One of my favorite songs to sing on Sunday mornings at Uptown Church is the song titled “But For You Who Fear My Name”. Although it is written by Lenny Smith, most people are familiar with The Welcome Wagon’s version. It is an incredibly catchy song, one that gets stuck in your head and leaves you whistling the rest of the week. It is a wonderful worship song, but there is one particular line that always throws me off guard. It’s a funny lyric that doesn’t seem to fit or at least sticks out as unusual. It’s in imagery that often stops me from singing and I begin to imagine it in my mind. Maybe you know the line I’m talking about.
“And you shall go forth again
And skip about like calves
Coming from their stalls at last”
The words are not as unusual as you might first think. It is a reference to Malachi 4:2 and in context, is speaking of the Great Day of the Lord. The day the Messiah would come and rescue his people. For the evildoer and the arrogant that reject Him, that day will not be joyful. God says that it will be like a burning oven. Then He goes on to say “But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.” In other words that day will be the best day, one full of joy, excitement and unabashed revelry!
But why calves? It seems like an odd choice of imagery. It is odd, unless you have seen calves leaping from their stalls into the lush grass for the first time. If you haven’t seen it, watch this video below.
It’s as if those cows know something we don’t, a joy that can’t be contained. An animal that top heavy shouldn’t move that fast. It’s silly, it’s unrestrained and it’s nowhere close to graceful, but does it look like they care? Not at all! And that is exactly the point.
Because the truth is, the Messiah has come. Jesus has rescued His people and He will return one day to bring us home. And for those who fear His name, we have every reason to be joyful, to be unrestrained in our excitement for what He has done for us, to worship Him and enjoy his presence forever!
Remember that truth this week and I hope it causes you to have an extra “skip” in your step.
If you need a little help here is Welcome Wagon’s version of the song. Click below to listen. Be warned. It’s contagious.
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Author: Rev. Wes Andrews