And We’ll Sing

PSALM 96: 11-13

“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all it contains; let the field exult, and all that is in it.  Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the LORD, for He is coming; for He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in His faithfulness. ”

ROMANS 8:19 – 25

“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.  And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as songs, the redemption of our bodies.  For in this hope we were saved.  Now hope that is seen is not hope.  For who hopes for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

STORY

I love Colorado. The crisp air, the cool breeze.  Aspen trees, Elk, trout-filled streams and of course the great Rocky Mountains as far as the eye can see. Ahhhh.  Even thinking about it now makes me want to be there.

It was late September in 2009 when my dear friend Jourdan Burks and I lead worship alongside Melissa Shaver, director/teacher of Walking in Grace Ministries, at a Dude Ranch just outside of Estes Park.  Wind River Ranch is such a beautiful & renewing place. Nestled just at the base of Longs Peak, it is that deeper breath of fresh air even amidst some of the freshest air on the planet.  I say a “deeper breath” because the Spirit of God is very present on this little plot of land.  Every cowboy, ranch hand & cook living at the ranch has a deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ, therefore making the Spirit of Christ beautifully present. If you haven’t visited… you should. You will be blessed.

I know not all of Colorado is as refreshing. I’ve been to cities where there was a dark heaviness, though surrounded by such beauty. I think the darkness is due to the lack of the Holy Spirit who resides in believers of Jesus Christ. There are allot of “spiritual” people there… but the “spirits” they are trying to tap into are not the Spirit of the Living God. In fact… I know that there are a lot who totally appreciate the nature surrounding them, so much so that they are in turn worshipping the birds, trees, mountains and whatever else crosses their path. This breaks my heart.

I couldn’t help but think of this travesty while sitting in the hammock outside my cabin at Wind River Ranch. As I stared upward into the clean blue sky past the brilliant yellow leaves of the turning Aspen trees surrounding me, I tried my hardest to wrap my mind around the concept of Romans 8 regarding creation. I gazed at the mountain’s magnitude and glory as It reflected the rising sun, my heart dropped.   I felt as if Longs Peak was weeping fierce sobs in frustration.

You know those times when you are frustrated because of someone misrepresenting you? I think Longs Peak suffers from this specific frustration on a daily basis. Now I know that mountains don’t have feelings, but the Word says that creation groans, that it is frustrated. It’s sad really. More than likely, every day as the sun rises on the easter face of this giant, someone regards Longs as a god. How would you feel? How would it affect you as you exist for centuries to the glory of God & long (which I think is fitting because this peak is doing just that… longing) for the day that the Sons & Daughters will be redeemed.

I think if Longs could speak, it would bypass speaking altogether and instead would Shout at the top of its magnanimous voice !!!STOP!!!

I know that Longs Peak longs for everyone worshipping it to turn and worship the Most High King, Jesus Christ.  I deeply share its sentiment.

So “And We’ll Sing” is my take on “All Creatures of Our God and King”.  You and I are to join in with the rest of creation and sing “Hallelujah”… “Praise The LORD” to the only God that deserves the glory… OUR MOST HIGH KING… JESUS.

AND WE’LL SING

Donna Stuart

Well the wind’s a blowing in the trees
Bright blue sky and yellow leaves
There’s something ‘bout this mountain breeze
It makes me think of You

The sounds of silence stir my mind
Dancing grass the smell of pine
There’s something safe there’s something wild
It makes me think of You

Lord You are the wind that breathed this crazy girl to life
You’re the color in my story, You’re the joy behind my eyes
You’re the voice inside my silence
You’re the fragrance of freedom
I will write

There’s a bird above me singing out
The song You gave, he sings it loud
And I can almost hear that mountain shout
as it thinks of You

Jesus all creation is just aching to sing
It’s longing for the day Your sons and daughters bend their knee
So I’ll join in their song and together we will sing
and we will wait patiently

And we’ll sing Hallelujah, Hallelujah
And we’ll sing Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah