It’s gaining a lot of attention and it’s clear that many of you want my opinion on it. On June 7, 2020, a cover version was released, which presented 67 people from 16 Arab nations coming together to record "The Blessing", as well as this note: "Many other versions of this blessing are being recorded around the Arab world. It was originally a blessing God instructed Moses to tell Aaron to give to the people of Israel in Numbers 6:24-26. May all who hear this song truly receive a blessing." The song's music video had garnered over 3 million views on YouTube at the time of its release. Brings me tears as well. , – Kari Jobe, on the decision to speedily release the song. But when it comes to gospel or worship or biblical. Copyrights are meant to protect the imaginations of those who work on media, whether that is music, movie, book, or video game. Regarding specifically the question of this song being used in corporate worship – is the command to worship God through “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” exclusively meant for adoration? I’ve been wrestling with this song because I don’t know if it should be classed as a worship song. If we are blessed, we must be a blessing to others and not just to those around us, but to the nations. 2, and No. At different times, it was different parts of the song that would come to mind. I added it and gave you credit.
Jim Bomar: I agree with Stephan Briton, I have teach children & youth for 40 year and have always believed that the message God spoke to Jerusalem in Isaiah 28 means there is some lessons about him that can only be learned through the patient prodding of repetition. I don’t think of it as much for the New Testament Christian, though it is entirely applicable. It is a series of blessings offered to those who listen, containing several elements: Though Elevation Worship spreads these around, it feels like it goes on forever without and end in sight. Tauren Wells) – Echo, https://www.stubhub.com/elevation-worship-tickets/performer/100273774/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1ZjB0UOzOg&list=WL&index=9&t=0s, Elevation Worship (Feat. While browsing the internet to find out which Scripture this song was taken from, I saw your website. In a time of self-loathing, He used a line in one of those cheesy movies to tell me that I don’t understand how much He loves me. The repetition of the phrase “He is for you…” has caused me to understand, with new clarity, what i thought i knew.
Jon – I had the similar thoughts as you; that this is very much like taking Jer 29:11, and thinking that it is meant for us individually. The last part was very hard. Share this with your friends...". I wanted to suggest adding Psalm 103:17-18 as a reference point for “May his blessing be upon you…children’s children”. I appreciate your insights and that you found scriptural basis for the lyrics. Thanks Mike Ha ha! All the blessings contained in this song are either directly quoted from Scripture or inspired by it. This project came about from a vision to see the Body of Christ in Sri Lanka come together in the unity of the Spirit to bring healing and transformation to their country. This blessing was given by the priest Aaron to the “sons of Israel”. I know from personal experience how trials bring about blessing. The song premiered on Red Sea Films’ YouTube channel and featured artists and leaders representing over a dozen different languages and states, spanning the length and breadth of India. Thank you Vince for finding all the related verses; that is a huge help. The song makes it seem like WE can somehow make His face shine upon us. Elevation Worship is not the first, nor are they the last, to copyright something inspired by the Bible. Repeating the refrains, the verses is for emphasis, to reinforce the message. high on emotions and minimal on sound thinking. Cody Carnes & Kari Jobe) didn’t write their song from a open source Greek and Hebrew manuscripts that they translated them self’s. It starts with a quiet blesssing that you want to receive and tten begins to rise in intensity with repetition. I’ve since upgraded the scoring and, as you no doubt noticed, I gave a 10 for that section on this review.
Of course, thank you! Numbers 6:25: The LORD make His face to shine upon you. If you cut out much of its repetition, consider ending your church service with this song. 1. Welcome to The Berean Test and thank you for your comments! This time it moved me. Thank you for your thoughts! And then over more of my extended family. Can you explain how an overall 9.5/10 rating is “condemning a song entirely derived from God’s own book”? Thank you for your testimony! This song is a classic example of well-meaning believers taking scripture out of context and forcing it to apply to the Church. I was also prepared about your frustrations with repetition after being a good girl and following your links to the criteria section. They are there to specifically listen to that artist for entertainment. It was originally a blessing God instructed Moses to tell Aaron to give to the people of Israel in Numbers 6:24-26. We’ll be doing a lot of what we might call repetition in heaven, but it’ll be to the awe provoking majesty of our God and His Christ. May it continue to grow and provide you with God pleasing conversation and connections – as well as a good reason to keep on searching scripture.
