After 45 years of sometimes heartbreaking ministry mixed with lots of joy am coming out of a very depressed time away from ministry. God isnt really concerned if our theology is correct. Satan is always 90% right and 10% wrong think about the deception of Eve in the garden. Then it hit me: TastyWallet. Ive been fascinated by this song since the first time I heard it. The name TastyWallet is something I came up with several years ago. Can you explain how an overall 9.5/10 rating is condemning a song entirely derived from Gods own book? I would put forward that it makes a difference what is being repeated. Psalm 31:16 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake. Chris Brown) - Mercy, https://www.christianity.com/wiki/god/what-does-it-mean-in-the-bible-that-god-remembered.html, https://www.thebereantest.com/criteria-for-evaluating-christian-music, https://www.stubhub.com/elevation-worship-tickets/performer/100273774/, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1ZjB0UOzOg&list=WL&index=9&t=0s, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick%27s_Breastplate, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ji5mwWVHMk, https://www.gotquestions.org/rain-just-unjust.html, Elevation Worship (Feat. This song is a classic example of well-meaning believers taking scripture out of context and forcing it to apply to the Church. Its our individuality and willingness to be ourselves, as God made us, that creates the mosaic of the corporate church. And he said, God be gracious unto thee, my son. Cody Carnes & Kari Jobe) didnt write their song from a open source Greek and Hebrew manuscripts that they translated them selfs. I cant think of anything negative about the YouTube videos featured from all around the world. Job 22:28 Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. I agree its not a song that worships God. You can just see the excitement in her as she sings. I hope its supporting you well for your time and if not Im sure God will fix the tab on the other side . Luke praised them for their doctrinal integrity, not for being sensitive to the feelings of unbelievers. SO THEY DO & 15 years down the line they have learned how to jump up and down in false idolatry worship & writhe uncontrollable on the floor under the kundalini spirit, with a watered down version of Gods Word devoid of any saving power, heading straight to hell ON YOUR SAY SO ! I especially loved Roberts heart in grieving about greed. Romans 2:4 (KJV) tells us that Gods goodness leads us to repentance. They are meant to be outwardly focused on Him and though the Bible is filled with promises and blessings for us I feel worship should be reserved to worship Him and show our reverence for Him. The song is a Blessing to all that hear it . Its gaining a lot of attention and its clear that many of you want my opinion on it. If you Google the blessing critiquehis is one of the first pages that come up. A primitive root; properly, to mark (so as to be recognized), i.e. Psalm 136 His love endures forever, repeats at the end of each verse, twenty-six verses, twenty-six times. its also impossible to know precisely what it will be like for me when I get there; However, I understand that you referenced Revelation 4:8 with your commentary, that the four living creatures and elders state the same statement, over and over again, day and night. Rather, it seems like a secret agenda of hoping Hell give us what we want (hindering on the prosperity gospel here). I guess Holy Holy Holy could be cited as repetitious too? BEFORE READING & SORRY FOR MY THESIS . In spite of that, is it Biblically to ask Him to remember? And no shortage of accounts of people talking to me about some hardship they were enduring that day, but enduring it with a sense of the Lord being with them well, it helped to affirm the power of prayer. I dont think the timing was an accident. For example, the book of Romans was for the Christians in Rome exclusively, thus it is not for modern day Christians and the books of Luke and Acts are for Theophilus, not for modern Christians, etc. God is for lost people, he is so for them that he sent his only son so that they might believe and have eternal life.  But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. Im pro blessing, and its absolutely biblical, but its not a worship song in nature. ASK YOURSELF IF SATAN PHYSICALLY IS STANDING IN FRONT OF YOU, PITCHING SELLING ETERNAL DEATH, WITH 99.9% OF TEMPORILY FUN CANDY ARE YOU ONE OF THEM WHO WILL ACCEPT IT ? He gives the blessing of rain to the just and the unjust alike. And now the song is just on repeat.I picked up my church directory and sang along over each one listed there. To you all As a beloved daughter of the King, as Gods 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. What do we use listening & informal participation within Christian songs/performances for?, as PART of worship right. 3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Prayer For God's Favor Dear Jesus Christ, As I come to you in prayer, I ask that you might look upon me with favor.  Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. Within the context of the whole Word of God we know what it means to follow God and to dwell in His house but if we stick to Psalm 23 only and alone, these concepts are not explained. He has been, is, and will always be more powerful than our sin. The current generation is emotionally starved in history. A sacrifice is a sacrifice it is the opposite of self blessing so Im opposed. I would add one thing: Under the new covenant, we, the church, are a holy priesthood (1 Peter 2:4-10). I urge you, during the repeats, to change it to first person. Your answer is essentially no, they wont interpret it that way. To the Pastor that says he doesnt think his congregation should sing the blessing, this is my simple response, the best way to remember scripture is to sing it as a song. Isaiah 62:6-7 reminds us, I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. I mentioned the where-from & here my dear Christian already chewing on a bit of meat, is where you should not mislead the ones yet drinking milk into perdition. a high score does not necessarily endorse the theology of said artist. The epistle of 1 Peter is addressed to "pilgrims" ( 1 Peter 1:1 )Christians who had been called out of the world to be set apart as God's special . So the music rises in intensity to help bring that understanding from our heads to our hearts which brings deeper faith to our struggling minds. Oh my goodness. So, I caved. But then I listened to the song again, and I sang along, in a sense praying the blessing over my family (perhaps encouraged by the reminder of His favor to a thousand a generations of those who love Him). Absolutely NOT!!! All those critique do count & the closer they can be to STRICT Christian applicable principles, Doctrinal correctness & Holiness, the better Id say; dont you think? All my research points to this line added in the UK version. At the end of the year, I expect it to be the most covered of any in a long time, maybe ever. The Exod 20:6 and other refs are equally reserved not only for Gods people Israel, but conditional on them loving him, keeping his commands, etc. And yes, Im especially referring to these places churning out thousands of contemporary, shallow, often nonsensical Christian songs, mainly for or partly for other reasons than truly caring for where those consuming it, ends up! Proverbs 3:1-4 - My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: (Read More.) I like the repetition because its like when we say Thank you Jesus or Worthy are you Lord over and over to praise God. I dont think so, not any more than I believe the purity, sacrificial, food and drink, or cultural laws apply to us. That says it all. Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for the offices thereof. To remember; by implication, to mention; also (as denominative from zakar) to be male X burn (incense), X earnestly, be male, (make) mention (of), be mindful, recount, record(-er), remember, make to be remembered, bring (call, come, keep, put) to (in) remembrance, X still, think on, X well. He gave us His only begotten Son to die on the cross for our sins so that we dont perish and for us to have everlasting life with Him in Heaven. O LORD, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me, and revenge me of my persecutors; take me not away in thy longsuffering: know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke. Its not just about prosperity. In your weeping and you rejoicing. In your coming, and your going Strength to Live for God: An Example of God's Favor. It inspires unity and adds another language to break the repetition. T-shirts, posters, stickers, home decor, and more, designed and sold by independent artists around the world. May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Grain of salt aside, I am glad to help with Scripture passages! this song is completely a blessing for not just any church but for each individual soul listening to it. E. face toward you. Today, they are raising a family with Christ at its center, not something that would ever have been likely given their own upbringing. Since the lyrics of this song are direct quotes from scripture, and scripture is infallible, I dont believe this principle can apply, even if an unbeliever is confused. I First check it whether it is completely biblical or not. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Like God's grace.His favor is also unmerited. I suppose Elevation Worship could ask for donations rather than selling their music. Ive been asked by several folks from our church, When are we singing The Blessing?, and I have told them that I was thinking about it. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. And a thousand generations Songs that are emotional like this one, produced by these outfits, only escalate the problem (looking at the comments some may disagree and that is OK by me) There is a lot of GREAT contemporary christian music out there.. Getty music, City Alight, Sovereign Grace etc.. For people who suffer from depression, PTSD, anxiety, negative self-talk, repetition of good and positive things is often the only way to recovery, because of how potent and incessant the unhealthy thought patterns are. 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. So I have had a hard time with this song from the beginning. Praise ( songs about or to God most of the time the word you is withheld in these songs) 2. 