April 30, 2022

Days of Elijah

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Today’s song is “Days of Elijah” by the U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is He who made us, and we are His; Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name.  For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”
Psalm 100:1-5 (NIV)

“Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.” 
1 Thessalonians 4:17 (NIV)

With a trumpet call, Jesus will return in the air, in the clouds.  Let’s praise God our Father with the U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton as they sing Days of Elijah.  I can only imagine how this heartfelt performance, with no hint of reserve, would thrill our God above, how our Heavenly Father looks for moments of praise like this from His children, big or small, tall or short, strong or weak, rich or poor.  How often do we hold back our praise, worried about what we may look like or what others may think of us?  Let’s learn a little about praise from these men today.

Although today’s focus could reflect on the author of the song, Robin Mark and his inspiration in the writing of Days of Elijah or on one of the many themes of the song, such as it being a song of hope, declaration, righteousness, unity, and worship to name a few, it will however be of the return of Jesus, specifically through the vehicle of clouds.

God has revealed Himself in the clouds; His greatness and His divine presence of the glory of God have been a vehicle used throughout the ages.  Scripture supports that God’s glory is associated with clouds in the Holy Bible.  God appeared to man in clouds many times in the Old and New Testaments as He guided through clouds, communicated through clouds, dwelled in clouds, revealed through clouds, protected through clouds, travelled via chariots through clouds, warned of wrath through clouds; Jesus Himself prophesied He would return in the clouds.
God guided the Hebrew people and instructed them to find their way to the promised land by following a pillar of cloud.  “By day, the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light so that they could travel by day or night.”
Exodus 13:21 (NIV)
God met and spoke to  Moses in a cloud on the mountain top and said to Moses, “I am going to come to you in a dense cloud so that the people will hear Me speaking with you and will always put their trust in you.”
Exodus 19:9 (NIV)
God dwelled in the temple. When Solomon finished the temple for God, the priest brought the ark of the Lord’s covenant to its place in the temple’s inner sanctuary.  “When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud filled the temple of the LORD, and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled His temple.  Then Solomon said, “The LORD has said that He would dwell in a dark cloud; I have indeed built a magnificent temple for you, a place for you to dwell forever.”
1 Kings 8:10-12 (NIV)
God revealed Himself to Ezekiel.  Ezekiel could do nothing but fall face down when the glory of the Lord appeared to him, and he realized the contrast between God’s holiness and his sinfulness.  “As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face and heard a voice speaking.”
Ezekiel 1:28 (NIV)
God protected and rescued David from the hand of his enemies disguised in a cloud.  “He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under His feet.”
2 Samuel 22:10 (NIV)
Old Testament prophet Samuel spoke of Christ’s chariot when he said, “Look! He advances like the clouds, His chariots come like a whirlwind, His horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us! We are ruined!”
Jeremiah 4:13 (NIV)
God warned of wrath in the book of Revelation, “Look, He is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him” and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of Him.”
Rev 1:7 (NIV)
Jesus himself prophesied of His return, “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.”
Mark 13:26 (NIV)
Yes, Jesus ascended in the clouds, will return in the clouds, and will receive us unto Himself in the clouds.  After Jesus ascended following His crucifixion and return, the men of Galilee looked to the skies, and the angels said, “Why do you stand here looking into the sky?  This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven.”
Act 1:11 (NIV)
With a trumpet call, Jesus will return in the air, in the clouds.  What a joyous day this will be, a sight this will be, a thrill this will be, to be received by Jesus; faithful followers, by invitation only; a meeting in the air, in the clouds of glory, to spend eternity with our creator, saviour and friend.

It’s a Year of Jubilee; salvation comes!
There’s no God like Jehovah!

In Christ,
Lou-Anne

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Days of Elijah
Lyrics

These are the days of Elijah
Declaring the Word of the Lord
And these are the days of his servant, Moses
Righteousness being restored
And these are the days of great trial
Of famine and darkness and sword
So we are the voice in the desert crying
Prepare ye the way of the Lord

And these are the days of Ezekiel
The dry bones becoming as flesh
And these are the days of his servant, David
Building the temple of praise
And these are the days of the harvest
The fields are all white in your world
And we are the labourers that are in your vineyard
declaring the word of the Lord

Behold he comes
Riding on a cloud
Shining like the sun
At the trumpet’s call
Lift your voice
It’s the year of jubilee
Out of Zion’s hill salvation comes

There’s no God like Jehovah
There’s no God like Jehovah
There’s no God like Jehovah 

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May we grow together in the love of Christ to reflect upon the mercies and blessings upon our lives, to feel the presence of God’s living Holy Spirit through worship, to sing, pray, laugh, dance, cry, but mostly to praise our Lord and Father as we were indeed created2praise.