I think we’ve all done it – had that moment where you realize you’ve been singing the wrong words to a song. Maybe it’s a song you’ve known for a long time, or maybe it’s fairly new. Either way, you got the lyrics wrong. And you were sure you knew what you were singing. It’s great when you figure it out on your own. But when someone has to point it out to you, it’s embarrassing right?
I think often we get the words wrong because we haven’t listened intently. We hear a good beat, we bob our heads, tap our feet and maybe even dance along. We sing the words that we hear but are we really hearing the correct words? Is the true meaning of the song clear?
As we sing along to the radio in the car it’s understandable that we might not be fully focused on the words. I can’t help but think that the writers of these songs want us to hear each word and deeply feel the meaning.
For example: Look at these lyrics from Casting Crowns “Just Be Held”
So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world’s not falling apart, its falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held
The song wouldn’t be so powerful without the exact words. They not only paint us a picture but they help us hear just how powerful God is.
Here’s one more example:
Bring your tired
Bring your shame
Bring your guilt
Bring your pain
Don’t you know that’s not your name
You will always be much more to me
Everyday I wrestle with the voices
That keep telling me I’m not right
But that’s alright
Cause I hear a voice and he calls me redeemed
When others say I’ll never be enough
And greater is the One living inside of me
Than he who is living in the world
Even if you take just one single line out of either song you’ll see that single line is powerful. “Don’t you know that’s not your name” So powerful! Each song has a message. Each set of lyrics has a lesson. I want to encourage you to really listen to the words. Seek out the lesson that is in the lyrics. Yes it’s funny when we mess up a line or word as we sing along, but I hope you hear the message within those words. I hope we all can hear each word and the power within each song.