A Great Challenge..

The first time I heard this song by Phil Wickam was as my daughter sang along. There is a dance vibe around it that makes you put it on replay. But the words never meant so much to me till i visited a town in the North Eastern part of Kenya where visiting the house of worship several times a day is part of their daily lives. A call to prayer is made and everyone yields or stops where they are and what they are doing to pray. 

Growing up, I was socialised to know that the church was the house of God,  where we gathered to praise and worship Him as a congregation. I was however reminded that I could call on Him at any time as He lived and still lives in each of our hearts, the same thing I have taught my children. When Covid 19 hit and churches were closed, we had to find new ways of congregational worship, some that have been very instrumental in my journey with online fellowship going on many months later and personal Bible study becoming an every day joy.. 

Thinking about this song today made me long to heed to this call. It’s sad that we have turned some of our houses of prayer to market places, with many becoming takers instead of givers. This is a topic for another day, because this is a judgement call that only God can take. For now, let me drop the lyrics for this amazing song here, hope it speaks to you today. 

We worship the God who was
We worship the God who is
We worship the God who evermore will be
He opened the prison doors
He parted the raging sea
My God, He holds the victory…… There’s joy in the house of the Lord
There’s joy in the house of the Lord today
And we won’t be quiet
We shout out Your praise, There’s joy in the house of the Lord
Our God is surely in this place
And we won’t be quiet
We shout out Your praise
(Oh-oh, oh) we shout out Your praise
(Oh-oh, oh)….We sing to the God who heals
We sing to the God who saves
We sing to the God who always makes a way
‘Cause He hung up on that cross
Then He rose up from that grave
My God’s still rolling stones away, There’s joy in the house of the Lord
There’s joy in the house of the Lord today
And we won’t be quiet
We shout out Your praise, There’s joy in the house of the Lord
Our God is surely in this place
And we won’t be quiet
We shout out Your praise, We were the beggars
Now we’re royalty
We were the prisoners
Now we’re running free
We are forgiven, accepted
Redeemed by His grace
Let the house of the Lord sing praise ‘Cause we were the beggars
Now we’re royalty
We were the prisoners
Now we’re running free
We are forgiven, accepted
Redeemed by His grace
Let the house of the Lord sing praise, There’s joy in the house of the Lord (there is joy in the house)
There’s joy in the house of the Lord today
And we won’t be quiet (oh yeah)
We shout out Your praise (I wanna shout out Your praise)There’s joy in the house of the Lord (there is joy)
Our God is surely in this place (there is joy)
And we won’t be quiet
We shout out Your praise (we gonna shout out Your praise)There’s joy in the house of the Lord
There’s joy in the house of the Lord today
And we won’t be quiet
We shout out Your praise (we gonna shout out Your praise)There’s joy in the house of the Lord (there is joy, there is joy)
Our God is surely in this place (joy in this place)
And we won’t be quiet (we won’t be quiet)
We shout out Your praise, We shout out Your praise
There is joy in the house, there is joy in the house today
We shout out Your praise
We shout out Your praise

Source: Musixmatch

God bless You! 

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