Shalom [a multilingual worship song for Clarkston and beyond]

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Every year, the Clarkston Area Ministry Association, which Proskuneo helps to coordinate, dedicates one week to 24-7 prayer. This year, the theme is Jeremiah 29:7. The NET Bible says: “Work to see that the city where I sent you as exiles enjoys peace and prosperity. Pray to the LORD for it. For as it prospers you will prosper.”

Our city is Clarkston, GA, a town where refugees from all over the world have been resettled. For many of my friends, this town was not something they chose. But, they are here now, and I am so glad. We are a beautifully diverse city, which I love! There are 60+ languages spoken in a 1.5 mile radius.

As I was meditating on Jeremiah 29:7, a song started bubbling inside me. I reached out to my Clarkston  friends to help me with translations of the word “peace” in various different languages of Clarkston- like Somali, Nepali, English, and Arabic which are in the song. (I got the word “peace” in several Burmese languages as well, and I may insert some of those when I sing the song…)

Tonight, I will lead this song at the opening service for our prayer week. Please join us in praying for God’s peace to come to Clarkston, and to the city where you live as well.

Shalom [PDF of lyrics and chords]

5 thoughts on “Shalom [a multilingual worship song for Clarkston and beyond]

  1. Enjoy this song and blessed by the song and the inspiring thoughts behind it. Great work, Josh! By the way, would you mind sharing the beautiful lyrics you wrote?:)

    1. SHALOM
      Words & Music by Josh Davis
      (c) 2017 Proskuneo Ministries [www.proskuneo.org]
      VERSE 1:
      gm Eb dm F
      Let your Kingdom come to our streets, to our sidewalks
      gm Eb Bb dm
      Let your will be done in our pride, in our shame
      gm Eb dm F
      Let your Kingdom come to our homes, to our families
      gm Eb Bb F
      Let your will be done for the sake of your name.

      PRE-CHORUS:
      cm gm
      In all our violence and our fears
      cm Eb
      Jesus, we need Your presence here.

      CHORUS:
      gm Eb Bb F
      Amaan Shanti… You are Lord of Lords and Prince of Peace
      gm Eb Bb F gm
      Shalom, Salaam… Let Your peace, oh Christ, rule our land.

      VERSE 2:
      gm Eb dm F
      Let your glory fall in our bars, in our classrooms
      gm Eb Bb dm
      Let your justice rise in our courts, in our parks
      gm Eb dm F
      Let your glory fall in your church and in our churches
      gm Eb Bb F
      Let your justice rise in our welcoming hearts.

      PRE-CHORUS:
      cm gm
      In all our struggles and our tears
      cm Eb
      Jesus, we need Your presence here.

      Eb cm7 gm
      We seek your Shalom, we seek your Shalom here
      Eb cm7 Bb (F)
      We find our Shalom, we find our Shalom here

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