Theologically Singing — Forever (We Sing Hallelujah) by Bethel Music, Kari Jobe 1


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Each Theologically Singing is intended not as criticism, nor as blind faith. Rather, I expect to find God in each of these songs. Additionally, I will not be dealing with “live” versions and such, rather, just the lyrics. 

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Verse 1

The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Saviour of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon Him

“It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three, because the sun’s light failed.” (Luke 23:44-45) With morning gone, and Jesus the Christ hanging on a cross between two criminals, the sun darkened for three hours. The very fabric of the universe shattered when the Triune God who created the world was torn asunder by the sin of the world — “the weight of every curse” poured upon the Son’s shoulders. Jesus promised His disciples that He would pour out His blood “for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28, NIV). And His sacrifice was the central purpose for His coming: “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness; you have been healed by His wounds.” (1 Peter 2:24)

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Verse 2

One final breath He gave
As heaven looked away
The Son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken

“‘Elí, Elí, lemá sabachtháni?’ that is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?'” (Matthew 27:46) Then, soon after, “Jesus called out with a loud voice, ‘Father, into Your hands I entrust My spirit.’ Saying this, He breathed His last.” (Luke 23:46) We cannot know what happened next — not where Jesus’ spirit went nor how long it took for death, and “the one holding the power of death—that is, the Devil” (Hebrews 2:14), to be defeated; these are and will remain mysteries. But the ramifications are clear and promised: Isaiah wrote that “He will destroy death forever. The Lord God will wipe away the tears from every face and remove His people’s disgrace from the whole earth, for the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 25:8) And Paul reminded young Timothy that we have been saved and called, and that “this has now been made evident through the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” (2 Timothy 1:10)

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Pre-Chorus

The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting
Our resurrected King has rendered you defeated

That day when Jesus died was an unforgettable one for those who witnessed it first hand. But they weren’t the only witnesses who would not forget Jesus, for those charged with guarding the tomb most surely had a tale to tell. After the Sabbath, early in the morning, “there was a violent earthquake” at the tomb, “because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached the tomb. He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it” (Matthew 28:2) when Mary and the other women approached, looking to attend to the body of Jesus. “He is not here!” the angel told the women. “For He has been resurrected, just as He said.” (Matthew 28:6)

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Chorus 1

Now forever He is glorified
Forever He is lifted high
And forever He is risen
He is alive and He is alive

“’If I glorify Myself,'” Jesus said in John 8:54, “My glory is nothing. My Father—you say about Him, “He is our God”—He is the One who glorifies Me.'” And again, just before He was to die, Jesus told His disciples that “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in Him. If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself and will glorify Him at once.” (John 13:31-32) It is only because God glorified Jesus that we glorify Him also, but conversely, we only glorify Jesus as a means of glorifying God, the creator and sustainer of all things, and the power that broke Satan’s back.

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Bridge

We sing hallelujah we sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah the Lamb has overcome
We sing hallelujah we sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah

We therefore sing hallelujah, “Praise Yahweh!” Jesus Christ overcame death, by the power of God, for the salvation of all who would confess: “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10)

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Ending

And now death where is your sting
Our resurrected King has overcome
He’s overcome oh

What have we to fear then, if we are willing to confess with our mouths and believe that Jesus was raised from the dead? What sting does death have for us, who believe in a resurrected King? The Lamb that has overcome will conquer all His enemies, “because He is Lord of lords and King of kings.” (Revelation 17:14)

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MarkSlattery
MarkSlattery

     "We cannot know what happened next — not where Jesus’ spirit went..."


"Jesus answered him, 'Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.'”  - Luke 23:43


     nor how long it took for death, and “the one holding the power of death—that is, the Devil” (Hebrews 2:14), to be defeated; these are and will remain mysteries.


"'It is finished.' With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit." - John 19:30


It is a shame that these inaccuracies have ruined an otherwise excellent song.