Watercolour and pencil illustration by Kirsten Rossiter
When I wrote this song, I really felt the love that Jesus has for Africa. He looks at her, and sees beauty beyond words. He is in awe of her, and is lifting her up out of the ashes of her past, and holding her in the palm of His hand for the whole world to see her beauty and her brightness.
He knows her pain, He cried with her… He has compassion with those who mourn. But the hour of her rejoicing and restoration is at hand. He is shining His light upon her, and her time of weeping is over.
Even though this song is written for Africa, I feel very strongly, that it is a healing song for all the nations that have been downtrodden by domineering leaders/systems and have suffered abuse, oppression, corruption and poverty. God is lifting the humble out of the dust, and He is restoring and blessing those who trust in Him. The nations who cling to Him, will be shining like the sun in the darkness that surrounds them.
May this song touch your heart, and bring healing to the wounds of your past, and may you know how deeply and completely you are loved.
African Bride Lyrics (© Kirsten Rossiter 2016)
African Bride, you take My breath away.
African Bride, you’re My showpiece for this time.
Who could have guessed,
The humblest amongst the rest,
Is the diamond of great price,
Shining brightly in my eyes?
I have felt your tears down My cheeks,
I have heard your cry in My voice.
No matter how they’ve tried
To crush your very soul within.
You are more than that, My love,
So much more than that, My fair one,
No more weeping nights,
The dawn has come.
For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
The Lord lifts up the humble; he casts the wicked to the ground.
You number my wanderings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in Your book?
Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and the gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon you, and His glory shall be seen upon you.