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Topic: Music (03/08/07)
TITLE: Celestial Idyll
By Donna Powers
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RANDALUS: Well, dawg, Iím doing fine. You know, Zion, itís really tough to pick just one singer.
ZION: Too true, Randalus. Next, hereís Paulina Abdullah! You look lovely, Paulina.
PAULINA: Oh, thank you, Zion. Iím so happy to be here. Everyone is wonderful.
ZION: And now, hereís the guy you love to disagree with: Simeon Callous!
SIMEON: Well, Zion, I hope one of these amateurs can sing tonight. Last month when the Israelites sang I felt like Iíd been wandering in a desert for 40 years. Afterward, all I wanted to do was jump in the Red Sea.
ZION: Well, SimeonÖ this week even you should have something to cheer about. Weíre taking four people whose singing was mentioned in the written Word. Letís begin with a judge from the land of Israel. Hereís Deborah!
Iíll make music to the Lord
Iíll exalt His Holy Word
He caused the hills to shake and fall
He sent a heavínly waterfall
I will heed not what you say
For Iíll praise Him every day
RANDALUS: Well, you sang that pretty well! It was a little pitchy in parts, but you did it justice.
PAULINA: Oh, you are wonderful. To see a lady judge is so inspiring.
SIMEON: I donít know, Deborah. Thereís something a bitÖ Old Testament about you. It sounded like you were singing through your robe.
ZION: If you want Deborah to be our soloist, vote for her. Next is someone who usually sings in a duet, but tonight heís by himself. Hereís Silas!
You can chain me up in prison
But you canít change my decision
I just want to praise His Name
He will ever be the same
Though my body you might kill
I will always do His Will
RANDALUS: Hey, dawg, that wasnít bad. I heard you wrote that song in prison. You might want to work on your lower register, but itís pretty good.
PAULINA: Oh, that was wonderful. I felt so bad when I heard that they whipped you and Paul.
SIMEON: Well, Silas, that one might have brought down the jailhouse but it left me cold. You should have stuck to singing with Paul.
ZION: Well, saints, if you disagree, then vote for Silas. Our next contestant is usually found in the temple. Please welcome Kenaniah!
Sound the cymbals! Play the harps and lyres!
Kindle your hearts into heavenly fires
We bow at His altar and pray
We read from His Writings each day
Join me in praise, all ye lands
Letís offer our hearts and our hands!
RANDALUS: I donít know, dawg. That just wasnít my thing.
PAULINA: I disagree, Randalus. Singing in the temple must be so wonderful.
SIMEON: Well Kenaniah, I must say Iíve never heard of you, and now I know why.
ZION: Well, if you like Kenaniah, vote for him. Our last contestant is David, the former King of Israel.
I will praise You with all my heart
Thatís how I want all my days to start
You make all my enemies flee
Youíve been a protector to me
Youíve brought me through troubles and woe
So Iíll praise You wherever I go!
RANDALUS: Hey dawg, not bad. You should really publish some of your songs in a book.
PAULINA: Oh, Your Majesty, I still get misty-eyed when I think of you standing up to that awful giant. You are just wonderful.
SIMEON: To me, your voice sounds tired. It sounded like you were up all night watching sheep.
ZION: Well, if you want David as our soloist, then vote for him. Now, as you go out to cast your votes, letís give it up for our heavenly choir as they sing one of their wonderful Throne Room songs:
Worthy is the Lamb!
Worthy is Your Name!
Youíve given us Your grace
Your works have brought You fame
Power, wealth and wisdom find You
Let our heartfelt praise remind You
That we live to give You glory
Let our songs proclaim Your story
Worthy is the Lamb!
You are the Great I Am!
Hallelujah to Your Name!
Age to age You are the same!
Acts 16:22- 25
1 Chronicles 15:19-23
Psalm 13:1, 71:20
Rev 5: 11-13
all verses are NIV
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