Rejoice!

One of the songs we’re going to be singing on Sunday morning is, ‘Come and stand before your Maker (Rejoice).’
‘Rejoice’ helpfully puts some of the great stories and truths of the Bible to song. It begins by acknowledging the awe-inspiring power and glory of God, who brought everything into being and sustains it day by day (Colossians 1:17). But the great God of the Bible doesn’t remain distant – He “bends to bless us with an unrelenting love.” What a glorious word picture to describe the amazing love of our almighty God! And what a great thought to drive us into praise, as the chorus calls us to rejoice!
The third and fourth verses capture something of the wonder that this almighty God has chosen a people for Himself, and that as men and women and boys and girls who have been “won with everlasting kindness, bought with sacrificial blood,” we have a great calling: to tell others of the amazing reconciliation God has achieved for us – and that He promises to bring to everyone who will come to Him (2 Corinthians 5:16-21).
One of the immeasurable privileges of being a “child of the promise” is that we love, trust, and serve a God who lived in our world, experienced all of our pain and sorrow, and truly understands all of our struggles (Hebrews 4:15). His name is Jesus, the Son of God, and He walks beside us in the midst of our tragedy and agony – bringing us blessing in the battle, and every reason to take heart and stand amazed.
So, let us rejoice! Let us sing of mercies to our King, and with trembling – rejoice.

 

Come and stand before your Maker
Full of wonder, full of fear
Come behold His power and glory
Yet with confidence draw near
For the one who holds the heavens
And commands the stars above
Is the God who bends to bless us
With an unrelenting love
Rejoice, come and lift your hands and
Raise your voice, He is worthy of our praise
Rejoice, sing of mercies of your King
And with trembling, rejoice
We are children of the promise
The beloved of the Lord
Won with everlasting kindness
Bought with sacrificial blood
Bringing reconciliation
To a world that longs to know
The affections of a Father
Who will never let them go
Rejoice, come and lift your hands and
Raise your voice, He is worthy of our praise
Rejoice, sing of mercies of your King
and with trembling, rejoice
All our sickness, all our sorrows
Jesus carried up the hill
He has walked this path before us
He is walking with us still
Turning tragedy to triumph
Turning agony to praise
There is blessing in the battle
So take heart and stand amazed
Rejoice, when you cry to Him He hears
Your voice, He will wipe away your tears
Rejoice, in the midst of suffering
He will help you sing
Rejoice, come and lift your hands and
Raise your voice, He is worthy of our praise
Rejoice, sing of mercies of your King
And with trembling rejoice
Words by Dustin Kensrue and Stuart Townend.  Music by Dustin Kensrue

 

 ‘Rejoice‘ is available on Spotify, and there are various music videos (some less legal than others!) on YouTube.