Midnight Cry
by Jana Kennedy-Spicer on December 6th, 2015

Of all the things I get to do with Sweet To The Soul, and all the topics I get to write on, and all the Bible studies we get to lead, I think this series, #SundayHymnbook is my very favorite part! 

I love reliving the days of my youth spent in small country churches, and I love reading about how these old hymns, and current worship songs, touch the hearts of so many. 
 

"The Midnight Cry", written by Bill Gaither, is not only one of my all time favorites, it was my Daddy's favorite also. Maybe mine because it was his, I am an openly confessed Daddy's girl.

I am blessed to be apart of a church now that stills plays these traditional hymns as well a more contemporary worship, and this hymn is probably one of the most requested to our Worship Minister. 

For me, when I hear just the very first few cords, my eyes begin to water, the knot forms in my throat and my heart swells.  

In my mind, I am belting out the lyrics with such a melodious precision it shakes the church rafters. But in reality, I'm simply mumbling and trying to hold back the rush of tears just waiting to burst forth like a flood from a broken dam. 

This song moves me. 

The memories. The message. The hope. The promise. 

That day. That moment.... 
When Jesus steps out
 on a cloud to call His children
 the dead in Christ shall rise
 to meet Him in the air

(Now I'm having to wipe my eyes just to see to finish typing this.)

This friends, this is the moment, this is when our hope in Jesus is fulfilled. This is when all these struggles will cease, when all this hate will end, when all this sickness will be made well, when all our of tears are dried.

​and then those that remain
 will be quickly changed
 at the midnight cry (at the midnight cry)
 when Jesus comes again


Oh Lord Jesus, come.

at the midnight cry
 the Bride of Christ will rise


If you are familiar with this hymn, I'm sure you can hear it playing in your heart as you read the lyrics below. But I'd like to share with you one of my favorite renditions of this beautiful hymn, performed by Jason Crabb. 

Follow this link to watch the video

​I hear the sound
 of a mighty rushing wind
 and it's closer now
 than it's ever been
 I can almost hear the trumpet
 as Gabriel sounds the chord
 at the midnight cry
 we'll be going home

 When Jesus steps out
 on a cloud to call His children

 the dead in Christ shall rise
 to meet Him in the air
 and then those that remain
 will be quickly changed
 at the midnight cry (at the midnight cry)
 when Jesus comes again

 I look around me
 I see prophecies fulfilling
 and signs of the times
 they're appearing everywhere
 I can almost hear the Father
 as He says
 Son go get your children
 at the midnight cry
 the Bride of Christ will rise

 When Jesus steps out
 on a cloud to call His children
 the dead in Christ shall rise
 to meet Him in the air
 and then those that remain
 will be quickly changed
 at the midnight cry (at the midnight cry)
 when Jesus comes again

 And then those that remain
 will be quickly changed
 at the midnight cry (at the midnight cry)
 when Jesus comes again
 at the midnight cry (at the midnight cry)
 when Jesus comes again
 when Jesus comes again
 
May you find divine fellowship with our Lord today. 

Blessings Soul Friends, 
​Today's blog post is part of our series #SundayHymnBook, where I have invited others to visit on Sundays and share about how a particular hymn or worship song has impacted their life.

  How has this song impacted your worship experience?
I would love to hear from you in the comments below.


 
​Jana Kennedy-Spicer is a wife, mom and Nana who is passionate about inspiring and encouraging women on their daily walk with Christ. A woman rescued and repaired by the grace of God, she loves to share about the realness of God's love, redemption and faithfulness. Embarking on a new life journey, she is dedicated to using her blogging, Bible teaching, writing, photography, drawing, painting and graphic designs to bring glory to the Lord. 


Posted in Sunday HymnBook    Tagged with hymn, worship, promise, hope


3 Comments

Connie Anderson - December 6th, 2015 at 8:02 AM
How Great thou art was my Dad's favorite and every time I hear it I'm the same as you, the tears begin. Thank you for all you do to share the word of our Lord. God bless you!
~ linda - December 19th, 2015 at 12:54 PM
Powerful and beautiful. I have not heard this song in years! Thank you for sharing it.
~ linda - December 26th, 2015 at 7:48 PM
I just listened to "Midnight Cry" on YouTube by the Gaithers over this Christmas weekend. So powerful. It had been a long time since I heard it and needed to hear it now. Just filled with the Holy Spirit.
Caring through Christ, ~ linda
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