I Will Rise

Singing is an important part of the believer’s life. We don’t simply sing praises to God for thirty minutes of a worship service to distract, entertain, or fill time. It is an integral part of worship as is the preached word of God.

But there is a particular power within music that is difficult to explain. Corporate or individual singing has the ability to influence, shape, convict, and encourage our hearts in a specific way.

This is why the Bible is full of songs and full of commands to sing them, particularly to the Lord. The command to sing to the Lord is everywhere (Exodus 15:12, 1 Chronicles 16:9 & 23, Psalm 33:3, Ephesians 5:19, and these are only a few). And songs are everywhere (Exodus 15, Numbers 21, Judges 5, 2 Samuel 22, etc., etc.). Heck, the Psalms are a book of songs to be sung.

Before we go further, know two things:

  1. I’m not really a “music person.” In other words, it’s not something I naturally gravitate to.
  2. I’m not a “Christian music person.” I don’t really listen to that much Christian music.

So this recommendation isn’t coming from a worship director, a music connoisseur, or a Christian music junkie.

But there is a specific song that has encouraged my heart and soul in profound ways the past months. In that time I’ve had a friend’s infant die, a friend of my high school students committed suicide, several friends have miscarried, several friends have been diagnosed with cancer, a relative of one of my high school students passed away, my sister got diagnosed with M.S., and several other mini-tragedies have occurred in and around my family.

My hunch is your story isn’t that different. Life gets us discouraged, depressed, defeated.

And that’s why we have songs.

Here’s the song that has encouraged my heart so deeply – it’s by Chris Tomlin and it’s entitled “I Will Rise.” We sing it at The Crossing frequently, but I’ve been listening to it a lot more than just on Sunday mornings.

The promise of the future resurrection, that all our tears and sorrows and pains and agony will be wiped away. Gone! My heart can sing to that.

May we find hope and strength in the promises of the Gospel. Listen to the song, listen to the words, and I think you’ll benefit.

“I Will Rise”

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”

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

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

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

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”
[x2]

[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

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