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Great words to proclaim

By Randy Garrison

For the Enquirer

Yesterday at Hartselle First United Methodist Church, the praise band sang this song. Doing a little investigation, I found it was performed by Chris Tomlin on an album a few years ago; however, Tomlin did not write the song. It was composed by a group from Ireland called Bluetree, and it was written and performed in their church. 

 One of the writers of this song mentioned being in Bangkok on a mission trip and singing songs about Jesus in the middle of the street. He said, “And I just began to sing out what I believed God was saying over that city. I just began to say that, you know, God is God of this city, he’s the king of these people, he’s the lord of this nation. And they don’t know that. They don’t know that. 

 

You’re the God of this city
You’re the King of these people
You’re the Lord of this nation
You are 

You’re the light in this darkness
You’re the hope to the hopeless
You’re the peace to the restless
You are 

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God 

For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this city
Greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be done in this city 

You’re the God of this city
You’re the King of these people
You’re the Lord of this nation
You are 

You’re the light in this darkness
You’re the hope to the hopeless
You’re the peace to the restless
You are 

There is no one like our God
There is no one like our God 

For greater things have yet to come
And greater things are still to be… 

 

The sermon yesterday was led by a missionary now serving in Columbia, Chris Williams, who called the church to the mission field. He reminded all in the service that we are missionaries. While we might not be called to distant lands, we are called by God to make disciples of all nations.  

That can begin right in our own backyard and at our doorstep. 

We are called to spread the gospel, and it was shared that approximately 42 percent of the people now living have not heard the name of Jesus and about His sacrifice for our sins.  

I was taken aback by the number; with all of the technology we have today, I was not aware the number was so high. 

Listening to the words, “There are greater things to be done and greater things to come, calls all of us to do our part in fulfilling Jesus commission to all of us and His Church. 

Whether we are sending mission teams into the field, raising funds for those who are already in the field or supporting those less fortunate than us with basic living needs, we can be the light to those still living in darkness. 

Also, there are those living in our city, our state and our nation who need to hear the “good news” that Christ has died, Christ is risen and Christ will come again. 

What a great song, with the lyrics to proclaim God over our city, our state and our nation. Greater things are yet to come, but we all have work to do to make it happen. We want all too truly know and believe the words of this song. 

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