featured here, and I pray that you are too.

Today I want to share with you a song that is so encouraging.  We undoubtedly live in times of trouble and face instability all around us locally, nationally, and internationally.  Furthermore, wickedness abounds.  There is plenty to be fearful of, but today’s song reminds us that those who are Jesus Christ’s ultimately have nothing to fear.  I’m talking about “Whom Shall I Fear (God of Angel Armies).”

Written in 2012 by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Scott Cash and published through Worship Together Music, “Whom Shall I Fear” is the first single released in 2012 from Chris Tomlin’s seventh studio album called “Burning Lights.”  Both the song and the album have hit #1 on the Christian music charts.  It’s so easy to see why!

The first verse reminds us that God never turns a deaf ear to us, His children, even in times of darkness.  His light always breaks through.  The second verse declares the victory and protection that is ours through God.  The final verse rejoices in God being our strength, our savior, our deliverer, and the victorious one.

Each verse ends with the ever-relevant question, “Whom shall I fear?”  which draws from the biblical context of Psalm 27 where David asks that very question.  The intended answer, of course, is nobody but God.  The reason is spelled out in the chorus.  The God of Angel Armies envelopes us before and behind; the God of angel armies in all of His sovereignty is a friend to us, on our side, and always by our side.  That’s an awesome, encouraging reality!

The bridge rehearses the fear-stifling realities of the impossibility of defeat.  No weapon formed against us will stand because God has the whole world in His hands.  He has promised to protect us and is faithful to His promises.

The songs seems to draw heavily on themes from Psalm 27, but Tomlin points to the story in 2 Kings 6:8-23 as the core biblical inspiration of the song.  It really is a must-read passage!  There the king of Aram was bent on capturing the prophet Elisha because he kept prophetically telling the king of Israel where to fortify against Aramean attack.  The Aramean king sent his army to the city where Elisha was and surrounded it.  When Elisha’s servant saw the army, he became fearful, but Elijah comforted him, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them,” (2 Kings 6:16).  Surely the servant was like, “Uhmm, Bro. Elisha, there’s nobody with us but us!”  So, Elisha then prayed to the Lord to reveal to the servant all of God’s angel army that actually surrounded and outnumbered the Aramean army.  It was an awesome sight to behold and had the effect killing the servant’s fear.

Friends, that God in the story of Elisha is the same God we serve today.  He is still the God of Angel Armies, the Lord of Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts.  In light of this awesome reality, may you fear no one or no thing but God!

I invite you to sing along with Chris as you worship our Almighty God!

VERSE 1
You hear me when I call
You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the light
Whom shall I fear?

VERSE 2
You crush the enemy
Underneath my feet
You are my sword and shield
Though trouble linger still
Whom shall I fear?

CHORUS
I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies is always by my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies is always by my side

VERSE 3
My strength is in Your name
For You alone can save
You will deliver me
Yours is the victory
Whom shall I fear?
Whom shall I fear?

BRIDGE
And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in Your hands
I’m holding on to Your promises
You are faithful
You are faithful

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You can hear Chris Tomlin tell the story behind the song, perform the song, and demonstrate how to play the song at http://worshiptogether.com/songs/songdetail.aspx?iid=1975092.

27 Mar

Wednesday Is for Worship: “I Will Rise”

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Today is Holy Wednesday, the Wednesday before Resurrection Sunday.  On this day, Jesus was in and around Jerusalem teaching, but undoubtedly He had Friday and Sunday in the back of His mind.  On Friday, He would be killed by man as they nailed Him to a crucifix and momentarily forsaken by God as the sins of the world were imputed to Him.  The cross by no means took Him by surprise, but neither did Sunday.  He went to the cross in the full knowledge that He would rise from the dead three days later!

The resurrection of Jesus is one of the greatest Bible truths and means so many things, but in terms of relation to us, one of the things it means is that all who will repent and believe on Jesus will themselves be resurrected unto life someday.  It’s with that great hope this Easter week that I offer today’s Wednesday Is for Worship song, “I Will Rise.”

Written in 2008 by Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves, Louie Giglio, and Matt Maher and published through Thankyou Music, “I Will Rise” was released on Tomlin’s eighth studio album Hello Love.  The album went to #1 on the Christian chart, and the song went to #2.

The song draws on the soul-anchoring truth that Jesus has overcome the grave.  Though our sins are many and totally deserving of death, Christ lived the life that we cannot live and died the death we deserve, and all who believe on His work will one day walk out of the grave too.  We will rise!  His resurrection is the first fruits deposit of our future resurrection.

So, as you prepare your heart to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday, may you be look forward to and long for your resurrection!

VERSE 1
There’s a peace I’ve come to know
Though my heart and flesh may fail
There’s an anchor for my soul
I can say “It is well”

PRECHORUS
Jesus has overcome
And the grave is overwhelmed
The victory is won
He is risen from the dead

CHORUS
And I will rise when He calls my name
No more sorrow, no more pain
I will rise on eagles’ wings
Before my God fall on my knees
And rise
I will rise

VERSE 2
There’s a day that’s drawing near
When this darkness breaks to light
And the shadows disappear
And my faith shall be my eyes

BRIDGE
And I hear the voice of many angels sing,
“Worthy is the Lamb”
And I hear the cry of every longing heart,
“Worthy is the Lamb