Archive for May, 2012

Singing Hades: 9 May

May 9, 2012

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On Easter Sunday I not only preached on Hades but also introduced a new song on Hades:

Led into death by love

Alongside souls in the grave

Waiting in hope for Father God

Life now lives with the dead!

 

Into the town, into Zion, into the lair of power gone mad

Into the court, into the lies, out to the whips

Up to the hill, up to the cross, up the jeers and smears and taunts

Here dies the man who has faith still on his lips.

 

Into the fight, into the pain, into the place of those now dead

Into the dark, into the rock, through to the end.

Into the depths, into the guilt, into the waiting to be judged

Comes in the one who now longs to be their friend.

 

Led into death by love

Alongside souls in the grave

Waiting in hope for Father God

Life now lives with the dead!

 

Out from the depths, out from the rock, out from the dungeon dark and dense

Out in new force, out in new strength, out in new life

Out in new bones, out in new flesh, out to His Father’s great delight

Here lives the man who has faith proved to be right.

 

Out as the first, out as the last, out as the one who holds the keys

Out for the saints, out for the lost, out for the world.

Out for the Jews, out for the rest, out for all who will welcome Him

Comes out the one who will live for evermore.

 

Led into death by love

Alongside souls in the grave

Waiting in hope for Father God

Life now lives with the dead!

 

Led into death by love

Releasing souls from the grave

Freed by the love of Father God

Life triumphs over death!

As with the Christmas Carol which came to me last summer (see entry for Sept 22), this song began with me praying in tongues, on January 4. I was relaxing after Christmas and my mind was on completing The Lie of Hell. Composing another song was not on my agenda. But a new tune came and, when I asked what it was, I was told it was the chorus of a new Easter song, connected with the new book. It was partly this that pointed me to preach on Hades on Easter Sunday. I would need to explain the song.

More praying in tongues, weeks later, brought the tune of the verse. It was a march, quite fast. It seemed it would be quite difficult to write words to accompany it, restricted, as I probably was, to short words. With a great deal of reassurance and help from Jesus, and Easter now coming soon, the words came. In the end the need to write in short words was an advantage. If you would like a copy of the tune, please email me at admin@laddermedia.co.uk

Roger Harper