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What about the songs "Days of Elijah" and "Indescribable"?

Do you find anything scripturally wrong with the songs "Days of Elijah" and "Indescribable?"

Days of Elijah

These are the days of Elijah, Declaring the word of the Lord. And these are the days of Your servant Moses, Righteousness being restored. And these are the days of great trial, Of famine and darkness and sword. And we are the voice in the desert crying, "Prepare ye the way of the Lord."

Chorus: Behold He comes, riding on the clouds, Shining like the sun at the trumpet call. So lift your voice, it's the year of Jubilee, And out of Zion's hill salvation comes.

These are the days of Ezekiel, The dry bones becoming as flesh. And these are the days of Your servant David, Rebuilding a temple of praise. And these are the days of the harvest, The fields are as white in Your world, And we are the laborers in Your vineyard, Declaring the word of the Lord.



From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea, Creation's revealing Your majesty. From the colors of Fall to the fragrance of Spring, Every creature unique in the song that it sings, All exclaiming;

Chorus: Indescribable, uncontainable! You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name. You are amazing God; All powerful, untamable! Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim, "You are amazing God."

Who has told every lightning bolt where it should go Or seen heavenly store houses laden with snow? Who imagined the sun and gives source to its light Yet conceals it to bring us the coolness of night? None can fathom,


The Answer:

I have never heard either song, accordingly I cannot comment on the music. Most of the contemporary Christian songs have a beat that is not conducive to worship in my opinion, but that does not make the music unscriptural. The language of “Days of Elijah” is Old Testament language, and we do not live under the Old Testament. That in and of itself does not make the song unscriptural. For instance, we sing “On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand,” which is a figurative use of Old Testament language and history. Upon a quick reading of the song, it seems to be using Old Testament history as a precursor to the coming of the Lord. That is in fact what Old Testament history is – a looking forward to the fullness of time. Galatians 4:4-5. Absent the music, the feel and flow of the words fall on my ear more on the entertainment side of the ledger than the worship side. Entertainment is not and can never be worship. Entertainment called worship is still just entertainment. But it is the use of the song and not the words that is unscriptural.

The message of “Indescribable” is “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” Psalm 19:1. As with “Days of Elijah,” I have never heard the song and cannot speak as to the music. My personal preference would be for other songs that speak the message more eloquently, such as “This Is My Father’s World” or “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.” That said, however, since the language of “Indescribable” violates no scripture, it would not be wrong to sing it.

God's Plan of Salvation

You must hear the gospel and then understand and recognize that you are lost without Jesus Christ no matter who you are and no matter what your background is. The Bible tells us that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Before you can be saved, you must understand that you are lost and that the only way to be saved is by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:8) Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17)

You must believe and have faith in God because “without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) But neither belief alone nor faith alone is sufficient to save. (James 2:19; James 2:24; Matthew 7:21)

You must repent of your sins. (Acts 3:19) But repentance alone is not enough. The so-called “Sinner’s Prayer” that you hear so much about today from denominational preachers does not appear anywhere in the Bible. Indeed, nowhere in the Bible was anyone ever told to pray the “Sinner’s Prayer” to be saved. By contrast, there are numerous examples showing that prayer alone does not save. Saul, for example, prayed following his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:11), but Saul was still in his sins when Ananias met him three days later (Acts 22:16). Cornelius prayed to God always, and yet there was something else he needed to do to be saved (Acts 10:2, 6, 33, 48). If prayer alone did not save Saul or Cornelius, prayer alone will not save you. You must obey the gospel. (2 Thess. 1:8)

You must confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (Romans 10:9-10) Note that you do NOT need to make Jesus “Lord of your life.” Why? Because Jesus is already Lord of your life whether or not you have obeyed his gospel. Indeed, we obey him, not to make him Lord, but because he already is Lord. (Acts 2:36) Also, no one in the Bible was ever told to just “accept Jesus as your personal savior.” We must confess that Jesus is the Son of God, but, as with faith and repentance, confession alone does not save. (Matthew 7:21)

Having believed, repented, and confessed that Jesus is the Son of God, you must be baptized for the remission of your sins. (Acts 2:38) It is at this point (and not before) that your sins are forgiven. (Acts 22:16) It is impossible to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ without teaching the absolute necessity of baptism for salvation. (Acts 8:35-36; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Peter 3:21) Anyone who responds to the question in Acts 2:37 with an answer that contradicts Acts 2:38 is NOT proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Once you are saved, God adds you to his church and writes your name in the Book of Life. (Acts 2:47; Philippians 4:3) To continue in God’s grace, you must continue to serve God faithfully until death. Unless they remain faithful, those who are in God’s grace will fall from grace, and those whose names are in the Book of Life will have their names blotted out of that book. (Revelation 2:10; Revelation 3:5; Galatians 5:4)