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Not sure if this link is finalized but just wanted to post this informal impromptu guitar cover of this inspiring song by Hillsong. I know the chords are not correct and is not correct in it's entirely but I'll keep working on it!
Some more feelings about this song, which is one that has been an inspiration over the past year, often striving for a closer relationship with the Lord, and this song has been helpful with one of my first callings in life as a messenger of God.
Nelson Cowan, guest writer at umcdiscipleship.org (July 14, 2016), about "Hosanna" - written by Brooke (Fraser) Ligertwood in 2006 worship leader for Hillsong at that time, refers to apocalyptic imagery from Psalm 24, Isaiah 30, and Daniel 7 about Jesus returning on the clouds of Heaven, the same Jesus who rode into Jerusalem on a donkey instead of a war horse to the crowds and children shouting "Hosanna" which means "praise the Lord!" and has other meaning, "Lord save us!"
Based on an anguished summer, I wanted to share some feelings about the Bibles meaning of "fire,"
as I both drove through thick clouds of frightening forest fire where it was very hot and difficult to breath. I found a lodge in the mountain pass raging with billowing clouds of smoke and fire with air conditioning and life-saving ice water, and ONE ice cold beer and a snack, passing through before the highway was closed.
This is not the "FIRE" of the clouds of heaven. I also flew over this frightening scene for medical treatment into a nearby city through the smoke.
But, "FIRE" in the Bible means something much different. And the clouds of heaven also. I'm not sure what the "clouds of fire" means in the Bible, but "fire" often refers to the invisible FIRE of the Holy spirit, God's power, and the comparison to the power of the Word of God to transform the world, like the power of a thunderstorm, or the even greater power of human weakness. As the Apostle Paul wrote, like Jesus, that human weakness is a vessel for God's mercy and power.
It was truly frightening to drive my little car into a city with thick forest fire smoke. But, I was not alone. I had passed a lady walking along the highway in the hot sun, and we up here in the north are not used to such heat and she appeared in distress. I rarely give women a ride, but she looked in danger of heat exhaustion, and I didn't want to pass the buck to other drivers not knowing her safety.
A lady driver did pull up behind us, but she said she would ride with me. As we approached the city and the thick smoke, with rush hour traffic leaving, it appeared so much like an apocalyptic scene with road closures everywhere, and few cars entering the city, for a moment, inspite of our purposely calm chat in the car, fear came upon me of the possibility the city had been nuked, even though I knew better, and fearlessly drove into the city after offering to let her out at the military base hospital.
The nice and very appreciative, equally fearless lady got out of the car, and to my amazement walked so calmly and fearlessly through the chaos, with distressed and dangerously looking people on the street, I began to think she was an angel!
Fearing for her safety, I called for a police escort for her, and returned home weeping tears of relief, crying out to God:.
"Lord, I seriously thought the city had been nuked."
Later that month, the fires still raging, I was homeless briefly, and without a car, and collapsed in a bike tunnel in a park by a lake due to health issues, partly related to smoke inhalation.
In my daze in the thick smoke, I saw a bearded man who reminded me of Jesus standing on a corner, and He looked at me and I perceived hearing the words in the simulated apocalypse scene:
"It's ok (for Christians - even though I believed the warning was especially for me)
"It's ok to tell people that the apocalypse is near, but it's very dangerous to say that it is here."
I believe this was a warning to focus on the saving message of the Bible, and not on stirring up fears. As Christians, our main purpose should be teaching and being a good witness of the Bible, and then, like that fearless lady walking through danger and chaos, we have nothing to fear.
My health is stable now, my car is running, and I have a safe place to live.