Red Sea Road – Devo #1

Good morning!  I hope you had a restful weekend.  I also hope you have a cup of coffee (or tea if you must) because nothing goes with Bibles and music quite like a good cup’o’joe!  Let’s dive right into this first day devotion from Ellie Holcomb’s newest CD, “Red Sea Road”.  Today we’re going to talk about track 2, “He Will”.

Devo #1: “He Will”

We will be discussing how much I adore this CD throughout the week…but that’s not the most important part.  The most important part about worship, is its ability to drive us back to God.  That’s why this first song is a favorite and (in my opinion) one of the best tracks on the whole project.

The verses succinctly and poetically put forth the story of our God and His Son.  But where the lyrics get you is in the chorus:

“He’ll bind up the brokenhearted, oh He will!  Oh, He will.
He’ll set captives free from darkness, oh He will!  Oh, He will.
He’ll breathe hope into the hopeless, oh He will!  Oh, He will.
And help a restless soul be still.
Oh He will!
He will.”

These are words greatly needed in our country right now.  And the exclamation at the end of each truth: “Oh, He will!”  I love that!  It’s as if the truths have been recited a million times…and this time it takes.  It’s not just the truth that our God will bind the brokenhearted.  It’s also us realizing, “Oh.  He will.  OH!  HE WILL!!!”  I love that.

In the liner notes for Holcomb’s album, she has listed scripture references for each song.  The reference listed for this song is Isaiah 61:1-3.  I turned to that, and imagine my surprise to find the lyrics of this song.

“…he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound…” (Isa. 61:1b, ESV)

That makes this song even more awesome!  But my mind went to another passage of scripture in this song.  I was taken to a dusty road.  On this road is a man with a scroll.  This scroll is expertly penned with the following directions:

From: Paul
To: The Church at Philippi

And in the last section of this correspondence, as Paul exhorts his Church plant members to stay strong in the faith, he writes this:

“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.  I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.  In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.”  (Phil. 4:11-12, ESV)

Holcomb’s words in this song serve three purposes: remind, declare, depend.  The verses remind us…remind us of all our God has ever been and everything He continues to be until the end of time.  The bridge declares, or forces me to declare.  It declares my acknowledgement of that God being enough to fulfill me in every circumstance I come to.  The chorus then comes in…and I depend.  I depend on this God I’ve sung of, this God I declare, I remember I depend on Him.  And more importantly:

I remember that He never lets me down.
Everything He says He will do.
“OH, HE WILL!  HE WILL.”

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