Let Justice Roll (Louisville: Sojourn Music, 2015)

Sojourn Music has released its latest CD. As a former member of Sojourn Church in Louisville, it is always with great joy that I experience the music they produce. God has amazingly gifted men and women in this church as modern day psalmists. Mike Cosper leads this ministry and has a great heart for the Lord and his church.

In addition to my previous connection, the keyboard player (Jonathan Barahona) from my current church (First Boynton) plays on this CD. He currently resides in Louisville and has connected with this ministry.

I have listened to all of the tracks on this work, but the one that stands out is Let Justice Roll (track #4). I previously saw online Mike Cosper refer to this song. When Barahona was in town for Christmas, this is the song he recommended to me.
Bobby Gilles wrote the lyrics based on the words of the prophet,

But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

–Amos 5:24

To get the full gist of this verse, you should really read at least the earlier part of chapter 5. It is a powerful passage which speaks to our culture today.

Rebecca Elliott wrote the music and provides the primary vocals on the track. Her voice fits this song perfectly.

Forgive us Lord, for passing by
When children cry for bread
Forbid it Lord, that justice lie
In tatters, cold and dead
Outside these walls run desperate streets
Where greed is law and life is cheap
We bar the doors, refuse to see,
Or hear the words You said:

Let justice roll like a river, Like a river, let it roll
Let justice roll like a river, Like a river, let it roll

Convict us Lord, we dance and laugh
ignoring those who weep
Correct us Lord, our golden calf
has lulled our hearts to sleep
The gap between the rich and poor
grows ever wider, shore to shore
There’s racial hate, religious war
and wolves among the sheep

Let justice roll like a river, Like a river, let it roll
Let justice roll like a river, Like a river, let it roll

Indwell us Lord, and purify
our hands to work for You
Enlist us Lord, to serve nearby
and ʻcross the waters, too
Your image-bearers on the earth
will never know how much theyʼre worth
unless we love and help them first
and show the way to You.

Let justice roll like a river, Like a river, let it roll
Let justice roll like a river, Like a river, let it roll

 I don’t want to be guilty of hyperbole, but please let me know a song that has richer lyrics than does this. The theology is mighty. The application is superb. My intention is to take two lines a day (thought section) and meditate on them. For example, on the first day, I will be chewing on “Forgive us Lord, for passing by when children cry for bread.”

In the end I’m sure that not only will Amos 5:24 echo in our ears, but deep within we will be reminded of the greatest commandments:

“Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:28-31

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