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Topic: Music (03/08/07)
TITLE: Celestial Idyll
By Donna Powers
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RANDALUS: Well, dawg, I’m doing fine. You know, Zion, it’s really tough to pick just one singer.
ZION: Too true, Randalus. Next, here’s Paulina Abdullah! You look lovely, Paulina.
PAULINA: Oh, thank you, Zion. I’m so happy to be here. Everyone is wonderful.
ZION: And now, here’s 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 I’d been wandering in a desert for 40 years. Afterward, all I wanted to do was jump in the Red Sea.
ZION: Well, Simeon… this week even you should have something to cheer about. We’re taking four people whose singing was mentioned in the written Word. Let’s begin with a judge from the land of Israel. Here’s Deborah!
I’ll make music to the Lord
I’ll exalt His Holy Word
He caused the hills to shake and fall
He sent a heav’nly waterfall
I will heed not what you say
For I’ll 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 don’t know, Deborah. There’s something a bit… 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 he’s by himself. Here’s Silas!
You can chain me up in prison
But you can’t 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 wasn’t bad. I heard you wrote that song in prison. You might want to work on your lower register, but it’s 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
Let’s offer our hearts and our hands!
RANDALUS: I don’t know, dawg. That just wasn’t my thing.
PAULINA: I disagree, Randalus. Singing in the temple must be so wonderful.
SIMEON: Well Kenaniah, I must say I’ve 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
That’s how I want all my days to start
You make all my enemies flee
You’ve been a protector to me
You’ve brought me through troubles and woe
So I’ll 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, let’s 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!
You’ve 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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