Monday, September 21, 2009
The Days of Elijah - A devotion for Monday, 9/21/2009
The Days of Elijah
"Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite..." (1 Kings 21:28--ESV)
I remember once attending the worship practice at a friend's church when a dispute broke out over a song. The group had just begun to practice "The Days of Elijah" when a congregant (also observing the practice) began to vehemently complain. He forcefully stated "these are not the days of Elijah! That song is theological wrong and we shouldn't sing it!"
The worship pastor smiled and patiently asked "so, what are the days of Elijah?" After some resistance the man ultimately admitted he did not know. With great tact the leader then asked, "well, if you don't know what this phrase means then how can you claim the song is wrong?"
The fact is that these certainly are the days of Elijah--at least in the sense that we (like Elijah) are charged with declaring the Word of the Lord. The entire point of the song is that just like the ancient believers of old, we exist to embrace and live out a radical, counter-cultural faith. Notice the words of the two main verses of this song listed below:
These are the days of Elijah,
Declaring the word of the Lord:
And these are the days of Your servant Moses,
Righteousness being restored.
And though these are days of great trial,
Of famine and darkness and sword,
Still, we are the voice in the desert crying
'Prepare ye the way of the Lord!
These are the days of Ezekiel,
The dry bones becoming as flesh;
And these are the days of Your servant David,
Rebuilding a temple of praise.
These are the days of the harvest,
The fields are as white in Your world,
And we are the labourers in Your vineyard,
Declaring the word of the Lord!
Will you boldly declare the Word of God as did Elijah?
Will you zealously seek to live in righteousness as did Moses?
Will you embrace the Spirit-given life as did Ezekiel?
Will you build a temple of praise as did David?
Will you labor in service to Jesus as did the apostles?
These are the days.
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