Our God, He is Alive!
by: Benjie Bensing
Back in the late 90’s, I was attending a growing church in Makati. This church was controversial and was even splashed across the television news for its unconventional one-on-one discipling-style. I was struck by the devotion and the commitment of every member I met, and at the same time by the simplicity of the songs being sung in the church. Those songs evoked very powerful imagery and stirred deep longings in my heart.
One of my favorite songs is called “Our God, He is Alive!” I was awestruck the first time I heard this song rendered A Cappella in one of the congregational service. I cannot forget that moment.
Recently, I found out that the composer of the song was a man named Aaron Wesley Dicus (A.W.Dicus). He was born on May 30, 1888 in Festus, Jefferson County, Missouri, USA and died on September 2, 1978 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, USA . From one website http://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=12&article=970 I found out that Pastor Dicus was not only an Evangelist (a gospel preacher) but also an inventor (he invented the automobile turn signal), a writer, and a leading nuclear physicist.
Here’s the text from http://www.hymnlyrics.org/newlyrics_o/our_god_he_is_alive.php
Our God, He is Alive
There is, beyond the azure blue
A God, concealed from human sight
He tinted skies with heav’nly hue
And framed the worlds with His great might
There is a God (There is a God), He is alive (He is alive)
In Him we live (In Him we live) and we survive (and we survive)
From dust our God (From dust our God) created man (created man)
He is our God (He is our God), the great I Am (the great I Am)
There was a long, long time ago
A God whose voice the prophets heard
He is the God that we should know
Who speaks from His inspired word
Our God, whose Son upon a tree
A life was willing there to give
That He from sin might set man free
And evermore with Him could live
The first stanza is an incredible proclamation and acknowledgment that there is a God – a God we may not see but exists nonetheless – a God who is alive. It also conjures a beautiful picture of how God in His infinite wisdom and power created the universe in the beginning. Coming from a nuclear physicist, it tells a whole different story.
The second stanza underlines our separation from God and how He – a long, long, time ago, revealed Himself to different prophets at different times – tried to call humanity back to His fold. Without stating the obvious, God wants all people to be saved. And though the prophets were rejected and even His only begotten Son was rejected and crucified, He continually speaks to us through His inspired word: the Bible.
The third and last stanza is the culmination of God’s plan for redemption. His Son, hung upon a tree (crucified upon the cross), was willing to take your place and mine and offer Himself as a perfect sacrifice. Jesus took the punishment that we all deserved, and paid the price of our sins. He did this so that each one of us may be set free from the bondage of sin and be reconciled with God and live with him in paradise for eternity.
Our God, He is alive. A simple song, with a powerful message.