With this sermon I reached my homiletic goal of utilizing the work of Bruce Springsteen. I have been a huge fan of the Boss since I was sixteen years old, having had the chance to see him live twice. Even though I don’t write poetry or lyric, I’ve no doubt that Springsteen has been a literary influence on me. His ability to tell stories with wonderfully crafted words is enchanting and adventurous.
So as I was studying Haggai 2:1-9, I was overjoyed to make the connection between God’s Word in this text with Springsteen’s song, “Glory Days.” I’ve got the music video of the song below followed by Haggai 2:1-9 and then the sermon audio itself.
I’ll also add that this sermon was a particular delight for me, a delight to create and a delight to preach. I’m not sure I ever experienced so much joy and freedom in preaching a message. Everything just seemed to click for me. Hopefully, it proved equally helpful and encouraging to everyone who listened.
Haggai 2:1-9 (ESV)
In the seventh month, on the twenty-first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet: 2 “Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to all the remnant of the people, and say, 3 ‘Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How do you see it now? Is it not as nothing in your eyes? 4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, declares the Lord. Be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land, declares the Lord. Work, for I am with you, declares the Lord of hosts,5 according to the covenant that I made with you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not. 6 For thus says the Lord of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. 7 And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts. 8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts. 9 The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the Lord of hosts.’”