The Holy Scriptures do not let us escape the fact that the Christian life is war, but we are sleepy and hardly even realize that we are soldiers.
Can it really be, though, that we will be content with comfort, sleep, and indolence now, to the dishonor of our King, to the danger of our brothers falling around us, and to our shame at the end of the age? God forbid!
This stirring arrangement of Isaac Watts’ Am I a Soldier of the Cross? by the Good Shepherd Band was performed at the 2009 ClearNote Fellowship Conference during a session by Jody Killingsworth titled Worship Wars: Worship as Fuel for the Fight. Thanks to the Good Shepherd Band for their kind permission to post the rough cut audio here.
How profitable, the intense questions this song asks! “Must I be carried to the skies on flowery beds of ease, while others fought to win the prize and sailed through bloody seas?” Ouch! It puts everything in the right perspective, and stirs up a holy zeal and a holy fear — don’t let me miss out on the great war, Lord!
Am I a Soldier of the Cross?
By Isaac Watts
Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb?
And shall I fear to own his cause,
Or blush to speak his name?
Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?
Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?
Sure I must fight, if I would reign!
Increase my courage, Lord!
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by thy word.
Thy saints in all this glorious war
Shall conquer, though they die;
They view the triumph from afar
And seize it with their eye.
When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all thine armies shine
In robes of victory through the skies,
The glory shall be thine.