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Prince of Peace
There are songs that speak to us more than others.
Some times we hear a song at just the right time, when we needed some comfort, some encouragement, some peace.
Over the past month we have looked at some of the great hymns of our faith, and many of you have told me your stories about those hymns, how it was your mom’s favorite, played at a funeral, etc… the song I would like to share with you today is a very special one for me.
It is one of my favorites, one that I listen to not every day, but often; when I need my thoughts to settle, need a little peace, need to experience some emotion, i listen to this song when I am studying for a sermon, sometimes I put this song on repeat and listen to it over and over.
This particular song sometimes moves me to tears and it is one that I would like to share with you all today, but not just this song, we are going to look at scripture and how scripture plays into this song.
You may not have heard this song before, it was written by three guys form Australia Joel Houston, Matt Crocker, and Dylan Thomas and they are part of a band called Hillsong United.
They have written some of todays more popular Christian worship songs, and the band has been together since 1998 and started out as their youth band at Hillsong church.
One thing about their songs is they tell you the passages from scripture that inspired them to write the song.
I want to look at a song Prince of Peace taken from three passages of scripture
But the verse that come to my mind when I hear this song is
Let’s look at this song.
My heart a storm cloud’s
Raging deep within
The Prince of Peace came
Bursting through the wind
The violent sky held its breath
And in Your light I found rest
Tearing through the night
Riding on the storm
Starring down the fight
My eyes found Yours
Shining like the sun
Striding through my fear
The Prince of Peace met me there
You heard my prayer
Hope like the sunlight
Piercing through the dark
The Prince of Peace
Came and broke into my heart
The violent cross, the empty grave
And in Your light I found grace
Your love surrounds me
When my thoughts wage war
When night screams terror
There Your voice will roar
Come death or shadow
God I know Your light will meet me there
When fear comes knocking
There You’ll be my guard
When day breeds trouble
There You’ll hold my heart
Come storm or battle
God I know Your peace will meet me there
Oh, be still my heart
And know that You are God
Oh fear no evil
For I know You are here
And my soul will know Your
This is both a command and a promise.
Israel is commanded to fear not.
Fear, worry, anxiety are often sin.
When God rules over the nations as described in Isaiah, the God who chose us and loves us as described, when that God tells us to fear not, we must take it seriously!
But there is a promise.
We must fear not, because the Lord God has told us, I am with you.
What more do we need?
For Romans 8:31 tells us, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
When we are alone we are prone to fear and discouragement, but we are not alone as believers, we are never alone because God has told us that He is with us.
We must believe, we must have faith, as the early Christians did, as the martyred Christians in the 20th century had faith so we must have faith that the Prince of Peace will never leave us nor forsake us, that He is always with us.
Stand Hymn # 797 Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
Prayers of the People
Closing Chorus # 88 More Precious than Silver
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