Posted by: reformbama | April 16, 2012

Worship Song?

Oh boy, there is a problem out there in church land. I guess I could sum it up as “If it feels good and gives you goose, I mean Holy Spirit Bumps It’s got to be good” Or as it pertains to worship songs if it has a churchy word or two it has to be good. Someone pointed me to a YouTube video of a quartet singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. You know the song Shrek sang.  To sing this in church as a worship song is WRONG. To even think this is a worship song is ridiculous. It shows that their pastor lacks the backbone to tell them it’s wrong or his theology is way outside the strike zone.

Let’s take a look at the lyrics. Just enough churchy words to fool those exposed to outcome based theology. It will take me forever to go line by line and pick this apart. Good thing is, it’s my blog and I don’t have too. I’ve been to all the Cohen experts sites. There are many different opinions as to what each part of the song means. They all agree on the sex part. A worship song should not be hard to figure out what the song means. Nuff said!

“Hallelujah”

I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof  (Um, this is not why David went to the roof)
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

(This next little section is about, ahem, sex)
There was a time when you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Maybe there’s a God above
But all I’ve ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
It’s not a cry you can hear at night
It’s not somebody who has seen the light
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well, really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light in every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Now for the video

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Responses

  1. I agree probably not the best idea but it is not anti-worshipful and could draw one near to God. I wouldn’t use it but there is a great version of this by a band called Ascend the Hill. They use the melodies and the chorus but change the verse lyrics. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0h-6Q_KPPw

  2. If it is not worshipful then it is anti-worshipful. I really don’t see anything in it to draw anyone to God.

    Besides they key is not be drawn to God. God draws them, the elect, to the Son.

  3. They sang THAT song in a CHURCH? We didn’t let our kids watch that song on Shrek because it is outright BLASPHEMY! Really, it never ceases to amaze me how far off most people are in their theology. Wow. Just wow.

  4. I’m sorry but I couldn’t help but chuckle…as you can see in the video there was at least a handful of the older generation in that congregation. I was expecting them not to clap, but when they did, I had this flashback come over me of being in the Baptist church with my grandparents and someone would play anything other than an old hymn, at the end my grandparents would clap, then turn to each other and say “I have no idea what they just said, that music’s too loud.” Anything outside of a organ or piano is still not acceptable in their church. But they would clap to be nice. By the way, I just found your blog and I really enjoy your topics and the fact that you are out for the truth unapologetically. I found your wife’s blog when I used google, I think it was your wife, and she had a link to yours. Keep up the good work.


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