Rise Up, Thurrock!
A psalm of sorts, for meditation and prayer.
A series of ideas for a song commissioned on 10 January for a video being made by Newforms Resources.
Each quartrain is accompanied by relevant scriptures, which are written out in full at the bottom.
Rise up and be awakened
Rise up your light has come
Rise up and tell your story
Rise up and give it some
Isaiah 60:1-3 and Ephesians 5:4
Rise up and blow the trumpet
Rise up and spread the Word
Rise up because of who you are
Rise up so you are heard
Numbers 10:9. Joshua 6:20, Judges 7:20, 1 Corinthians 14:8 and Joel 2:1, 15
Rise up like the Lion
Rise up and loudly roar
Rise up on wings of eagles
Rise up begin to soar
Hosea 11:10, Joel 3:16 and Isaiah 40:31
Rise up and use your voice
Rise up and speak the Truth
Rise up and declare boldly
Rise up and be the proof
Romans 10:17, Acts 4:29 and 28:31
Rise up announce the Good News
Rise up the time is here
Rise up because the King commands
Rise up the Kingdom's near
Rise up restore the ruins
Rise up unblock the wells
Rise up dig new foundations
Rise up ring the mission bells
Isaiah 58:12 and 61:4
Rise up oh Royal Priesthood
Rise up pray and intercede
Rise up oh Holy Nation
Rise up plant salvation seed
1 Peter 2:19
Rise up in this dark time
Rise up shine bright today
Rise up be bold and steadfast
Rise up and show The Way
Rise up with torches burning
Rise up and hold them high
Rise up defeat the enemy
Rise up destroy the lie
Rise up with fire raging
Rise up with hearts ablaze
Rise up with eyes on heaven
Rise up these are the days
Rise up it's your destiny
Rise up to right the wrong
Rise up Sons of Father God
Rise up brave and strong
Romans 8:15, 23 and Ephesians 1:5
Rise up mighty warrior
Rise up and take your sword
Rise up now man of valour
Rise up says your Lord
Rise up Christian soldier
Rise up with healing hand
Rise up in the power of Love
Rise up to heal the land
Ephesians 6:10-17, 2 Chronicles 7:14, 1 Corinthians 13:1-8.13 and Matthew 22:36-39
written between 10-15 January 2014
copyright Tim Harrold
Accompanying themes and scriptures
‘Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
This is why it is said: ‘Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’
When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the Lord your God and rescued from your enemies.
When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.
The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, ‘A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!’
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand... Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly.
1 Corinthians 14:8
... if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?
They will follow the Lord; he will roar like a lion.
The Lord will roar from Zion and thunder from Jerusalem;
the earth and the heavens will tremble.
But the Lord will be a refuge for his people, a stronghold for the people of Israel.
... those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
... enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.
He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ – with all boldness and without hindrance!
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Gideon and the hundred men with him reached the edge of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just after they had changed the guard. They blew their trumpets and broke the jars that were in their hands. The three companies blew the trumpets and smashed the jars. Grasping the torches in their left hands and holding in their right hands the trumpets they were to blow, they shouted, ‘A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!’ While each man held his position round the camp, all the Midianites ran, crying out as they fled.
... let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.
... he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.
The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, ‘The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.’
‘Pardon me, my lord,’ Gideon replied, ‘but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, “Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?” But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.’
The Lord turned to him and said, ‘Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?’
‘Pardon me, my lord,’ Gideon replied, ‘but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.’
The Lord answered, ‘I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.’
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
2 Chronicles 7:14
... if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
1 Corinthians 13:1-8. 13
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails...
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
'Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?’
Jesus replied: ‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”