Rattle! New Song Study
by Jacqui Crumrine – Associate Pastor – Worship and Arts
If someone were to ask you what your favorite Sunday of the year is…you might say “Easter”! You can’t go wrong with the day that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus! There’s a lot of power in that! After all,…that IS the Good News that we get to proclaim day after day. But do you find yourself forgetting that power…day after day? I mean, do you think about resurrection power when you’re making breakfast in the morning? Or when you’re driving to work? Or in the middle of a pandemic? Or do we wait for the that one Sunday a year, or the one day a week to receive that power from God?
Every now and then, a song comes along that reminds me of that power. “RATTLE!” happens to be that song for me right now. Let’s break it down…but before we do. You have to read Ezekiel 37:1-14.
37 The Lord took hold of me, and Iwas carried away by the Spirit of the Lord to a valley filled with bones. 2 He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out. 3 Then he asked me, “Son of man, can these bones become living people again?”
“O Sovereign Lord,” I replied, “you alone know the answer to that.”
4 Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, ‘Dry bones, listen to the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! 6 I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
7 So I spoke this message, just as he told me. Suddenly as I spoke, there was a rattling noise all across the valley. The bones of each body came together and attached themselves as complete skeletons. 8 Then as I watched, muscles and flesh formed over the bones. Then skin formed to cover their bodies, but they still had no breath in them.
9 Then he said to me, “Speak a prophetic message to the winds, son of man. Speak a prophetic message and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.’”
Rattle! by Elevation Worship Publishing (CCLI song #7149088)
“Saturday was silent, surely it was through. But since when has impossible ever stopped you? Friday’s disappointment was Sunday’s empty tomb. Since when has impossible ever stopped you?”
There are stories throughout the Bible of God doing the impossible (by our standards). But on that day…the day of Christ’s resurrection, God once again proved that He was unstoppable and could do the impossible. The question hangs in the air…”Do I believe that God can do the impossible?” There are people that I am praying for, and I wonder if God can reach them. Or people that are sick, and I wonder if He will heal? Do you see how easy it is to limit God? But then I read stories like Ezekiel and I remember that God’s plan is to bring the dead back to life and to breathe life into dry souls!
“This is the sound of dry bones rattling. This is the praise making the dead walk again. Open the graves, I’m coming out, I’m going to live, gonna live again. This is the sound of dry bones rattling”.
Do you hear it? Can you hear and see what God is up to? It always hits me when I sing this song…it’s starts with me. I have to receive from God and live again. The first sound that I should be hearing are my ‘dry bones’ coming to life. Oh Lord! Let it be so!
“Pentecostal fire, stirring something new. You’re not going to run out of miracles anytime soon. Resurrection power runs in my veins to. I believe there’s another miracle here in this room”.
Moving from the book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament to the book of Acts chapter 3, the Spirit is still on the move. People are being healed and the Lord is adding to their numbers daily. What do they have that we don’t? That’s just it…we have the same Spirit alive in us! “Resurrection power runs in my veins to!” We have the same call to heal and deliver. We have the same call to proclaim the Good News that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead. Our world is a valley of dry bones. I believe that we are the messengers, fueled by the Spirit, to proclaim “LIVE!”
Living in the power of the resurrection is far more than a celebration one Sunday a year. It’s even more than gathering one day a week. We can live in a power beyond our own 24/7. That’s what it means to abide in Christ (John 15:5). We have an unlimited source of power. That Power is from the One that can make the dead walk again. “Open the graves, I’m coming out, I’m going to live, gonna live again. This is the sound of dry bones rattling.”