Days of Elijah
by Alex Brown
I was pointed at this song recently by a friend who had found a You Tube video of a group of US Marines singing “Days of Elijah” in their camp chapel.It's at the bottom of the page.
It's perhaps not great singing but the enthusiasm can't be faulted. My friend said he found it strange that these tough fighting men should so embrace a religious song. I didn’t, as I remembered stories from my father1 about hard fighting, hard drinking, hard swearing “squaddies” calling out to God to save them when under fire. The statement "There are no atheists in foxholes" 2 is probably as true today as it was in 1942. Anyway, the video was enjoyable, even fun, but I had a nagging feeling that I had missed the point. I read the words again and again and it struck me that the first verse could be about our times.
1.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 though these are days of great trial
Of famine and darkness and sword
Still, we are the voice in the desert crying
'Prepare ye the way of the Lord!'
Are these our ‘Elijah’ days? Elijah felt isolated and alone, like many of us at this time, until God used him to stand up and speak for Him. Are these our "Days of great trial, of famine, darkness and sword", the “Time of Tribulation”, and are we being called to make a declaration of what we believe in???
2.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
Oh, the fields are as white in Your world
And we are the labourers in Your vineyard
Declaring the word of the Lord!
This second verse brings hope, hope that our belief in Lord Jesus will prevail and will be rewarded if we hold fast to that which is good. Finally the "days of the harvest" reminds us of the Great Commission : that Christians should go into all the world and make disciples of all nations.
Behold He comes riding on the clouds
Shining like the sun at the trumpet call;
Lift your voice, it's the year of jubilee
And out of Zion's hill salvation comes!
According to Robin Mark, the author, the chorus “is the ultimate declaration of hope - Christ's return. It is paraphrased from the books of Revelation and Daniel and the vision that was seen of the coming King and refers to the return of Christ and the year of Jubilee.”
And : There is no God like Jehovah! ( Repeated x15 )
Repetition in music and poetry is used as stress, so in this song the repetition of “There is no God like Jehovah,” reminds us of the all surpassing supremacy of God.
My personal feeling about the song “Days of Elijah”? We are being encouraged as Christians to celebrate. The song shows us that prophecies about Christ and God’s people have been fulfilled across hundreds of years. Christ is coming again … this time “riding on the clouds, at the trumpet’s sound.”