Friday, February 4, 2011

music & lyrics: the Job song (as in, Job from the Biblical narrative)

*Some friends have suggested more music on the blog, so here's to that request.

While reading through my ten daily chapters today, rotating through various books, one of those is Job. So every day, I get to read a chapter of Job, which means lots of "Cursed be the day I was born!" and "Job, how can you question God? He is just; he only rewards the righteous" and so on and so forth. I really love reading the book of Job.

In fact, this reading is reminding me of a time in college, a "dark night of the soul" as I remember naming it (credits to Richard Foster for that phrase). I felt such a kindred spirit with Job, the back and forth with friends who just kept talking and talking and talking, and after all that, an answer from God... that leaves him with this: "My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you." (Job 42:5)

And so, the Job song was born.

(My eyes drift somewhat ceiling/heavenward at times; sometimes I forget I'm recording and get a little lost. Bear with me.)

(... and the lyrics)

We keep teaching all these rules we know
making up more as we go
and I know all the answers
I've memorized them well
still I'm just so tired, or can you even tell?

These few years have been hard on us
the same old questions over and over again
but I've just kept on praying
in the darkness, on the floor
hoping that you hear me crying, Lord...

'cause my ears have heard
and my mouth has spoken
and I know all the words
still they leave, they leave me broken
but if only I could see you, then maybe I'd believe

Not much changes here from day to day
we'd rather be set in our ways
but I see people dying
people hungry to be loved
when will that be enough?


You made the stars, you made the oceans
you made the mountains, you made me
you make us live, you make us laugh
you make us breathe (3x)

and before my ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen
and Lord, I may not understand
but I believe

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