© 2002 Jack Marti, all rights reserved, Made in USA
In case anyone had any doubts, this collection of songs is meant to speak to the concept of faith. Whether it's a miraculous manifestation of faith such as with Peter & John, or a faith born of hope and endurance as in I Saw One Weary. Each song is meant to inspire, reinforce or at least give one reason to hang on!, knowing that One is in control who knows the end from the beginning and will do every thing He can possibly do to cause our faith to grow if we will only exercise the faith He has already given (Romans 12:3) and do what He asks us to do "with the power of His might" (Ephesians 6:10).
When singing or listening to a song it is possible that any given individual will have a unique perspective as to what the song was meant to convey. For that reason, I would like to share my point of view, not necessarily to be definitive, but just so you'll know why I included each song and how I see it relating to the over-all theme of faith.
Peter & John mp3 clip - This has been one of my daughter's favorite scripture songs ever since we first heard it about ten or twelve years ago. My daughter is rather severely affected by Crebral Palsey and is unable to do almost anything a "normal" person can do, including sitting up without support or walking or even feeding herself. When we sing this song to her she squeals with delight knowing (by faith) that one day she will be "walking and leaping and praising God," when Jesus comes again and gives her a new body. Of course, He can heal her sooner if He wants to, but "we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." Roman's 8:28
O Could I Tell mp3 clip - The words to this song came from a little poem written by Oswald Chambers which I put to music because it impressed me with the idea that it really is impossible for one person to communicate the concept of faith to another person unless he has a personal experience with the One who is the Source of all true faith. We can point others to Jesus, but unless they are willing to "behold the lamb" there are no words that can be devised that can communicate effectively "what I have seen."
Our Suffering Savior Calls to You mp3 clip - This song was inspired by a book I read on the sanctuary by Ty Gibson entitled, The Path of the Just. Each chapter covers one step in the journey. Step one is the gate of repentence. Step two is the alter of sacrifice. Step three is the washing of regeneration at the laver. Step four is the table of shewbread where we eat the Bread of life or the Word of God. Step five is the seven-branched candlestick where we learn to let our light shine. Step six is the alter of incense where effectual prayer is offered. Finally, step seven is where we "bohold, an open door" into the most holy place. The song itself is not so much about our path to the Savior as it is about His path to us which in turn motivates us to take the path of the just which "is as a shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day" Proverbs 4:18. The idea that I most wanted to convey in this song is that the suffering of our Savior is not just a fact of history, it's an ongoing reality. As long as He is having to plead his blood in our behalf for ongoing sin in our lives (whether known or ignorant) He (and the Father for that matter) is suffering the keenest emotional pain. Until we understand that fully, I think we will never be willing or perhaps able to completely put away all sin.
Mountain Moving mp3 clip - The idea for the words to this song were contained in a rather poorly written anonymous poem that a friend of mine came across a number of years ago. She saw potential in it and re-worked it into its present form minus the refrain. A little over a year ago, now, when I first started conceiving this project, I asked her if she had written any poems I might use to make songs. She had already shared a couple of stanzas she added to Peter & John which worked quite well. So she sent me an e-mail with the words to this poem. I loved it and immediately began to try and make it into a song. My first attempt sounded kind of like a Marty Robbins cowboy song and I wasn't really happy with it. The next day, however, this melody came to mind and I added a refrain. To me, the words to this song testify to the fact that self-generated faith is worthless, but the faith that comes from Jesus can move any mountain big or small. If we ask anything in His name (character), He will do it (John 14:14).
Awake, O Israel! mp3 clip - I first heard this song in 1981 when I sang it with a friend, Michelle Wellington, at another friend's wedding. Don't ask me why they wanted this song per se to be sung at their wedding, but it has been one of my favorite songs since then. And it is high time that we, who call ourselves the children of faithful Abraham (Galations 3:7), "shake off" our slumber, so that the Truth can "set [us] free."