04/20/2021 After prayerfully considering Dons comments, I decided to update section 3 based on his direction. Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? (e.g. And their children and their children. It is elevating Him not blessing us worship is not for my or any believers blessing! Thanks again for you reply and you are right this issue/subject transcends this songs, our Bible is not copyrighted however the translations are and the very songs we sing together on Sunday morning are copyrighted as well- Im also well aware you already know this from reading your reply. Chewing over, poring over, considering again and again, pondering upon the Word of God. Heres the essence of my concern about the message, copied from my plea to the producers: in its present form the message quite unintentionally I am sure dangerously misleads the lost as to their spiritual standing before a holy God by insisting and repeating, without qualification, He is for you., Of course Godloves all people (Psalm 145:9), Jesus came to save sinners, not condemn, we all agree on that, but is his message to lost sinners one of affirmation only?. 1. Is this different from passing the peace, which I consider another time stealer, especially when this action is done before the confession, as is the situation in many protestant churches, which no longer have a prayer of confession. Hi, I am new to your sight, and I first would like to say thank you for doing this work. I have really really struggled with this song. Hello! Of course not! That should have been obvious to me but my mind didnt readily make that linkage. ). . Sad that there are websites, blogs, and YouTube channels devoted to being critical of others for their expression of worship. Let's peek into the the definition of humble. Mantras and meditations become means of healing and recovery what is better to hear on repeat, that you are a worthless, hopeless piece of garbage, or that in all things God is for you, with you, and within you? It is of note that most people dont sing with and many are uncomfortable with it. He knit you together, knowing you before you were born, His masterpiece. . Theres no reason to think that the artist says that the LORD does it, then shifts to man shining Gods face to you, then again to God. He is faithful, to the thousandth generation (i.e. But, youve made a case for why that shouldnt exist when we evaluate songs. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. If scripture teaches anything good in the NT, it is that others (in worships case God) are the focus and not self. But how readily we all stand first in line with thinking we are the special one God favours in doling out Blessed measures of such a great Spirit Of Discernment. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace. God is extremely concerned with our Theology. It is necessary to make this distinction so that lost people are not given false assurance of being a Christian and having eternal hope. Worships direction is upward toward God and God alone. . Matthew 5:43-46 (KJV) specifically says that God blesses the unbeliever and that we should do the same. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. Worship ( talking to God the word you is commonly used) 3. Contextually, it ends the Chorus, stating that Elevation Worship receives and agrees with the blessing. It brings glory to God by invoking a Biblically accurate blessing to those who hear it. I appreciate your insights and that you found scriptural basis for the lyrics. Psalm 138:6; Proverbs 3:34; Proverbs 29:23; Matthew 23:12; Luke 1:52; James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5.). To reiterate, I believe that its a song that could be used in place of the usual blessing that ends a service. Genesis 6:8 - But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. The UK version states as its headline: May His favor be upon you And a thousand generations Your family and your children And their children, and their children. I wont be posting anymore But welcome your reply be blessed brother and I love you. This song is beautiful, I cant lie. Thank You God for Your Son!! We dont leave our homes or camps for a week to purify ourselves, nor do we need a priest to call us clean. Also, check out my other Elevation Worship reviews. Its not just the music but sermons as well that talk about all the benefits we have who are IN Christ and many lost people hear these things and think they assume that the words apply to them as well. The purpose of the blessing in the first place was for the Lord to put His name on this group of people. Make His face shine upon you. Either way, its not appropriate for corporate worship. Obedience, faithfulness, perseverance, persecution when necessary. This side of Heaven looking up proclaiming speciality whilst shrouded in sin, Apostleship & even Angelic equivalency as some posted here in example, notwithstanding & ignorantly discarding the impossibilities there-off. or 2) that we should *not be analyzing the music presented to the church / used by Christians at all, because that can *only be done in a way that is judgmental/hypocritical/unrighteous/etcBasically, who are we to question how someone else worships God. 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