[This is an installment in the erstwhile, periodic Monday Worship Music series. Other, related posts are here.]
About two days after I wrote the last MWM post (12/1) about “heaven songs,” I stole away to a music cupboard . . . and what to my wondering eyes should appear but a line of 21 dust-gathering songbooks, with the Michael Card book bringing up the rear?
So I pulled out that last book and played through a couple songs. Then there was this song. This is a special song for me, and I hadn’t heard it in a couple years. It speaks worthily of “heaven,” yes . . . but this song deals more with a biblically accurate depiction of deity and the “new Jerusalem,” which is not an actual city or location. I wanted to share some of the words.
The New Jerusalem
Words and Music by Michael Card
© 1996 Word Music/Mole End Music
I saw the Holy City descending from the sky,
So brilliant with the light of God — the city is His Bride.
There is no temple in this town; no sun, no moon, no lamp,
For God’s own glory is its light, illuminated by the Lamb.
And God Himself will wipe the tears from every weeping eye.
No death, no pain, no mourning cry, and every tear made dry
And now our God will dwell with them —
The new Jerusalem
And He Himself will walk with them —
The new Jerusalem
The song moves me so. I didn’t make it through playing the 2nd verse, captivated as I was by the 1st and the chorus. I searched for YouTube videos, but those recordings I found had adorned the original, utterly biblical lyrics with distracting visuals.
A final meditation
Whether the disillusionment or dejection or simple sadness is caused by something external or internal . . .
May all weeping eyes look to the God Who will wipe them dry and Who dwells with us now and forever.