Last year, our family traveled to Mexico. While there, we worshipped with a Spanish speaking congregation. It was hard to follow along, I won’t deny it. But there were moments when I understood what we were doing together. For example, when the band transitioned from an upbeat praise song that I didn’t know into “Cuan Grande Es Dios” (or “How Great is our God”), I raised my hands and sang. It was a taste of what heaven will be like when every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord and his people will shout praises. This weekend, I’m hoping to have a similar experience as we sing both in English and Hebrew. Yes, Hebrew! AND You already know the song! It’s the same song we sang last summer. And I know, I know, it will be stretch for us, but we will take time to learn it together. And when we get it, it will be powerful to hear God’s praises in another language. We will sing the intro and chorus in Hebrew and the rest in English. Here goes…
Intro: Gadol Adonai umehulal me’od, B’ir Eloheinu, B’har kodsho X2
I know, it’s going to be a challenge at first, but hang with it! This comes straight from Psalm 48:1 which says,
“GREAT IS THE LORD, AND MOST WORTHY OF PRAISE, IN THE CITY OF OUR GOD, HIS HOLY MOUNTAIN.”
So not only are we singing in Hebrew, we are singing God’s word in the original language! But I still don’t want to push it, so back to English…
Verse 1: I’ll come before Your throne, The God of my joy
I’ll give the fruit of my lips
And remember the great things You did, for me
Remember. That word shows up in the scriptures 231 times. Why, do you think? I’m pretty sure it’s because God knows us so well, he knows that we forget. I also love that this verse refers to Psalm 34 where we see that God’s light and care guide us into his presence and that is where we praise and remember. Check it out…
Send me your light and your faithful care,
let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain,
to the place where you dwell.
Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God, my joy and my delight.
Verse 2: Behold the temple of God, is now with man
As His people all nations will rise
He will wipe every tear from their eyes
Death, pain and mourning will cease forevermore!
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple,” writes Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:16, “and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” And he also writes, “In him (that’s Jesus) the whole building (that’s us!) is joined together and rises to become a holytemple in the Lord” (Eph 2:21).
Chorus: Hallelujah ki malach Adonai Eloheinu, Hallelujah ki malach Elohei Tzvaot
This comes almost directly from the last book of the bible where John sees a vision of heaven. He writes,
“Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude…“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns”. -Revelation 19:6
Just like my taste of heaven in Mexico, at the end of time all people in every tongue will praise God. But the song also gives us a chance to slow down and meditate. We aren’t in glory yet. So until we get there we need to remember and rejoice. As it says in the psalms,
Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord
and delight in his salvation.
My whole being will exclaim,
“Who is like you, Lord? -Psalm 35:9-10
Bridge: Rejoice, oh rejoice my soul, And give honor to him X2