Saturday, December 12, 2009

TSMSS - An Amazing Reality: God With Us!

Since doing a study of the Old Testament, I have fallen in love with God's name that is Emmanuel (Immanuel). As a modern-day Gentile believer who has never experienced the limitations of the Jewish law, I can't fathom what it would have been like to be an Israelite on the journey to the Promised Land when God's presence hovered as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. To imagine experiencing that, as well as the system of sacrifices and the stipulation that only the High Priest could venture into the Holy of Holies -- and only once a year, at that! -- and then to ponder the reality of Emmanuel. . .God dwelling with us! Oh, how much I take for granted!

This is a beautiful song from years ago that you rarely hear any more, unfortunately. Michael Card has been gifted with writing incredible songs that speak from and to the heart, and Steve Green joins him in singing this one. Their voices blend so seamlessly. I know I posted it last year, but it deserves to be played regularly!




IMMANUEL
Words and Music by Michael Card

A sign shall be given
A virgin will conceive
A human baby bearing
Undiminished deity
The glory of the nations
A light for all to see
That hope for all who will embrace
His warm reality

Immanuel
Our God is with us
And if God is with us
Who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel

For all those who live in the shadow of death
A glorious light has dawned
For all those who stumble in the darkness
Behold your light has come

Immanuel
Our God is with us
And if God is with us
Who could stand against us?
Our God is with us
Immanuel

So what will be your answer?
Will you hear the call?
Of Him who did not spare His Son
But gave Him for us all
On earth there is no power
There is no depth or height
That could ever separate us
From the love of God in Christ

Immanuel
Our God is with us
And if God is with us
Who could stand against us?
Our God is with us
Immanuel

Immanuel
Our God is with us
And if God is with us
Who could stand against us?
Our God is with us
Immanuel

More songs can be found at Amy's.

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12 comments:

quilly said...

This song just brought my Steve Green CD to mind and I got up to look. It isn't in my collection and I can't remember the last time I listened to it. I bet it accidentally went with all the things I gave away when I left Las Vegas.

Excellent song. I want my CD back!

Lisa notes... said...

I love the name "Emmanuel" too. It means SO much! Thanks for sharing this song. I don't recall ever hearing it.

sara said...

I love this song!!!

And you are right, we take so much for granted.

Cathy said...

Beautiful and so true!

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

It's one of my favorite names too. I love studying the names of God because it shows me more clearly who He is.

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for visiting my blog... BTW - Steve Green is my favorite of all times singer... I just love him!

Mary said...

Oh, I do love this song...Immanuel, how I love that name! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful message of our Savior's birth.

God bless,
Mary

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Linda - this is a beautiful song!

As woman born and raised Jewish who has found LIFE through her Savior and KING! I can tell you that I understand what it must have been like for the people of the OT and how hard it was for them to truly let go of the law to live under God's provision and grace. It took me two full years to understand the blessings and gifts given to those who believe upon His Son. I look back and thank God daily for where He brought me in only four years of knowing Him. The blessings are beyond words and I stand in awe of Him - our King! Our Prince of Peace! God among us! He is with us all!

Blessings,
Jill

Cathy said...

Just beautiful, Linda, thank you so much for posting it.

CeeCee said...

Amen to that! Keep on reminding us.

Violeta said...

Hello from Romania ,
please read the blog – My heart His words – at Humbled and convicted , my friend Tammy Nischan wrote them the story and some pictures of some hungryes poors kids , what we try to help them for Christmas .Our LORD will be so proud of us if we will do something!
I love you blog,
sweet blessings and MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Violeta

Karen said...

Beautiful Name...beautiful song....