All The Earth Will Sing Your Praises
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This post, being written during the Easter season, will be a reflection and compilation of discussions about the historicity of Jesus Christ, his death, and his Resurrection. In addition, since the primary purpose of this blog is to expound on God's message as it is present in Christian rock, the post will end with a discussion of the song "All The Earth Will Sing Your Praises" by Paul Baloche.
All the Earth will sing you praises.
Few historians doubt the historicity of Jesus Christ (1). And, while many do not believe that Jesus was resurrected from the dead, there are nonetheless compelling reasons to believe that this too is a historical fact. Lee Strobel details his journey from atheism to Christianity in his book "The Case for Christ."
A central theme of this book is the Resurrection, which Lee came to believe was true after he thoroughly investigated the matter, using his experience as an investigative reporter. Bishop Robert Barron, in his Word On Fire podcast, discussed the movie based on Lee Strobel's book. In this podcast, Bishop Barron adds further credible evidence for the Resurrection. Matt Fradd also advanced the historicity of the Resurrection in his podcast "Pints With Aquinas." Here, Matt reiterates and expands on points detailed above, and provides additional links supporting the belief in Jesus and the Resurrection in the shownotes page for the episode.
Finally, Father Robert Spitzer provides his input on the historicity of the Resurrection in "Father Spitzer's Universe," seen on EWTN. Together, these sources provide strong compelling evidence to one open to belief that Jesus did in fact live, die, and was resurrected. Rather than summarize the various findings, this author will leave it up to the reader to watch/listen to the various presentations, and to read the books and articles listed.
The historicity of the Resurrection was raised as background for the song "All The Earth Will Sing Your Praises." The first two lines of the first verse of the song declare the central belief of Christianity: "You lived, You died, You said in three days You would rise. You did, You're alive." With the groundwork laid, Paul continues expanding this conviction, singing: "You rule, You reign, You said You're coming back again I know You will." Jesus Christ, the Savior, the Messiah, is Lord of All. Christian faith declares that Jesus will come back to judge the living and the dead, as proclaimed in the both the Apostle's Creed and the Nicene Creed, as well as in the writings of St. Paul.
Continuing in the song, the final lines of this first verse incorporate messages expressed in both the Old and New Testaments: "all the earth will sing your praises". In Daniel Chapter 3, it is clearly proclaimed that not only people and nations praise the Lord, but that everything should praise the Lord: rain, snow, chill, warm, mountains, hills, rivers, springs, all living creatures of the earth. This doctrine is echoed by St. Paul who states "at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth" (Phil 2:10).
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The second verse explains that Jesus came to earth to take away our sins. He allowed himself to be sacrificed on the cross as a sign of his infinite love. Through this expression of love, we are given the perfect example of how we are to live our lives, which is by loving others as God loves us.
The song returns to the first verse, declaring our belief in the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus. He is our Lord and Savior. With such a powerful message of hope and love, how can we not join the earth, and sing, no, shout our praises to the Lord?
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