Congregational Songs

Greg Scheer
greg@gregscheer.com

Crossing the Jordan

words and music by Greg Scheer
text inspired by Numbers 16:13 (v.1)
John 1:19-34 and 2 Kings 5 (v.2)
Deuteronomy 12:10; 9:1-6, Joshua 3-4 (v.3)
copyright 1998
CCLI#2777333

Sometimes we get caught in a wilderness between Egypt and the Promised Land--and we can't enjoy the pleasures of either. This bluegrass-tinged song uses the Jordan River as a metaphor for the final crossing we must make before entering into the fullness of life in Jesus.

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1. I've been in a desert where no pools of water gather in my soul.
I'm tired of wandering and wondering where I'm going.
There's a land of milk and honey; they say it lies on Jordan's other side.
But right now I am caught between that dream and the life I left behind.

And now I'm dreaming of Jordan; I need a place to rest my soul.
Right now I'm dreaming of Jordan; someday I'm gonna reach that goal.
And now I'm dreaming of Jordan; dreaming of Jordan; dreaming of Jordan.

2. Like a voice calling in the wilderness I'm looking for the highway to the Lord.
I'll drop the baggage I've been carrying and set off down that road (with a lighter load.)
Like Naaman bathing seven times I've got to take a dive and cleanse my soul.
Like John the Baptist washing sins; Oh, Jesus come make me whole.

I'm going down to the Jordan; Jesus please take away my sins.
I'm going down to the Jordan; take me to the river Íand throw me in.
I'm going down to the Jordan; down to the Jordan; down to the Jordan.

3. There's a place prepared for me; a place of peace where finally I'll rest.
His love will be everything; I'll leave Egypt and the wilderness (in the past.)
But first I've got to conquer all the giants that would keep me from that land.
I'm gonna walk through the water, trusting in His almighty hand.

And now I'm crossing the Jordan; I'll take the promised land off to the West.
Now I'm crossing the Jordan; into the land that's full of Jesus' peace and rest.
And now I'm crossing the Jordan; crossing the Jordan; crossing the Jordan.