AS_lyric18A genre of music was born in the Deep South of America when enslaved Africans were brought to the United States in the early 17th Century.  This was the music of the slave who would be free.  The sound of the mother in the field who would be united with the children heartlessly taken from her.  The song of those who would escape their trials and find a new life in the North.  The cry of those whose only hope was to cross that River Jordan and find their peace and freedom in the Life to come.

 

Songs you may recognize like Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Go Down Moses & Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen are all work songs born in the fields of the enslaved South.  Even the pentatonic melody of Amazing Grace by John Newton is rumored to have its origin in a song sung by people chained in the hull of one of his slave ships as they crossed the Atlantic.

 

AS_lyric19Jesus promised He would never leave us nor forsake us, He has sent His Comforter, The Holy Spirit to guard and guide us, and I believe that with all my heart.  Yet there are times when the weight of the world seems just too much to bear.  I know I have often prayed the prayer of John in Revelation 21:20 “Come quickly, Lord Jesus”, I have to believe that it was prayed often and desperately by the slaves who longed for their Lord Jesus to make all things new.

 

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In that spirit, this song was written and produced.  It is a song of longing, a pleading for God to provide the Deus ex machina, to use a literary plot device from Greek tragedy: a rescue from above.  It is not a sentiment we will share as we gather one day around the Throne to celebrate the beginning of Jesus’ eternal reign.  This is a prayer for today.  “Come quickly this moment, for we need You every hour.  Come quickly and deliver us from the terrible evils in this world.  How long will you wait, Lord Jesus?”  Along with John and all the martyrs we pray, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus.”

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COME QUICKLY Aaron Shust/Daniel Doss/Jared Anderson

 

VERSE 1

Our souls are weary

Our hearts are thirsty

Only You can satisfy (Psalm 42:1-2)

Our cup is empty

Our burden heavy

You’re the well that won’t run dry (John 4:13-14, Rev 7:13-17)

PRE CHORUS

We need a rescue from above (Psalm 144:7)

We need a rescue from above

CHORUS

Come Quickly Jesus (Rev 22:20)

Come Quickly Jesus

All we need is You (x2)

VERSE 2

You are the Answer

You are the Healer (I Pet 2:24)

You’re the lifter of our heads (Ps 3:3)

And though we falter

Still You are faithful (I Tim 2:13)

You’re the Shelter in the storm (Isa 32:1-2)

BRIDGE

You can calm the storm (Mark 4:39)

Walk above the waves (Mark 6:45-51)

You can move the mountains (Matt 17:20)

You can move the mountains

Speaking out Your Word

Walls are coming down (Heb 11:30)

You can move the mountains

You can move the mountains