Songs for Advent: Deliver Us (Behold the Lamb of God)

One of my favorite Christmas records of all time is Andrew Peterson’s Behold the Lamb of God. If you are unfamiliar with both this record and Andrew Peterson, I would highly suggest that you fix that immediately! Andrew is a fabulous songwriter and storyteller. His music is constantly playing in our house and car.

Behold the Lamb of God is the story of Jesus set to music, and for me, Deliver Us is song that resonates the most. Sung by another one of my favorite musicians, Derek Webb’s Deliver us tells the story of God’s people in slavery; not a slavery in Egypt from which we need a deliver to come and take us to a promised land. Rather, we cry out for a deliverer from our sin and rebellion.

If you listen to Deliver Us, you may pick up on some similar themes and motifs that are also part of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.

Deliver Us
Our enemy, our captor is no pharaoh on the Nile
Our toil is neither mud nor brick nor sand
Our ankles bear no calluses from chains, yet Lord, we’re bound
Imprisoned here, we dwell in our own land

Deliver us, deliver us Oh Yahweh, hear our cry
And gather us beneath your wings tonight

Our sins they are more numerous than all the lambs we slay
These shackles they were made with our own hands
Our toil is our atonement and our freedom yours to give
So Yahweh, break your silence if you can

Deliver us, deliver us Oh Yahweh, hear our cry
And gather us beneath your wings tonight

Jerusalem, Jerusalem
How often I have longed
To gather you beneath my gentle wings’

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