WHAT IS CLEAN IS THE LORD’S CALL TO MAKE


By Akin Ojumu

When I first heard the song, Jerusalema, I thought, just another one in the long line of sensual songs that stir the soul, give an emotional high, and then drop you down hard in a prolonged hangover and drawn out withdrawal symptoms. In my mind, I concluded that this song is nothing but an unclean music that can corrupt a righteous soul. And I was just about to skip over it, when my curiosity got the better of me. So, I decided to check it out.

Tell you what? The song got me. There is something about Jerusalema that simply wants you to pay attention. It isn’t the rhythm; it is the typical African beat and nothing unique about it. Definitely not the lyrics; they are quite simple. Honestly, I can’t put my finger on it, but this song touched me somehow. As I contemplated on my weird fascination with this song, I was reminded of Peter’s visit to the house of Cornelius, a Roman Officer, an event described in Acts 10.

Cornelius had a terrible dream that frightened him. In the dream, an angel had appeared to him and asked him to send for Peter in Joppa. As Cornelius’ servants were on the way, Peter, who was praying, went into a trance.

“He saw the sky open, and something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners. In the sheet were all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds. Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.” “No, Lord,” Peter declared. “I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean.” But the voice spoke again: “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.” The same vision was repeated three times. Then the sheet was suddenly pulled up to heaven. (Acts 10:11-16).

As Christians, we are quick to judge a book by its cover. Rushing to condemn as unclean anything that doesn’t fit our mode of worship is what we do. Ultimately, though, what is clean and not clean is for the LORD to judge. The God who is able through stones "to raise up children for Abraham” is more than able to use anything and anyone to bring about His will and purpose on earth. He certainly brought a cheer to my downcast soul through this song, Jerusalema.

I pray He does the same for you as well as you listen to the song.

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Lyrics “Jerusalema” by MC KG Featuring Nomcebo Zikode

Jerusalema ikhaya lami (Jerusalem is my home)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Uhambe nami (Walk with me)
Zungangishiyi lana (Do not leave me here)
Jerusalema ikhaya lami (Jerusalem is my home)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Uhambe nami (Walk with me)
Zungangishiyi lana (Do not leave me here)

Ndawo yami ayikho lana (My place is not here)
Mbuso wami awukho lana (My kingdom is not here)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Zuhambe nami (Walk with me)
Ndawo yami ayikho lana (My place is not here)
Mbuso wami awukho lana (My kingdom is not here)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Zuhambe nami (Walk with me)

Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Zungangishiyi lana (Do not leave me here)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Zungangishiyi lana (Do not leave me here)

Ndawo yami ayikho lana (My place is not here)
Mbuso wami awukho lana (My kingdom is not here)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Zuhambe nami (Walk with me)
Ndawo yami ayikho lana (My place is not here)
Mbuso wami awukho lana (My kingdom is not here)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Zuhambe nami (Walk with me)

Jerusalema ikhaya lami (Jerusalem is my home)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Uhambe nami (Walk with me)
Zungangishiyi lana (Do not leave me here)
Jerusalema ikhaya lami (Jerusalem is my home)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Uhambe nami (Walk with me)
Zungangishiyi lana (Do not leave me here)

Ndawo yami ayikho lana (My place is not here)
Mbuso wami awukho lana (My kingdom is not here)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Zuhambe nami (Walk with me)
Ndawo yami ayikho lana (My place is not here)
Mbuso wami awukho lana (My kingdom is not here)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Zuhambe nami (Walk with me)

Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Zungangishiyi lana (Do not leave me here)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Zungangishiyi lana (Do not leave me here)

Jerusalema ikhaya lami (Jerusalem is my home)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Uhambe nami (Walk with me)
Zungangishiyi lana (Do not leave me here)
Jerusalema ikhaya lami (Jerusalem is my home)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Uhambe nami (Walk with me)
Zungangishiyi lana (Do not leave me here)

Ndawo yami ayikho lana (My place is not here)
Mbuso wami awukho lana (My kingdom is not here)
Ngilondoloze (Guard me)
Zuhambe nami (Walk with me)
Ndawo yami ayikho lana (My place is not here)
Mbuso wami awukho lana (My kingdom is not here)
Ngilondoloze(Guard me)
Zuhambe nami(Walk with me)

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