There are some songs that are so recognizable that even the introduction gets people excited. That seems to be the case with “Days of Elijah” by Robin Mark. And it’s not just me – pretty much every video or every recording of that song I’ve encountered includes an audience that starts cheering when they realize what they’re hearing.
It’s amazing how a simple chord progression can stir people up. I’ve seen Robin Mark live twice now, and each time an undercurrent of anticipation fills the room. No matter how good his other songs are (and I think he’s done some great ones), “Days” is the one that most everyone wants to hear him do.
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 trials
Of famine and darkness and sword
Still we are the voice in the desert crying
Prepare ye the way of the Lord!
So what’s the story behind this piece? According to Mark, it was meant to be a song of hope. In 1994, he was watching a year in review-type show that included coverage of the tragedy in Rwanda. Seeing that brought to mind so many other troubling situations going on in the world. Mark found himself in prayer, asking God what kind of times he was living in and if He was really still in control.
Mark felt in his spirit that God answered his question, first by reassuring him that “Yes, I am still in control.” As to what kind of days were upon us, God brought Elijah to mind, as an example of someone who stayed firm in his faith, even in times when it feels like the culture is against God. His people are called to be righteous and holy in this dark world.
And 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 all white in Your world
And we are the laborers in Your vineyard
Declaring the Word of the Lord
The second verse is a message about the need for unity in the church, and the importance of praise and worship among Christians. And finally, there is a call to action for all of us – to be lights that point others to Christ.
Behold He comes, riding on the clouds
Shining like the sun at the trumpet’s call
So, lift your voice, it’s the year of Jubilee
Out of Zions hill, salvation comes
This chorus never fails to thrill me because of the vision it evokes. That moment when we all see Him – and forever with God will begin! And that’s probably what gets so many people revved up when they hear this song. Mark succeeded in composing a true song of hope for the nations.
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