For me, the repetition did just that… I struggle from anxiety and this song just kept making its way into my mind and I couldn’t get it out. It is not a prayer, but a proclamation. Chorus. this song is completely a blessing for not just any church but for each individual soul listening to it. I’m listening to it repeatedly. To you all – As a beloved daughter of the King, as God’s image bearer, as a sister in Christ and a part of the body of Christ, I am blessed to be a blessing and I ask God to bless you and keep you, to make His face shine on you & be gracious to you. The instrumentation is as much a part of what is copyrighted as the lyrics, so even if the words themselves are in the public domain, the way they are arranged and the instrumentation is original to that artist. As we all know Songs are one of the easiest way to memorize something, it helps me a lot in memorizing the word of god. At one point they say “as we receive we agree.” I didn’t see that line analyzed. . Thank you for using your hobby to bless others a congratulations on breaking through! Stephen, you have expressed so well what has been going through my mind for months. First thank you for approving my commit – I see your point however how do “they” have the right copyright something that is a quote right from the word of God and a freely given inspiration- the question still stands as ridiculous as you think it is – The song is a gift for Gods people- not to be sold or copyrighted- as you know the gifts and inspiration belong to the one who gave them. In these churches it was custom to end with the Aaronic blessing. Read About the Berean Test and Evaluation Criteria prior to reading this review.
after a conclusion When i listen to it Ill be taking the lyrics and the word directly to my heart. It works well for children too.
No judgment, this is a comment from a believer struggling with this song’s place in worship. I appreciate it!
And a thousand generations Thank you for your comments!
A balance between the two is something for which we must strive. And be gracious to you. Christian artists and married couple Cody Carnes and Kari Jobe also helped pen this recent release. The song is a “Blessing” to all that hear it . Christian music is as much a business as anything else. Wow, what an interesting discussion about the lyrics of a song. The “Blessing be upon your children, and your children’s children to a thousand generations” was very difficult. Be blessed Vince and thank you for letting reply. Cody Carnes & Kari Jobe), Album: Graves Into Gardens (Live) (buy the album). On May 15, 2020, a version was released from Malaysia, which included 120 singers from 80 churches and movements, as they offered their version of "The Blessing" in seven languages: On May 16, 2020, Canadian churches released their version of "The Blessing", noting: "The Church in Canada is beautiful, broad and diverse and it is a nearly impossible task to accurately represent the full breadth of true diversity within the church in Canada from coast to coast to coast. This statement accompanied their release: "This prophetic word has been translated into different Nigerian languages and dialects, yet carrying One Sound.". That God would grant bless us, keep us, show favor towards us, and grant us grace and peace for a thousand generations. I find it bothersome as well, but others who have cited its benefits have a good point also. Nevertheless, I do not believed they were intended for a congregation to say it, or sing it, for that matter. Intense feelings about the words are great, but there’s a danger of overdoing it. And each and every time i listen to it. This also includes poor and unhealthy behaviors and patterns of thinking. Even in the midst of a pandemic such as COVID-19 God still commands blessings over our lives. I didn’t read all the comments, so I apologize if I’m repeating what someone else already said. I admit that my constant criticism over repetition is subjective (although any opinion will be subjective) and it affects the scoring.
After 2 to 3x, it starts to become far too distracting. ", On May 23, 2020, hundreds of singers representing Sweden realized the release of their national version of "The Blessing". “a high score does not necessarily endorse the theology of said artist. The term bless is also used the same way. I might tweak what you said about the “thousand generations”, and re-word it to say that the inclusion of “1000 generations” is to indicate the length of God’s faithfulness (see bullet points below) – it goes on ‘forever’.
But if you keep this song in context, it isn’t for the church… it was for Aaron and the priests (Numbers 6) as a blessing for Israel. I actually have made a play list of only this song to give me 30 minutes of meditative background to my prayers. One final remark, in these days when the drum beat that is “repeated” through the media is “fear inducing”, perhaps we will need words of hope a thousand times to drown them out. But I can almost assure you that Feat. 2. If we are going to accept the Bible we have to assume that all of the bible is relevant. On May 31, 2020, believers in Nigeria, after coming together to sing "The Blessing" over their nation, presented their work online. On August 8, 2020, the Indian cover version of The Blessing was released. It is the government that grants these protections known as “copyright law” to artists, translators, and other individuals. And their children, and their children, May His presence go before you Good review! Thank you for your comment and compliments. I can’t find anyone aside from me struggling with it in my spirit as much as I am. Chris Brown handled the production of the single. On June 5, 2020, the Ghanaian version of "The Blessing" was presented from the West African nation. Worship songs have God as the intended target; this song is clearly a blessing upon the congregation, which is fine, but it’s not directed at God.
We have a tendency to wander off and need to be drawn back by our Good Shepherd. I simply love this song. Thank you for your comment! It seems it only appears in the New Testament at all on the lips of Jesus, in shorthand as he blesses his disciples or says ‘Peace to you’ (e.g.
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