The Mighty One

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There are not many congregational worship songs that directly address the judgment of God, particularly manifested in the final judgment often called "Judgment Day." The Bible is clear in Romans 2:5-7 that there will be a "day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed. He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life." Our worship songs seem also to be tilted towards a romanticized view of God that sees Him only as a lover and friend. While this is true, He is also portrayed as a fierce and mighty warrior who stands over the earth and does not let any guilty go unpunished. Psalm 50:1-4 says:
The Mighty One, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. Our God comes; he does not keep silence; before him is a devouring fire, around him a mighty tempest. He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people."
Though we are to remember how God is portrayed in Scripture and rightly stand in awe and fear of His majesty and holiness, the Christian's fear is balanced by the fact that God has unleashed His full fury and judgment upon His Son in our place. We now no longer need to fear judgment but can simply stand amazed to see God's judgment poured out on another in our place. And on that final day, we can be assured that we will be shielded from the fury of God's wrath by the righteousness of Jesus.


The Mighty One, the Lord, has stirred
And summons all the earth;
The heavens shout His righteousness
And all-surpassing worth.
"What right have you to claim my Law
In vain religious cries?
O you who have forgotten me-
Your judgment shall arise."

No mortal dare approach the throne
Of Him who dwells in light;
Such holy majesty abounds
That angels veil their sight.
Should rebels such as us presume
Upon His leniency
And hope that when the judgment comes
A Father's smile to see?

But God's eternal love declared
A fierce and holy war
Upon the justice I deserved
His favor to restore.
The Christ took my unrighteousness,
Was punished in my place,
And won my right to one day see
His Father's smiling face.

Behold, the day of vengeance nears-
The wrath of God shall come;
Though man will hide and quake in fear
I shall not be undone;
For lo- the One who leads this charge
Will rush to my defense
And shield me from the final war
In His own righteousness.

Words & Music by David L. Ward
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