Our team will be introducing a new song this weekend called ‘We Cry Out’. The song seeks to help us cry out to the one true God, our creator, and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. We live in a day when if you simply say the word ‘God’, people conjure up all kinds of ideas and images in their minds and often attempt to make God into their own image. This song seeks to use the names that God, Himself, reveals to us throughout the story of Scripture that were most commonly used by His people, Israel, and the early church.
The first name is El Shaddai, which is usually translated ‘God Almighty’. God first reveals this name to Abram and it appears repeatedly in the book of Job. As we cry out God’s name, El Shaddai, we can know that He is mighty and all powerful. He is the God who is strong when we are weak and makes the impossible possible.
The second name the song uses is Adonai. This word comes from ‘Adon’ which means ‘Lord’ or ‘Master’. ‘Adonai’ is the plural form of ‘Adon’ which add extra emphasis to the meaning. ‘Adonai’ was only used to describe the God of the Hebrews and was the spoken version of ‘Yahweh’. ‘Yahweh’ which is also translated as ‘Lord’ was considered to be too holy of a name to speak. God’s people would, therefore, call upon their ‘Lord’ by audibly saying the name ‘Adonai’.
Lastly, the song uses the name Jesus Christ. Our God has most clearly revealed Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ. He is the ‘image of the invisible God’ and the ‘exact representation of His being’. So this song is so powerful because we are crying out over and over to El Shaddai, Adonai, Jesus Christ. We are not just singing words up into the sky, hoping that they might find an audience with some higher power if it is out there. No, we cry out to a real, living, and personal God. We cry out to the God who is most High. We cry out to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We cry out to the God who came and moved into our neighborhood, walked our streets, experienced our pains and died on a Roman cross 2000 years ago. He is real…He is listening. Let’s cry out to Him together!
‘We Cry Out’
Father of life, seated on the throne of grace It’s only by your mercy we are saved
Lord you have said if we call upon your name We and our families will be saved
So we cry, out your name El Shaddai, God of grace, Lord most high, Jesus Christ
We rely on your grace Adonai, Crowned in praise Lord most high, Jesus Christ
Father of love, never failing to forgive Each moment is a gift from you to man
We’re only here to tell the world about your grace Till the day you take us all away.