Music is a powerful thing. It can turn the cowardly into the courageous in the form of a battle hymn or it can emotionally cripple us. Today, I want to go on a little musical journey with you and test whether lyrics matter in music and I’m going to measure it with scripture. The question I’m going to ask is, “What is Heaven?” Then I’m going to look at four popular songs and see if they paint an accurate picture of this wonderful place.
Heaven Song by Phil Wickham
I want to run on greener pastures
I want to dance on higher hills
I want to drink from sweeter waters
In the misty morning chill
And my soul is getting restless
For the place where I belong
I can’t wait to join the angels and sing my heaven song
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door by Guns ‘n Roses
Mama take this badge from me
I can’t use it anymore
It’s gettin’ dark, too dark to see
Feels like I’m knockin’ on Heaven’s door
There Will Be A Day by Jeremy Camp
There will be a day with no more tears
No more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place
Will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face to face
Heaven by Bryan Adams
And baby you’re all that I want
When you’re lyin’ here in my arms
I’m findin’ it hard to believe
We’re in heaven
And love is all that I need
And I found it there in your heart
It isn’t too hard to see
We’re in heaven
I have to say that Phil Wickham got it right. We know that there are many angels in heaven (2 Thess 1:7) and that heaven is a place we will find rest (Rev 14:13).
Unfortunately, GNR missed the mark. They perceived heaven as death. Sure, some go to heaven when we die, but the way the group is referring to it is as a miserable end.
Onward to Jeremy Camp. He is certainly one of my favorite musical artist and I think he captured the essence of heaven very well. No more pain or fear and we’ll see Jesus face-to-face (Rev 21:4)
Finally we have Bryan Adams view of what heaven, and he believes it to be some form of bliss with his significant other. Although it sounds nice, it’s not accurate.
Friends, it’s easy to identify which two musicians are labeled as Christians and which ones aren’t. We can obviously pick them out. Because of this, I would suggest that lyrics do matter and they can separate us from the rest of the world as they did in this little exercise.
In closing, I just want to say that it is important to make a joyful noise on to the Lord (Psalm 98:4) and that includes the songs we sing. I would like to encourage you to take some time to focus on the lyrics of some of the music you’re listening to and see if it’s delivering a good and accurate message. I’m not here to judge you; I’m just making a suggestion. Thank you for reading and God bless.
What are some songs you’ve heard lately that paint an inaccurate picture of God or His Creation?