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I wrote this song back in 2001 in commemoration of one young man’s bravery after reading about his story. Here’s the background.

It’s about 3000 years ago and the Israelites are at odds with the Philistines (nothing new there!) and engaged in daily fighting and skirmishes. This particular incident takes place near modern day Mukhmas a few kilometers northeast of Jerusalem in the West Bank.

The King of Israel in those days was Saul and as national leader he should have been setting an example of courage and bravery but instead it’s recorded that “he was sitting under a pomegranate tree” no doubt feeling thoroughly miserable and full of self pity.

However his son Jonathan was of an altogether different spirit. He said to his armour bearer ‘Come on lets go up to the outpost and take them on single handed’ and ‘Perhaps the Lord will act on our behalf for nothing can hinder Him from saving whether by few or by many’. As they ascended the Philistines started chanting “Look the Hebrews have come out of the holes in which they are hiding!” Humanly speaking it looked impossible but Jonathan relied on the God for whom nothing is impossible and through his courage and willingness to step out in faith against all odds they got the victory that day. Read all about it in 1st book of Samuel chapter 14

RUNNING THE GAUNTLET
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Running the gauntlet
Running the gauntlet
Breaking all the rules
Pushing the limit
Pushing the limit
Ain’t nobody’s fool

I’m tired of hiding, being taken for a coward
Let’s take this risk for great is the reward
No more waiting the courage we will find
Let’s get reckless throw caution to the wind

Who knows the outcome, the victory to be gained?
Who has the courage, is not easily afraid?
Desperation has brought us to this place
With few or many, the Lord has power to save

Running the gauntlet
Running the gauntlet
Breaking all the rules
Taking our chances
Taking our chances
Got nothing left to lose

Al