Sing Unto the Lord


Redemption Songs and Judgement Songs
September 17, 2007, 9:53 pm
Filed under: General Music, Thinking Music

I can already tell that this week will be a week of listening and reviewing. I’m doing an i-pod review on Sunday night at church so I’m churning through lots of music. I listened to lots of MarsHill music last night. My all time favorite song that they sing there is called ‘Destructor’. I blogged about it a while ago but I thought it may be apt to stick in what I wrote way back then…
Here are the words:”From the first time you flooded the earth; to the last time you burned up the curse; to the way that you hated your son when you hung all the sins of the world. Holy, Holy, Holy… heavens disappear with a roar, hosts of God will come to destroy, send his declaration of war, God will have his glory one way or another.”
The second verse is all about Jesus and that he is glorious. The lyrics are different to most contemporary songs being written. We don’t often sing about Judgement although we do sing about God’s holiness. I wonder if our hesitation comes from the way that we have been taught about evangelism. Growing up in church and youth group I always believed that the prime reason for telling others about Jesus is because we should not them to go to hell. The urgency we have for evangelism is the urgency you would have to prevent a friend from making a bad mistake. You don’t want them to get hurt. The focus is on the person. You don’t want them to go to hell. A sensible person wouldn’t want that on anyone. Therefore we shouldn’t sing songs about God’s judgement because that is the big bad thing that we are trying to get everyone away from. There are two big problems with this view. The first is that as a sinful human, I don’t care enough about others. I am self-centred and unless someone is very close to me, I don’t feel the need to save them from God’s wrath. The second is that this isn’t what the Bible holds as the primary goal of evangelism. The bible teaches that all things are being brought under the headship of Jesus (Eph1:10) and we as christians are part of this new world order (Eph1:11-12) and so when a new believer puts their trust in Jesus and is sealed with the Holy Spirit they are giving glory to Jesus (Eph1:13-14). We should be so captivated by all of God’s glory that we can’t help but tell others about him, to the praise of his glory. This is why David can cry out for God to come in Judgement on the wicked (Psalm 10:12-15). He cares about God’s glory being upheld more than anything else. This is why we can praise God for his holiness and the way that it is seen in his judgement upon the earth, because his holiness and it’s display in the final judgement is glorious.So songs like “Destructor” are helpful to give me a wake up call. Remember what matters most is God’s glory, and he will have it one way or another.
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Since you blogged Mars Hill’s music yesterday, I’ve listened to about 50 of their songs (I downloaded them all yesterday arvo).
I love them! Not only are they good to listen to, but they are so theologically rich (my favourites are those taken from the Bible).
Thanks for the heads up!

Comment by hayesy

Dude, my thoughts too, destructor is my fav, i like the Red Letter version the best, drums and guitar crank so much in it.

Comment by Duke

Agreed. The intro riff on the red letter version is awesome. Kinda reminds me of dead or alive by Bon Jovi. that is not necessarily a good thing.

Comment by Dan

Thanks for the Destructor lyrics! Found this post searching for Red Letter / Mars Hill lyrics to put in iTunes so I can worship along on my iPod

“The first is that as a sinful human, I don’t care enough about others. I am self-centred and unless someone is very close to me, I don’t feel the need to save them from God’s wrath.”

Well said. Sad reality. May God light our fire to care to share the hope within us with the walking dead all around us despite the cost (which in America – jaded opinions, gossip, & verbal slander – lets face it… it’s quite weak in contrast to many other hostile environments to the Gospel)

Comment by Sean

BTW, I think the first, if not one of the first MH songs I downloaded on iTunes and listened to was Red Letter’s God is Our Strength (same as One Righteous Man)

Wow! Best song musically (yeah, I like it hard) and the lyrics are great as well:

We will not fear,
Though the earth gives way
Though mountains fall
Into the sea
We will not stray
Though waters roar
God is our strength

Come and behold
The works of the Lord
Righteous and peace
Righteous surround
He lifts his voice
Earth melts away
Still He is great

Be still and know that I am God
Be still and know that I am God
He says, Be still and know that I am God
He says, Be still and know that I am God
Be still

(from Psalm 46)

Their version of “Come Thou Fount” is also very, very good.

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