Sound the Battle Cry! mp3 clip - Once faith has been awakened, it behooves us as Christians to "put on the whole armour of God" (Ephesians 6:11), knowing that the Christian life is a "battle and a march" and that we will be "troubled on every side" (2 Corinthians 4:8).
I Saw One Weary mp3 clip - The words to this song were written by a young woman in her mid twenties about three men who had fought the good fight of faith for many years and what "buoyed" their spirits up and what "alone" will "buoy" our spirits up which is to say will keep our faith alive.
To Me For You mp3 clip - This song is for those of us who know we can't do it ourselves, but we keep trying anyway, and it makes us weary. We constantly need to be reminded that "all things" really do work together for good to those who love God and are the called. If we would learn to "rest" in Him and let Him do to us what needs to be done in order that we may reflect His character the conflict with self would finally be won.
Be Thou My Vision mp3 clip - If I say, "I see what you mean," I'm saying I understand what you're saying. Faith is described as "the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). If faith is something I cannot see or understand, at least not fully, then in this song I'm asking God to be my understanding. I'm saying, God, be the answer to all my questions. If I have doubts let them not be in You, but in my own understanding which is based on imperfect information. I'm saying You have given me enough evidence to believe that You exist and that the essence of who You are is love. If there are things in this life that I don't understand, let me percieve that from Your perspective and know that in the end everything will be all right.
How Sweet are the Tidings mp3 clip mp3 clip - This song is all about the "blessed hope." This is what buoys us up while we travel through this wilderness of woe.
I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say mp3 clip - The message of this song is that which cannot be communicated effectively until "He bringeth you were I have been." You may understand the words, but until you've had the experience the message will be of little value to you.
Wondrous Love mp3 clip - The love to which this song refers is incomprehensible to the carnal mind. It is only by the gift of faith that we sinners even begin to uderstand such selflessness which is the law of heaven.
O Jesus, Thou Art Standing mp3 clip - Is it possible that even after we have understood the love of Christ that we might still bar the door to our heart because there is something we still cherish even more? God help us by faith to put everything in its proper perspective.
Let Your Heart Be Broken mp3 clip - A number of years ago, someone asked me to sing this song to go along with a message they were going to present on practical godliness. I had never heard it before so I had a pianist play it for me. The original melody was nice, but very minor and repetitive. So I took the liberty of composing a different melody for it, and now this is one of my favorite songs. The message of this song is the substance of what faith is.
Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy mp3 clip - This song was originally written in 3/4 time, but that meter always seemed awkward to me, so I changed it to 4/4 time. This song calls on us to be reflectors of God's mercy to those who are in darkness. It may be that the brightness of the Father's mercy is more than many can bear to look upon. But as they see His mercy reflected in us fellow sinners through faith, that may be something they can grasp until they are able to bear the light directly from the Father.
To Jesus Every Day mp3 clip - This is a light-hearted song of love and adoration to our Savior. It speaks of a growing faith by recounting all that Jesus is and does while at the same time acknowledging that this life is "often" wearisome.
Come Thou Fount mp3 clip - This song is all about God's grace which can only be understood through God's gift of faith. As our faith grows through exercise we are constrained to acknowledge more and more our need for and debt to grace whch binds us "closer still to Thee."
When He Cometh mp3 clip - I am dedicatiing this song to my daughter-in-law, Lexie, whose sister was killed in a logging accident at a very young age. It was her favorite song. Jesus knows just when to gather His jewels.
How Can You Say No? mp3 clip - Of all the songs I have ever heard or sung, this is one that has had a most profound effect on me. I first heard it in 1985 when Craig Smith sang it in an open air concert. It was the second to last song he sang that day, the last one was Holy, Holy, Holy! By the time he finished the song and started to sing the last song, I was in tears. I knew, in spite of myself, even though I'd been a believer for a number of years, that I had been saying no, and at that point I didn't know how to say yes. This song has been a reminder to me through the years that no matter how many times I may say yes, it's still possible, by my actions, to say no. Dear Father, help me ever to say yes from now on until Jesus comes agian. Amen.Click here to download an mp3 sample from Mountain Moving.