O Church, Arise

You’ve probably never heard of Keith and Kristyn Getty.

But you’ve probably heard of the song “In Christ Alone“, which they wrote and which has become famous all over the world…

Stephanie and I went to chapel at Southeastern yesterday (that’s an entirely different blog post… I’ll have to keep you in suspense for a while :0), and lead worshiper went on and on about the power and beauty of the hymn-like songs that the Gettys have written. He lead us in a song called “O Church, Arise“. I was blown away. You could tell me that it was written 200 years ago by Charles Spurgeon and I wouldn’t think twice. When I got back to work, I immediately downloaded it on iTunes, and listened to it about a dozen times while I worked.

The chapel speaker yesterday, Dr. Akin, got me really excited when he said that every great revival in history has been accompanied by powerful, theologically sound hymns (that’s the word he used, though I guess ‘songs’ would be more fair). He also said that a new generation of worship music is on the rise…

I think he might be right. Check out this first verse from “O Church, Arise”:

O church, arise and put your armor on;
Hear the call of Christ our captain;
For now the weak can say that they are strong
In the strength that God has given.
With shield of faith and belt of truth
We’ll stand against the devil’s lies;
An army bold whose battle cry is “Love!”
Reaching out to those in darkness.

I would post the rest, but I guess that would be illegal, so follow the links and see for yourself.

Aslan is on the move…


2 Responses

  1. I enjoyed reading your comments about what God is teaching you right now. I am one of the pastors in a Southern Baptist church, and am rethinking many things right now, too.

    “O Church Arise” is a song I plan to teach our congregation soon. Getty calls his songs, “modern hymns”, which is fitting, I think, because of their rich poetry. Like many hymns from generations before, they stand alone, by their lyrics, unlike much of what is written today.

    Take care, my brother.

  2. Thanks for your comments, Sean. I’m glad you found me! What are you rethinking?

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