For 14 years, a song entitled “Hallelujah” that was made famous by Jeff Buckley has captured the hearts of millions of people. It is simple, yet mesmerizing; many people have cherished and sung this melody. It has been beloved by both Christians and non-Christians alike. With just a brief listen to the lyrics, however, anyone who knows anything about the Bible may be confused by its story. It does little for painting an accurate picture of the biblical narrative, and the “Hallelujahs” being sung do not seem to be pointed at the God of the Bible. The music for the song is beautiful, but the lyrics leave believers wanting more.
A few months back, videos of people singing this song were popping up all over social media. On a challenge from a pastor, Heath Walton (a singer/songwriter from Roopville, Georgia) wrote some theologically sound lyrics to this ever so popular song. He wrote the song in a few hours. The new lyrics lay out the gospel message in a powerful way. The first time I heard it, I wept with both joy and humility. I wept because it was my story. If you are a Christian, it is your story too. Jesus is firmly standing at the center of the song; the hero of it all. In only 3 minutes, Heath writes about Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection. He also writes of God’s wrath and how He merits grace upon all who believe. It is a song that should cause the Christian to worship.
Today, I have put this song on YouTube with added visuals in hopes that during this Easter season you can be reminded of the Gospel both in song, in your ears, and through the pathway of your eyes. I am not a video editor by trade, but I hope this is something that you can watch and enjoy while you think about Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection this Easter season.
If you like the song as much as I do, and would like to hear more from Heath, you can check out his music HERE
Soli Deo Gloria,
Adam B. Burrell