This song was born out of the statement that was hurled at Jesus right before being led down the Via Dolorosa, the torturous walk Jesus took carrying the cross He would be crucified on, “Hail, King of the Jews!” These words spoken as people struck Jesus and spit on Him. These words spoken as they placed a crown of thorns on His head and a robe around His beaten body. Yet, these words are so much more true than Pontius Pilate’s soldiers and Jesus’ accuser knew. Words thrown at Jesus like insults now have become words of immense adoration and praise.
This song begins with these words: “We make way for You, prepare a place for You, let our praise become Your throne. Hear Your people sing, we give You everything, Jesus, all for You alone.” With the context of Jesus’ mockery and journey to the cross, these words are a powerful juxtaposition. The people made way for Jesus’ walk to the cross. We make way for Jesus in our lives, clearing out the clutter and distractions so that we may emphasize Jesus’ reign. The soldiers prepared a cross for Jesus’ gruesome death. Through prayer and the reading of Scripture, we prepare a place for Jesus in our hearts and prepare our hearts for His second coming. The people screamed mockery at Jesus and cursed Him. We sing loud the glorious and majestic name of our risen Savior, Jesus Christ. The people did not hold anything back in their torture of Jesus. We desire to hold nothing in our lives from Jesus, but to give Him everything we have and everything we are.
The song continues to proclaim that “for eternity, all of heaven sings with an everlasting song.” The shouts of all of the world’s mockers is drowned by the glorious sound of all the hosts of heaven proclaiming, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” Jesus, the King, is forever robed in the righteousness of God, the Father. The King who was shunned and beaten had the heart to pray from the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
We are called to glorify Jesus through our lives – in every aspect of our lives. This is something that must be sought after daily. It is so easy to live on auto-pilate, not consciously thinking about anything we are doing. We sing in this song, “Awake my soul and sing.” We need to wake our souls up every single day. We need to remind ourselves that we sing to the Risen King. We need to remind ourselves that Jesus Christ died on the cross so that we can be in relationship with God. We cannot take this privilege for granted – it was bought with the very blood of God Himself. We need to remind ourselves that Jesus is constantly pleaded our case before God. We need to remind ourselves that Jesus is to be praised, not ourselves.
Father, help us clear the clutter and distractions from our lives so that we can truly and wholeheartedly sing praise to Jesus’ name. Help us to praise the King of the Jews, the King of the whole world. Help us surrender ourselves as the center of our lives and place Jesus in the center, His rightful place. Forgive us for all of the times we fail to praise You as we should and give us the desire to know You more daily.