Hip Hop

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If you know me well you know that I love hip hop. Allison has to put up with me and my taste for music, I appreciate her so much for it because she is not nearly or maybe at all in love with hip hop, but she listens. Some reading this might be like hip hop what are you doing listening to that? It is disgraceful, promotes violence and degrades women. Well, in most cases you are right. There is hip hop out there that does none of these, yet still is authentically hip hop. I want to expose you to just a few that I listen to. They are artists with incredible talent that choose to make music that teaches, builds up, and communicates real truths. I have posted two songs to give you a taste. If you find your ears rocked, hit me up and I’ll send you some music.

This first song is called Jesus Pride. It is by a group called Everyday Process. They are out of Philly and have been doing hip hop for years now. I wish I had the lyrics to this song, but I couldn’t find them. They are easier to understand than some, but this song speaks so much to me. They basically just boast in the person of Jesus, comparing him to all other. Have a listen.

This second song is by an artist named Shai Linne. He has been doing hip hop for years also and he has more of a teaching feel to his music. His latest project walks through the Attributes of God and one of them is love. This song deals with that topic, has a slower feel than the first song but is beautiful.

Verse 1

Now let’s get straight to the topic, God’s love is weighty to process
And apart from the Holy Spirit, we’re unable to digest
Because man’s depraved in his logic, so God’s haters will mock it
But inter-trinitarian love should make us astonished
Imagine the Son enjoying the embrace of His Father
Eternally paying Him homage as He bathed in His knowledge
Equally faithful and sovereign, gracious, patient and honest
Cosmic greatness blazing with radiance- conscious
Holy Spirit also present, full display of His God-ness
No creation could watch this- it wasn’t safe for their optics
What an awesome scene in heaven with all esteem and reverence
It’s Psalm 16:11 as conveyed through the prophet
Overflow of joy and love, the Father made Him a promise
To give His Son a people to liberate from their bondage
So they’re no longer slaves and hostages, but blameless and spotless
Consequence of eternal love- our salvation’s accomplished!

Chorus

Love so perfect
Love eternally
Unchanging, Holy, Righteous Love
Transcends our understanding
But in Your nature there is perfect love
Love so perfect
Love eternally
Unchanging, Holy, Righteous Love
Transcends our understanding
But in salvation there is perfect love

Verse 2

Now it’s one thing to consider God’s love that’s within
But how could God’s love extend to men corrupted with sin?
Because we certainly don’t deserve it, He’s perfect and we’re imperfect
What’s lurking beneath the surface? His mercy and deeper purpose
Made in His likeness, installed with reminders of His law
Despite our blindness from the fall, His kindness reaches all
The fact He allows the sun to rise on this evil planet
Means that His love is such that we can’t even understand it
In other words, don’t let traditions fool ya, gotta let them Scriptures school ya
As a matter of fact, see how Christ reacted when it came to the rich young ruler
Love explicit, if it isn’t His love, what is it
Restricting Him from inflicting His vengeance on the wicked?
Some call it common grace, but I’m inclined to state
that it’s the love of God shining from a place that beyond time and space
They say, “If God is love, what’s eternal torment for?”
Well, He loves the world for sure, but He loves His glory more!

Chorus

Verse 3

Perhaps the most misunderstood aspect of this subject
Would be the love of God that He expresses towards the elect
And the second some people hear that, they get mad inside
But it’s a special kind of love the Husband has for His Bride
It’s a love that distinguishes her and sets her apart
No other woman could ever have the same effect on His heart
Because this Groom is not adulterous, this marriage has no openness
His devotion is traced back to when the world was motionless
In love we were predestined for adoption as a son
Not for anything that we’ve done, check Ephesians chapter one
Look, when we lived as God’s opponents, He gave His only Son for atonement
So we’ve got to see He can’t possibly love us more than He does this moment
In love, He justified us, in love, He sanctifies us
So we don’t have to jump through hoops to try to make Him like us
One thing we truly cannot fathom- we’re stunned
The Father loves us with the very love He has for His Son!

Chorus

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