Sing!

Sing joyfullly to the Lord, all you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
(Psalm 33:1)

When I first became a Christian, I tried really hard to like Christian music. I bought Christian CDs, listened to Christian radio stations, went to Christian concerts and even tried writing some Christian songs myself. What I found, though, was that for some reason approximately 99.3% of Christian music (and 100% of the songs I wrote) gave me gastrointestinal difficulty.

Over the years, I’ve managed to overcome my musical snobbery enough to discover several Christian-y songs that don’t upset my delicate musical sensibilities. So, without further ado, here are my . . .

ALL-TIME-TOP-TEN-DESERT-ISLAND-TURN-‘EM-UP-TO-ELEVEN SONGS

1.   Get Down by Audio Adrenaline
2.   40 (Live) by U2
3.   It Is You by Newsboys
4.   Amazing Grace (Live) by Tree63
5.   Every Grain of Sand by Bob Dylan
6.   Blood of Jesus by Rock ‘n Roll Worship Circus
7.   I Need More Love by Robert Randolph
8.   Super Good Feeling by Bleach
9.   Life is Good (Eternal Life is Better) by Stellar Kart
10. In the Sun by Michael Stipe and Chris Martin

On the way to work the other day, I was singing along rather loudly (and badly) to Song #1 on the list. I love the lyrics:

GET DOWN
(By Audio Adrenaline)

Lavishly our lives are wasted
Humbleness is left untasted
You can’t live your life to please yourself
That’s a tip from my mistakes
Exactly what it doesn’t take
To win you gotta come in last place
To live your life you’ve got to lose it
And all the losers get a crown

(Chorus)
I get down, He lifts me up
I get down, He lifts me up
I get down, He lifts me up
I get down

All I need’s another day
Where I can’t seem to get away
From the many things that drag me down
I’m sure you’ve had a day like me
Where nothing seems to set you free
From burdens you can’t carry all alone
In your weakness He is stronger
In the darkness He shines through
When you’re crying He’s your comfort
When you’re all alone He’s carrying you

(Chorus)

This valley is so deep
I can barely see the sun
I cry out for mercy Lord
And you lift me up again

(Chorus)

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