We sang O, Church Arise by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend in church on Sunday. It really touched my heart and reminded me, once again, that we are in a battle. It also encouraged me greatly to know that we are not in the battle alone.
The lyrics are so beautiful. (I posted them below) Christ is our captain and when we listen to Him we can stand against the devil’s schemes. When we are weak we become strong in the strength that God gives us. There are so many days as a mom, teacher,and wife that I feel weak and like I can’t do it all. What power I have in knowing that in my weakness I can become strong through God who gives me strength. We will have trials in this life, but we can remember that the outcome is secure…Jesus will have the prize that he died for. We have to look at the eternal picture and not our momentary problems.
The last verse is such amazing encouragement. We should ask the Holy Spirit to put strength in our every stride and grace for every hurdle we face. Having the Spirit do this so that we can run our race to completion with faith, knowing that many saints have gone before us and retell the stories of triumphs due to His grace.
Here are the lyrics to the song. Please take the time to read through them. They will speak volumes to your soul. Also, PLEASE take the time to click here to watch the youtube video.O, Church Arise on You Tube
O church, arise and put your armor on; Hear the call of Christ our captain; For now the weak can say that they are strong In the strength that God has given. With shield of faith and belt of truth We’ll stand against the devil’s lies; An army bold whose battle cry is “Love!” Reaching out to those in darkness.
Our call to war, to love the captive soul, But to rage against the captor; And with the sword that makes the wounded whole We will fight with faith and valor. When faced with trials on ev’ry side, We know the outcome is secure, And Christ will have the prize for which He died— An inheritance of nations.
Come, see the cross where love and mercy meet, As the Son of God is stricken; Then see His foes lie crushed beneath His feet, For the Conqueror has risen! And as the stone is rolled away, And Christ emerges from the grave, This vict’ry march continues till the day Ev’ry eye and heart shall see Him.
So Spirit, come, put strength in ev’ry stride, Give grace for ev’ry hurdle, That we may run with faith to win the prize Of a servant good and faithful. As saints of old still line the way, Retelling triumphs of His grace, We hear their calls and hunger for the day When, with Christ, we stand in glory.
Words and Music by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend Copyright © 2005 Thankyou Music
Phillipians 4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Please note: I believe that many people use this verse out of context to claim they can do anything they want to do, whether or not it is His will. This is not the case….You can do anything God wills for you to do through HIS strength.)
Hope you have a blessed Wednesday and keep on, keeping on.