Sing Your Fight Song

  Rocky-with-kids

Fight songs.  They inspire, motivate, and drive.  I believe they are called “fight songs” because our teams are in a fight for victory. A fight is a clash and a contest, a battle and a brawl to determine supremacy.  The weekly competitions on the gridiron, however, are no match for the epic, eternal struggle between Heaven and Hell, good and evil, right and wrong. So, if we sing fight songs for the earthly competitions between flesh and blood, why not join in the eternal chorus for the ultimate prize? 

Fight songs. We don’t call the songs, hymns and spiritual songs we sing in church “fight songs”, but they are fight songs nonetheless. We are singing and cheering for our “team.”  Our team is “Team Jesus:” Father, Son and Holy Ghost. We worship the creator and the redeemer. We praise the Alpha and the Omega.  We cheer on the King of Kings and Lords because the victory has already been won, and the outcome has never been in doubt.

Heaven and earth sing fight songs.  In Heaven, the angelic beings sang “Holy, holy holy is the Lord of Hosts: the whole earth is full of his Glory” (Isaiah 6:3).  In Heaven, the four living creatures “day and night never cease to sing, ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is and is to come’” (Revelation 4:8). 

On earth, all denominations do not agree on doctrine or liturgy, yet we all can join in and sing what was sung by Isaiah’s seraphims and John’s cherubims: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.”  Notice that it is OUR song; accordingly, true worship is plural. According to Eugene Peterson, “the gospel puts us in community.  One of the immediate changes that the gospel makes is grammatical: we instead of I; our instead of my; us instead of me” (Peterson: Reversed Thunder, p. 43).

A historical study of hymns teaches us that “hymns mediated between differences of class and race, offered a public voice to women, and functioned to pacify intra-evangelical disputes.”[1]  While unity is not an issue in Heaven, singing is symbolized by unified worship.

Fight songs.  They are simple and yet profound.  The lyrics to the theme song from the Academy Award winning film Rocky are simple, yet spiritually profound:   

Trying hard now

 It’s so hard now

 Trying hard now

 

 Getting strong now

 Won’t be long now

 Getting strong now

 

 Gonna fly now

 Flying high now

 Gonna fly, fly, fly…  

 

“Getting strong now.  Won’t be long now.”  These words send shivers up and down my spine.  As Andre Crouch sang, “Anyday now, we’ll be going home.” 

So join in and let’s all sing the song of our Blessed Redeemer; it’s our fight song.


[1] Richard J. Mouw and Mark Noll, Wonderful Words of Life: Hymns in American Protestant History and Theology (Erdmans Publishing Company: New York), 2004, p. 11.

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