On The Third Day

As a worship leader many songs come across my desk. Most fall into that bottomless category of “Man, I just don’t get that!” Occasionally I listen to a song that absolutely captures my heart and that happened about a year ago with the song, “On The Third Day” by Matt Maher

This song takes an amazing lyric and tells uses word pictures of nature to tell the story of our need to die to ourselves in the act of ultimate worship unto the Lord. There is a line in the song that says, “For everything must die to rise again.”

The song really speaks to the condition of our hearts and our need to respond to God as HE offers us new life. I need to warn you that there is a good chance that you won’t get it after just 1 listen. I encourage you to spend some time listening and working to visualize the scenes that are described by the lyrics of the song.

Creation brings an offering as autumn leaves turn to gold. The trees bow down in highest praise now made bare before Your throne. The western sky an amber blaze, at the end of the day for everything must die to rise again.

The winters chill a bitter cold as sin and shame leave us to fall. The clouds now full of newborn snow, for grace to come and save us all. Within the darkest night of man was found Your saving hand, for everything must die to rise again.

On the third day behold the King, on the third day death has no sting, on the third day, we’re forgiven and reconciled.

The earth it groans in labor pains as flowers stretch to heaven above. Your creatures sing the prophet’s song to be a gift of selfless love. The sun is rising in the east and Your Spirit is unleashed for everything must die to rise again.

On the third day behold the King, on the third day death has no sting, on the third day, we’re forgiven and reconciled.

And so we wait in joyous hope for You to come and take us home. And so we join beneath the cross in suffering from whence we go. The greatest act of sovereign grace in the universe displayed, for everything must die to rise again.
On the third day behold the King, on the third day death has no sting, on the third day, we’re forgiven and reconciled. On the third day the saints rejoice on the third day we lift our voice on the third day we’re united and glorified.

This song is really a poem set to music. It’s an amazing expression of our desperate need for God and the love and grace that only HE can offer as we experience true life in Him!

Here’s a video of Matt explaining the meaning behind the song and him actually playing the song. It has some instructional stuff at the end but you can get a feel for the song with his explanation before that. Enjoy.

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