[ORIGINAL] I Am Mountain, Burning

It has been a while since I was inspired and compelled to write/complete a song. For the past year and a bit I’ve had thoughts here and there, bits and pieces left in my archives, but it is amazing how conviction leads to praises and action.

This song is based on Zephaniah 3 [show] Woe to her who is rebellious and defiled, the oppressing city! [2]She listens to no voice; she accepts no correction. She does not trust in the LORD; she does not draw near to her God. [3]Her officials within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves that leave nothing till the morning. [4]Her prophets are fickle, treacherous men; her priests profane what is holy; they do violence to the law. [5]The LORD within her is righteous; he does no injustice; every morning he shows forth his justice; each dawn he does not fail; but the unjust knows no shame. [6]"I have cut off nations; their battlements are in ruins; I have laid waste their streets so that no one walks in them; their cities have been made desolate, without a man, without an inhabitant. [7]I said, 'Surely you will fear me; you will accept correction. Then your dwelling would not be cut off according to all that I have appointed against you.' But all the more they were eager to make all their deeds corrupt. [8]"Therefore wait for me," declares the LORD, "for the day when I rise up to seize the prey. For my decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out upon them my indignation, all my burning anger; for in the fire of my jealousy all the earth shall be consumed. [9]"For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call upon the name of the LORD and serve him with one accord. [10]From beyond the rivers of Cush my worshipers, the daughter of my dispersed ones, shall bring my offering. [11]"On that day you shall not be put to shame because of the deeds by which you have rebelled against me; for then I will remove from your midst your proudly exultant ones, and you shall no longer be haughty in my holy mountain. [12]But I will leave in your midst a people humble and lowly. They shall seek refuge in the name of the LORD, [13]those who are left in Israel; they shall do no injustice and speak no lies, nor shall there be found in their mouth a deceitful tongue. For they shall graze and lie down, and none shall make them afraid." [14]Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! [15]The LORD has taken away the judgments against you; he has cleared away your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall never again fear evil. [16]On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: "Fear not, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak. [17]The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing. [18]I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival, so that you will no longer suffer reproach. [19]Behold, at that time I will deal with all your oppressors. And I will save the lame and gather the outcast, and I will change their shame into praise and renown in all the earth. [20]At that time I will bring you in, at the time when I gather you together; for I will make you renowned and praised among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes," says the LORD.
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(maybe that’s a stretch), and it felt the most appropriate to apply the judgment upon my own life. Sometimes you fall back into a state or season of depravity and rebellion, but the good news is that we are still offered the chance to repent and rebuild our eternal relationship with God! How wonderful it is that He would still choose to reach out to us even when we have cowered into the darkness! I am so thankful that He was still calling to me, placing others in my life, convicting me of truths and my Ninevehs.

I’m still a work-in-progress (um, progressive sanctification?), but I hope you can be encouraged to seek strengthening your relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Woe to me, my rebellious defiled heart; my closed ears and refusal for correction.
Woe to me, my distrust and distance.

The officials within: roaring loudly, manes flowing.
The judges: like wolves, leaving nothing till morning.
The prophets: fickle; the priests: profane.
You do not fail, yet I know no shame.

You are righteous, You’re with me, You do no injustice.
You are most fair, each dawn you do not fail.
Yet I know no shame, yet I know no shame.

Cut down this mountain, set it ablaze.
Bring me to calm pastures, lead me to graze.
Let me sing louder and louder still,
Gladness, exhaltation; may my heart You fill.

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In 2005, my friend Perry wrote a couple of poems and with his permission I chose a simple chord structure to accommodate it. The results were less than stellar, due in part to using a computer microphone and choosing to sing with a soft falsetto… After 8 years, it was time to revisit and modernise this piece which also rings true to my heart. Numerous times I’ve blogged/spoken to people about how I feel I’ve been in a constant melancholy relationship with the Lord for a long time; about how I often ask Him why he still blesses me despite all the “red in my book”. The answer, of course, is grace…and if I ever finish reading Philip Yancey’s What’s So Amazing About Grace? I’ll probably have a better understanding and appreciation, aside from praying and reading my Bible daily y’know.

Below are the lyrics (also found at Perry’s old blog), as well as both the (pretty awful) 2005 recording and the completely different 2013 attempt.

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[ORIGINAL] Hey! There’s The Good News!

Perhaps the final song for this upcoming Weekend22 (maybe apart from a cover or two?), this one started out with the most difficulty writing lyrics for. I started out just humming, and felt this should have been an instrumental/interlude/lyricsless song…but with encouragement and a mention of “sunshine”, the words began flowing. That, combined with a bright and sunny Sunday afternoon (to which I neglected posting my sermon notes until later)…resulted in a story about a beautiful day being met with the realization a storm is inevitable. This is continued with ascension to a high point bringing the storm into perspective, and finally an earthquake signifying the end of everything. The story concludes (or rather, truly begins) by meeting the one who kept you protected during this time, even taking all harm upon himself, telling you to spread the news…but alas, you admit that your meekness is the hindrance.

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I see the bright sunshine all around me, I feel the warmth on my skin; its surprising.
But it won’t always be so sunny, I know that there’s a storm a coming; can I still smile?

You take me up to a mountaintop to overlook the city.
The view, it takes my breath away; its mesmerizing.
But up ahead in the horizon, awfully close to Mount Zion, I see the churning clouds!

There’s lightning and thunder now, striking all around. Massive trembling in the ground — Earthquake!

I wake up to find your body protecting me.
There were scars on your hands and feet, they were bleeding.
You helped me up and told me to go back to the city, and tell everyone what has happened here on Calvary.
But I don’t know if I can do it, my tongue gets tied and I get so timid; can You still smile?