Celestial Valium

kiddThis is a bracing feature of biblical song: God’s songs are not celestial Valium.  Rather than sugarcoat the human condition, the Psalms look into the cosmically rebellious human breast with eyes wide open.  They sing a brand of blues so raw and honest they would make blues singer John Lee Hooker blush.  But there is a reason the Psalms can gaze so honestly and sing so bluely.  They know a secret.  “Guess what?” they wink.  “God wins.  Darkness loses.  Praise be.”

–Reggie Kidd, With One Voice (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books), p 40.


~ by toddbumgarner on May 20, 2009 6:46 am.

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