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VERSES BEHIND THE SONG: RISE UP

by ECCENTRICSHEEP Sun May 02, 2021 5:53 am

For a while we are going to study the verses behind Disciple songs! Each week one song will be chosen, and we will take a closer look at the verses listed in the liner notes with that song.

Please focus your studies on the verses and let the lyrics contribute to your thoughts after a study of the verses. We aren't here to study Disciple lyrics, we are here to study the word of God.

This week we are studying the verses behind the song "Rise Up."
With hammer in hand, I began to pull out every nail. Every board I placed beside me on the damp ground. After many years of pouring everything I could into avoiding that way, I found myself walking there once again.

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Re: VERSES BEHIND THE SONG: RISE UP

by ECCENTRICSHEEP Sun May 02, 2021 5:55 am

1 Samuel 17:24-52

20 Early in the morning David left the flock in the care of a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry. 21 Israel and the Philistines were drawing up their lines facing each other. 22 David left his things with the keeper of supplies, ran to the battle lines and asked his brothers how they were. 23 As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it. 24 Whenever the Israelites saw the man, they all fled from him in great fear.
25 Now the Israelites had been saying, “Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his family from taxes in Israel.”
26 David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
27 They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.”
28 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”
29 “Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” 30 He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before. 31 What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.
32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”
34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”
38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.
“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”
45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.
When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran. 52 Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath[f] and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron. 53 When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp.

Lyrics:

I will not stand silently by as you mock and curse my God
Stand against Him; you will be brought down
Here I come; I'm bout to rise up
All of my people, we're ‘bout to rise up
Here we come now, we're ‘bout to rise up
All of my people, we're bout rise up
You bark accusations that paralyze my brothers in fear
Only a small spark starts an unquenchable fire
With hammer in hand, I began to pull out every nail. Every board I placed beside me on the damp ground. After many years of pouring everything I could into avoiding that way, I found myself walking there once again.

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Re: VERSES BEHIND THE SONG: RISE UP

by ECCENTRICSHEEP Sun May 02, 2021 6:12 am

I will not stand silently by as you mock and curse my God
Stand against Him; you will be brought down

32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”
34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”


What stands out to me in this passage these days is that David was the only one willing to stand up for God.

The world has rejected God. They are all going off one way when we are suppose to be going another way. The world is not very comfortable with different ideas these days. They speak of tolerance, peace, and not hating but they are actually incredibly intolerant of other ideas that don't match theirs exactly.

Tolerating isn't even loving and accepting. Tolerating is just dealing with something peacefully. You don't have to like someone or something to tolerate them or it.

So, its not the easiest environment for a child of God these days. God is worth standing up for though. God is worth going one way by yourself when the whole world is going the other way. The world won't let you go peacefully, they will call you out and ridicule you for going the other way. You can't stop though.

They are doing everything they can to claim this world as their own. You know what? If they want it so bad that they will sell their soul...let them have it. Its all theirs. The catch is, if they take this world....this is all they will receive. This is their reward in full. This is it.

For us, this isn't it. This isn't our home. This isn't the end. We have nothing to fear.

Don't be afraid to stand up for God out in the world. They will make it difficult as they claim this world as theirs, but they have received their reward in full. They have nothing. You have everything.
With hammer in hand, I began to pull out every nail. Every board I placed beside me on the damp ground. After many years of pouring everything I could into avoiding that way, I found myself walking there once again.

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Re: VERSES BEHIND THE SONG: RISE UP

by ECCENTRICSHEEP Sun May 02, 2021 6:25 am

You bark accusations that paralyze my brothers in fear
Only a small spark starts an unquenchable fire


45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”


Another thing that stands out is David's incredible faith. He knew God had been with him all these time and he would be with him this time.

If you step out in faith for God he will back you up. I guarantee it. I've lived it myself. Every time I've stepped out into the unknown and put myself out there for him and made myself vulnerable for the kingdom of God he had stepped up and sent support. The support God sends is things you can't even imagine. He will go beyond what you think will happen or can happen.

That's kind of why I'm still around here I guess. I went way out on a limb for my Secret X's photo series. I felt like it was suppose to happen, but I was still scared of what would happen. I worried for months that Disciple would absolutely hate what I was doing and wouldn't want anything to do with me anymore. Still, thinking that was the outcome I still knew I had to go forward. What I thought would happen didn't happen at all.

We can't always completely avoid hardship and difficulties when we stand up for God. We were warned this path would not be easy. God is going to be there when you step up and stand up for him. Have faith in that.
With hammer in hand, I began to pull out every nail. Every board I placed beside me on the damp ground. After many years of pouring everything I could into avoiding that way, I found myself walking there once again.

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