Thunder on the mountain, fires on the moon
There's a ruckus in the alley and the sun will be here soon
Today's the day, gonna grab my trombone and blow
Well, there's hot stuff here and it's everywhere I go

Thunder on the mountain, rolling like a drum
Gonna sleep over there, that's where the music coming from
I don't need any guide, I already know the way
Remember this, I'm your servant both night and day

Thunder on the mountain rolling to the ground
Gonna get up in the morning walk the hard road down
Some sweet day I'll stand beside my king
I wouldn't betray your love or any other thing


Thunder On The Mountain

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When seeing the whole song, there is something about that thunder. It stirs things up in many ways. There is obviously a power from the thunder on the mountain.

Biblically speaking, the thunderous mountain was where the holy Laws of God were given. Those Laws stir things up, too. They can unsettle a soul. They condemn those who are not holy. They create a desire for escape and self-justification. They actually stir up rebellious sin because human hearts fight it. In fact, the power of sin is not lust or greed or the devil. The power of sin is the Law itself.
Still, he has a confidence that though life is hard, he knows where he is going. Think very carefully about those last two lines above from the song. A time is coming in his future that will be sweet, not marked by the ravages of lawlessness in the least. It is not a place of human achievement that will make it sweet. That is too obvious in the song. And it is not before some very imperfect potentate of earth, because Bob does not see one here. He does not even allude to one here. The King he will stand beside will be the Lord Jesus his Messiah.

Christ in his love accomplished what the Law could not in his death on the cross, which paid the penalty for our lawlessness so we could be reconciled to God. There is no greater love from God. Christ was bodily raised from death because the work he finished on the cross was completely sufficient for us, so death could no longer keep him down. His love conquered death for us, too. His death and resurrection brought the promise of forgiveness before God, which the Law could not do. His love brought the promise of eternal life in heaven and our own resurrected eternal bodies on the sweet day that's coming. This is the Good News of freedom that the Law could not provide. Many prefer to try justification or perfection by the Law, which will never happen, so it's a hard road to travel when you have such a loving and liberating message to the contrary.

The very presence of this King is the only person and place of sweetness so at odds with much of what the song is saying elsewhere. It is a place out of this world. Bob knows that this certain expectation and living hope is solely a gift of love, not Law, and so he in no way would betray such a loving expectation for anything. There is no way he would betray such love of his King, nor would he want to betray any other thing or person because of that love. What else could those last four lines above from the song be saying? Be careful not to go outside the word's clear, intended meaning.
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THE RECORD

All the people were seeing  the thundering and the lightning, and heard the sound of the horn, and saw the mountain smoking – and when  the people saw it they trembled with fear and kept their distance.

Exodus 20:18


If anyone wants to serve me, he must follow me, and where I am, my servant will be, too. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

John 12:26


Jesus replied, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

John 14:6


For when we were in the flesh, the sinful desires, aroused by the law, were active in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. But now we have been released from the law, because we have died to what controlled us, so that we may serve in the new life of the Spirit and not under the old written code. What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! Certainly, I would not have known sin except through the law. For indeed I would not have known what it means to desire something belonging to someone else if the law had not said, “Do not covet.” But sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of wrong desires. For apart from the law, sin is dead. And I was once alive apart from the law, but with the coming of the commandment sin became alive and I died. So I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life brought death! For sin, seizing the opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it I died. So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous, and good. Did that which is good, then, become death to me? Absolutely not! But sin, so that it would be shown to be sin, produced death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment sin would become utterly sinful.

Romans 7:5-13


Now when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will happen,
Death has been swallowed up in victory.
Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

I Corinthians 15:54-56


For you have not come to something that can be touched, to a burning fire and darkness and gloom and a whirlwind and the blast of a trumpet and a voice uttering words such that those who heard begged to hear no more. For they could not bear what was commanded: If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned.” In fact, the scene was so terrifying that Moses said, I shudder with fear.” But you have come to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, to the assembly and congregation of the firstborn, who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous, who have been made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks of something better than Abel’s does.

Hebrews 12:18-24


I will grant the one who conquers permission to sit with me on my throne, just as I too conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Revelation 3:21-22


He has a name written on his clothing and on his thigh: “King of kings and Lord of lords.”

Revelation 19:16

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