Christian Music Thread

John777

 
Banned
Protestant


I used to enjoy this a lot. Now it seems to me this song seems is celebrating unrepentance ("Oh Lord, I never did no harm, never did anybody no wrong, I only wanted to have some fun..." etc.)

The oldest version I can find is by Blind Willie Johnson, and it has the same problem.

To me personally, the Bob Dylan version is the best, since it's more a humble cry out to God and asking Jesus for help.
 

John777

 
Banned
Protestant


They ask me how I feel
And if my love is real
And how I know I'll make it through

And they, they look at me and frown,
They'd like to drive me from this town,
They don't want me around
'Cause I believe in you

They show me to the door,
They say don't come back no more
'Cause I don't be like they'd like me to,

And I walk out on my own
A thousand miles from home
But I don't feel alone
'Cause I believe in you

I believe in you even through the tears and the laughter,
I believe in you even though we be apart
I believe in you even on the morning after

Oh, when the dawn is nearing
Oh, when the night is disappearing
Oh, this feeling is still here in my heart

Don't let me drift too far,
Keep me where you are
Where I will always be renewed

And that which you've given me today
Is worth more than I could pay

And no matter what they say
I believe in you

I believe in you when winter turn to summer,
I believe in you when white turn to black,
I believe in you even though I be outnumbered

Oh, though the earth may shake me
Oh, though my friends forsake me
Oh, even that couldn't make me go back

Don't let me change my heart,
Keep me set apart
From all the plans they do pursue

And I, I don't mind the pain
Don't mind the driving rain
I know I will sustain
'Cause I believe in you
 

John777

 
Banned
Protestant


In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need
When the pool of tears beneath my feet flood every newborn seed

There's a dying voice within me reaching out somewhere
Toiling in the danger and in the morals of despair

Don't have the inclination to look back on any mistake
Like Cain, I behold this chain of events that I must break

In the fury of the moment, I can see the master's hand
In every leaf that trembles, in every grain of sand



Oh, the flowers of indulgence and the weeds of yesteryear
Like criminals, they have choked the breath of conscience and good cheer

And the sun beat down upon the steps of time to light the way
To ease the pain of idleness and the memory of decay

I gaze into the doorway of temptation's angry flame
And every time I pass that way I always hear my name

Then onward in my journey, I come to understand
That every hair is numbered like every grain of sand



I have gone from rags to riches in the sorrow of the night
In the violence of a summer's dream, in the chill of a wintery light

In the bitter dance of loneliness fading into space
In the broken mirror of innocence on each forgotten face

I hear the ancient footsteps like the motion of the sea
Sometimes I turn, there's someone there, at times it's only me

I'm hanging in the balance of a perfect finished plan
Like every sparrow falling, like every grain of sand
 

John777

 
Banned
Protestant
Don't know what to make of this one from 2015. Beautiful performance, after many years on the "Never Ending Tour" which began in the late 80s. Bob is still clearly in top shape. These lyrics, to me, show a God-loving man in deep despair like Job or David. Looking at Bob in the performance, he doesn't look like someone abandoned to hell. And, his music doesn't sound that way either. It sounds like it's full of the saved soul of a man of God. However in the lyrics which I posted below, there is nothing explicitly about God, and they even seem kind of despairing and hopeless, and without enough faith in God's providence.

I'm posting it in this thread because as I've said, I think it's clear Bob Dylan is a Christian and remains one.

If anyone enjoys Bob Dylan lyrics like I do and can shed more light than I can on these, it would be great.



Shadows are fallin' and I've been here all day
It's too hot to sleep and time is runnin' away

Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I've still got the scars that the sun didn't heal

There's not even room enough to be anywhere
It's not dark yet but it's gettin' there

Well, my sense of humanity has gone down the drain
Behind every beautiful thing there's been some kind of pain

She wrote me a letter and she wrote it so kind
She put down in writin' what was in her mind

I just don't see why I should even care
It's not dark yet but it's gettin' there


Well, I've been to London and I been to gay Paris
I've followed the river and I got to the sea
I've been down on the bottom of the world full of lies
I ain't lookin' for nothin' in anyone's eyes

Sometimes my burden is more than I can bear
It's not dark yet but it's gettin' there

I was born here and I'll die here against my will
I know it looks like I'm movin' but I'm standin' still

Every nerve in my body is so naked and numb
I can't even remember what it was I came here to get away from

Don't even hear the murmur of a prayer
It's not dark yet but it's gettin' there
 

John777

 
Banned
Protestant
Regarding Dylan's early life. This is why I do not believe in speaking against Jews. They are the original vine brought out of Egypt. And when a Jew finds the Word of God and it comes home with power, there is a level of energy released in that event that has to be respected on a level of its own.

Just read this thread

Also Revelation 3:9
"Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you."

What I posted a few days ago was ignorant. Things make a lot more sense now, and I get it, of course we have to speak out against this evil.
 

John777

 
Banned
Protestant
Another great one from Bob Dylan, my favorite true Jew, next to The Lord Jesus.



You have given everything to me
What can I do for you?

You have given me eyes to see
What can I do for you?

Pulled me out of bondage and you made me renewed inside
Filled up a hunger that had always been denied
Opened up a door no man can shut and you opened it up so wide
And you've chosen me to be among the few
What can I do for you?

You have laid down your life for me
What can I do for you?

You have explained every mystery
What can I do for you?

Soon as a man is born, you know the sparks begin to fly
He gets wise in his own eyes and he's made to believe a lie
Who would deliver him from the death he's bound to die
Well, you've done it all and there's no more anyone can pretend to do
What can I do for you?

You have given all there is to give
What can I give to you?

You have given me life to live
How can I live for you?

I know all about poison, I know all about fiery darts
I don't care how rough the road is, show me where it starts
Whatever pleases you, tell it to my heart
Well, I don't deserve it but I sure did make it through
What can I do for you?
 

Tardynox

Sparrow
Orthodox Inquirer


This got recommended to me a few minutes ago on YouTube, dunno if this is hillsong tier stuff when it comes to the message but I guess still worth posting. Seems pretty nice though from a quick listen.
 

Gordon

Chicken
Orthodox Inquirer
Was a fan of black sabbath/metal before I realized what I was really listening to. Around that time I discovered the band Theocracy and found 1 song I really liked. It's called "I am"

Pretty unique, great instruments & lyrics. The singers voice is not my taste but I think he does a great job in this song. I listen to it every once in a while. If you like or have liked metal in the past I think you'd enjoy it.

I have a Youtube playlist of songs I sometimes go to sleep to. Some of my favorites are
"Blessed are you O Lord teach me Thy statutes" - Byzantine chant
"My sinful soul" - Russian choir in church
"Let my prayer arise" -Russian orthodox chant
"Mystical Christian Jesus Prayer" - English/Russian/Latin versions, 2 hrs loop - all by Patrick Lenk
50th Psalm chant of Georgian priest in Aramaic
Bulgarian Megaloschemos Orthodox hymns
 

SebastianReal

Pigeon
Catholic
Recently, while I have been doing work, I have been listening to a 3-hour long mix of Gregorian chants and chamber choir hymns. I have found it very helpful towards my productivity and wellbeing:
 
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