God has always been a fan of fire. All throughout the scriptures it has consistently been one of the main ways He chooses to reveal Himself. As Psalm 104:4 says it, ” He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants.” It’s a tool used by the King to make His presence known; to demonstrate His power. Whether it’s with Moses and the burning bush, Shadrach Meshach and Abednego, or Elijah on Mt. Carmel….there is just something about fire.
We also see fire deeply connected to the idea of refining and atonement. In the old testament it plays a huge role in the process of sacrifice and sanctification. Be it a praise offering or a guilt offering, fire is always present. This idea is woven all the way through the New Testament as well. Jesus, the Christ, our eternal sacrifice, He calls us to the fire. John speaks of it when he says “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (Luke 3:16 NIV)
The song Calling On Fire is a belief in this unmatchable power. It’s an intentional act of surrender, a song of relinquishing control. Most of all, it’s a prayer. A plea for refining. A prayer for God to burn away our ever wandering hearts. A prayer for His power to consume us. May His presence refine us. God make us more like you. We’re calling on fire.
“I’ve failed You a thousand times,
still You’re faithful. Teach me to fix my eyes on You.
Burn away my ever wandering heart.
Lift me out from the ashes. Keep me where You are.
We’re calling on fire God
Come set our hearts ablaze.”