“My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed.” Psalm 71:23 ESV
By request, Christian Music History Lessons kicks off this return to action!
Would you be curious to know what songs were comforting the church on 9-11 15 years ago? Unfortunately, there are no Christian Music or Gospel charts from 2001. We can however look back to 2006, which was five years after September 11th. Lets look at the chart leaders from five years after one of the most terrifying events in modern American history. Here are two top tracks that leading the airwaves this week in September 2006!
#1 song on the Hot Christian Songs – ‘Mountain of God’ from Third Day.
At this point, Third Day had been a regular name among Contemporary Christian Music fans for nearly a decade. ‘Mountain of God,’ is a song that reminds us of the journey a Christian takes. We like to live on the peaks of spiritual successes, but the truth is that any victory comes with a season of struggle too. As the song’s refrain says, we ‘must go through the valley, to stand upon the Mountain of God.’ A fitting song of recovery following the events that happened 5 years before this song was leading the charts.
#1 song on the Hot Gospel Songs chart – ‘The Blessing of Abraham’ from Donald Lawrence and the Tri City Singers
After 9-11, the US was certainly a country in need of hope. Five years later, Gospel songwriter Donald Lawrence led his Tri City Singers in performing this upbeat song of affirmation. As a Christian, you are a part of the seed of Abraham, and therefore you are planned to be a beneficiary of the blessings God told Abraham about all the way back in Genesis. Not just the blessing to the nations that we are called to be, but we are also due to inherit a role in the new kingdom God promised through Jesus. Terror cannot change your role as a heir to Abraham’s blessings, culminating one day in eternal life.
So, we may remember the events on 9-11 today and the week ahead, but while we can mourn for those lost, we can rejoice in the comforts of God’s love, just as these two chart topping hits did. I pray that you will be a blessing to those around you today, as we continue to move forward from the dark events of 15 years ago. – Timothy