Monday, July 4

My Eyes Have Seen The Glory

Let us reflect today on how our great nation was founded.

Lost behind strawberries, whipped cream, and blueberries arranged on a sheet cake, parades, and mostly illegal fireworks, is a day of celebrating... what are we celebrating again? And hand me a piece of the cake.

We celebrate freedom. As Christians, we have a right and privilege to rejoice today and any day!

The Battle Hymn of the Republic is going through my head. It's a classic on the 4th. The words have far more to do with God's victory over sin and darkness than stars, stripes, and the US of A. It is a great reminder though, of why we celebrate and what our freedom allows us.

Happy Independence Day!

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of
Wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible
Swift sword;
His truth is marching on.

Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
Glory, glory! Hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watchfires of a hundred circling
They have building Him an altar in the evening dews and
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring
Our God is marching on.

I have read a fiery gospel, writ in burnished rows of steel;
As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall
Let the hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on."

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgement
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! by jubliant,
My feet!
Our God is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me;
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

In all fairness to the following youtube clip, I watched about 10 different "Battle Hymn of the Republic" videos before deciding on this one. 

It reminds me of my Gaither-loving family and I can't help but be caught up in the emotion of the song. :)

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