Great and Mighty King
This week in the 11:00 service we will be singing "Great and Mighty King". There are several texts in the Scriptures the song could originate from. For example, the chorus, "Oh great and mighty King, You reign in majesty, before Your throne we sing 'holy, holy'!" could be taken from Revelation 4 and 5. This is the great exaltation of Christ standing at the right hand of God on the throne with "myriads" of people singing together in one voice the worth of our Savior.
The bridge, "Your glory fills this place, we shout unending praise, forever hallelujah, forever hallelujah", may be a hint to Isaiah 6, that famous theophany of the prophet in the temple as he catches a glimpse of the Lord high and lifted up and the train of His robe filling the temple. Or perhaps this is in reference to the tabernacle being completed in Numbers 9:15-23. When Moses finished filling the tabernacle with all of its furniture and decoration, Moses covered it with the tent and the cloud descended and the "glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle."
Regardless, this song is wrought with Biblical allusion and passages that point to the greatness and might of our God. For me, Psalm 147 comes to mind. In this Psalm, we are simply reminded of all the things the Lord does that are His alone to do. We notice His activity with the created world and the natural order that is His to command. The Lord makes the clouds, brings rain and grows the grass. He commands the winds to blow. It demonstrates that He is active in the affairs of humanity. He gathers nations, and builds up cities, he is close to the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds. His pleasure in us doesn't come from our achievements or our strength, but in our ability to fear the Lord. And what is our response supposed to be to all the things our God reveals? Singing! Making melody and music! It is the universal act of thanksgiving for such a gracious and wonderful God!
So, open your mouths and sing these great truths from the Word of God this weekend!