Hey everyone, and welcome to Throwback Thursday. It has been a long time since we have done a proper Throwback Thursday so of course, that’s what we are going to be doing today with a focus on some cool history. I will keep it short as I feel this is what I need to do nowadays but I really want you to spend the extra minute thinking about the song and what God has to say to you. So today, we have Petra again with the beautiful, “How Long”.
How Long- Petra
But the whole assembly talked about stoning them. Then the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the Israelites. The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them?“
If you are sure about what that was about, I encourage you to read from Exodus 2 all the way through to Deuteronomy 34:12 (Joshua). Moses was an incredible man and in fact, Deuteronomy 34:12 tells us this. “For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.” It is actually really sad reading that verse as Moses was truly one of the most extraordinary characters in the Bible. But Numbers 13:10-11 is a section in the time of Moses. After everything that the Israelites had seen, they still turned from God and turned against Moses.
How Long? It’s a simple question with an almost impossible answer. How Long, until my friends come to Christ? How Long, until I get better? How Long, until I stop doubting God’s power? How Long, until I can learn patience and stop my anger problems? We will ask ourselves and God questions like this, but if we don’t ask God in faith believing for a good outcome, we will never reach what we want.
The lyrics are simply moving and its such a beautiful song, sung out of a cry and a desire for more of God. For a breakthrough. I really believe that Petra wrote some of the most heartfelt and spiritual songs ever. We have music today (CCM) because Petra stood up to the church and reclaimed what the darkness had stolen. They said Petra was demonic and the music was for Satan, but when did the devil get cool music? Am I right?! He has no power here and He doesn’t deserve songs and music. But even people against this music agreed on the God written lyrics.
‘We have sung our songs of victory, We have prayed to you for rain, We have cried your compassion, To renew the land again, Now we’re standing in your presence, More hungry than before, Now we’re on your steps of mercy and we’re knocking at your door…
…How long, Before you drench the barren land. How long, Before we see a righteous man. How long, Before your name is lifted high. How long, Before the weeping turns to songs of joy…’
I really encourage you to check out the full the lyrics because they are incredible. I really hope you enjoyed this Throwback Thursday. It was more like a look back into the past of Christian music, but I guess it keeps it fresh.
God Bless you all!
The Faith Filled Friends