"Come by here, my Lord. Come by here. Come by here, my Lord. Come by here. Come by here, my Lord. Come by here. O, Lord, come by here!"
These are the words of a familiar song that used to be sung in Christian churches. Lately, the song has taken a beating by those who claim it is a song of unbelief. Critics claim that the song requests the Holy Ghost to come from heaven, when He came on the Day of Pentecost. However, I do not believe that the saints of God who sang that song were singing in such unbelief. I believe they were singing that song, requesting the manifested presence of God or glory of God in their midst.
Keep Using What is Familiar
I Samuel 17 tells the story of David and Goliath. After David offered to meet Goliath's challenge, Saul gave David his armor to wear to fight Goliath. But Saul's armor was too heavy for David to wear. David made the decision to fight Goliath using what he was familiar with - his sling shot. Compared to Saul's armor, David's sling shot did not look like much. But the thing is, David knew what to do with it. David picked up five smooth stones and slew Goliath with what he knew how to work with.
The saints of God need to be like David and keep using what they are familiar with. Songs such as "Come by Here", which to some sounds like unbelief, are really songs of faith that many of the saints of God know how to sing in faith until the glory of God is manifested in their midst. Such singing should not be stopped. It should be encouraged.
The word glory as used in the Old Testament, comes from the Hebrew word chabod (pronounced kah-vohd). It means "weightiness" or "that which is substantial or heavy". It includes honor, splendor, power, wealth, authority, magnificence, fame, dignity, riches and excellency. Chabod is rooted in the word chabad, which means, "to be heavy", "glorius" or "notable". As used in the Old Testament, to be "heavy" meant to be honored or full of substance.1
Isaiah 60 speaks of the glory of God coming upon His people. According to this scripture, when this glory manifests upon them things happen. Things that happen include the return of children, but not just a return. The children are also nurtured. Abundance of wealth is also manifested. Favor is manifested. Affliction ends. Persons who had previously despised them, embrace them. Violence ceases. All of these wonderful things happen when the Lord "comes by".
The Year of Glory
2006 is the year of glory. Using Isaiah 60 as a reference, these are some of the things I believe we can expect in the year of glory: a return and restoration of wayward children, an abundance of wealth, favor, rejection replaced by acceptance, an end of affliction and violence. I am ready for the Lord to come by here.
1Hayford, p. 1047.
Hayford, Jack W. Spirit-Filled Life Bible. New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1991.