What’s behind the music… Rise Above

Words and Music by Daniel Chookaszian9735
Approximate date written: 2005
Isaiah 2, Philippians 2, Revelation 22

From the CD “Testimony”
Lead vocal by Daniel Chookaszian
Bg vocal and keyboard by Ben Snyder
Electric guitar by Don Chookaszian
Bass guitar by Steve Smith
Drums and percussion by Will Brown
Acoustic rhythm by JP Chookaszian

“Rise Above”

During my time at Moody Grad School, one of my professors required that we read the entire book of Isaiah and Jeremiah in one sitting each. I was on break in Colorado, so I went to the park with my Bible and started to read. Four hours later, I was finished, and my mind and heart were filled with overwhelming truth from God’s Word. It is a great feeling to be so filled with God’s Word to the point that you can’t get it out of your mind. It’s like the feeling you get when you leave a movie and you can’t stop thinking about the various scenes you just saw.

When I returned from the park, I was overwhelmingly impressed with the idea that there is a Day coming when all the pride of man –– everything that man owns, has created/built, thinks he is, and trusts in — everything that is lifted up and prideful — will be brought down by the Lord, so that He alone will be exalted. On that Day, the LORD alone will be exalted.

As I thought about this Old Testament prophecy through the lens of the New Testament, Philippians 2 immediately came to mind. Here in Philippians, the Apostle Paul quotes the passage from Isaiah 45:22-23 in which God declares, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.  I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.”

Paul applies this passage directly to Jesus Christ, stating in Philippians 2:9-11, ” Therefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Paul teaches elsewhere that the coming of the Lord will be with fire with His holy angels, and John’s Revelation of Jesus Christ teaches us how the nations will respond at His revelation.

Even though this will be time of terrible peril for the nations, for those who know Christ, it will be a Day of blessing and celebration. Therefore, for the Christian, the return of Christ is a Day we long for, look forward to, and hope in, because it will be a day of salvation for us. The song Rise Above reminds believers of these truths — that this world and all it has to offer are going to be destroyed, and that our hope should be in the Lord and in His coming Kingdom.

The bridge of Rise Above  is a prayer cry from Revelation 22:20.  It is a prayer for the Lord to come quickly. Peter teaches us that as we look forward to the day of God, we speed its coming (2 Peter 3:12).

Covering all of this doctrine is the verse that originally impacted me from Isaiah 2:17-18, ” The arrogance of man will be brought low and the pride of men humbled; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day, and the idols will totally disappear.”

As worshippers of the Lord Jesus Christ, it is our privilege of bowing before Him today, looking forward to His coming today, longing for His return today, and honoring His Name and glory above all things in our lives today. Rise Above is also a witness to non-believers, in that it proclaims the truth of the return of Christ, and therefore warns them to take their trust off of their idols and put it in Him.

For all of us, no matter what situation we find ourselves in, we can pray and ask the Lord to make His glory rise above in our lives.
Lyrics:

verse 1
At the Name of Jesus every knee will bow
At the Name of Jesus every tongue will confess
That Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father
And all the pride of man will be humbled in His holy presence

chorus
For the Lord will make His glory rise above!
For the Lord will make His glory rise above!

 verse 2
And the Day is coming when the earth will melt
Yeah, the Day is coming when the sky will tear up
And the Lord will be revealed in fire with His holy angels
And every nation will cry out in fear at His awesome, holy presence

chorus
For the Lord will make His glory rise above!
For the Lord will make His glory rise above!
For the Lord will make His glory rise above!
For the Lord will make His glory rise above! 

bridge
Amen, come quickly, Lord!
Amen, come quickly, Jesus!
Amen, come quickly, Lord!
We’re praying, “Maranatha, maranatha!”

chorus
For the Lord to make His glory rise above!
For the Lord to make His glory rise above!
Come, Lord, and make Your glory rise above!
Come, Lord, and make Your glory rise above!
Rise above! Rise above! Rise above!

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