Worship? Or Depeche Mode?

I guess this blog post is a sort of commentary on perception, presupposition, ambiguity and interpretation.

The following lyrics were written by either:

A) A provocative songwriter whose music explores deeply the heart of worship, in a manner not unlike that of David Crowder, Robbie Seay or other similar “worship artists,”

B) A heroin addict rock-star whose battle with drugs and alleged suicide attempt are well documented, or

C) All of the above

I can taste more than feel
This burning inside is so real
I can almost lay my hands upon
The warm glow that lingers on

Moved, lifted higher
Moved, my soul’s on fire
Moved, by a higher love

I surrender all control
To the desire that consumes me whole
Leads me by the hand to infinity
Lies in wait at the heart of me

Moved, lifted higher
Moved, my soul’s on fire
Moved, by a higher love

Heaven bound on the wings of love
There’s so much that you can rise above

Moved, lifted higher
Moved, moved, by a higher love
By a higher love

I surrender heart and soul
Sacrificed to a higher goal

Moved, moved by a higher love
By a higher love

You can check out a performance of this song here if you’d like. Where’s God in this song? Is God in this song?

Discuss…

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4 thoughts on “Worship? Or Depeche Mode?

  1. Hmmm, having a relationship with Christ and a past romance with heroin I can see both realities (perceptions?) in the lyrics. What rings particularly true to each exp. is,
    ” surrender all control
    To the desire that consumes me whole.”
    It’s so applicable to both it’s a bit settling really.

  2. Michelle, thanks for the contribution…

    That’s sort of what I noticed while reading the lyrics; that they could be about just about anything really, a girl, God, heroin, a connection to humanity, etc.

    And it made me think about many of the “worship” songs that are out there. Frequently they have very vague and benign lyrics. One of those CCM types could have easily put out these same lyrics and it could have been a Christian hit.

    So I guess it made me wonder – with music anyway – where does the element of worship come from? The interpretation or the intent?

    I’m someone who, typically speaking, has a very hard time connecting with mainstream Christian music. But I can hear Bob Marley sing “we know and we understand, Almighty God is a living man” and, even though I know he’s singing about Hallie Salassie, it triggers that “worship vibe” deep down inside more than most CCM tunes.

    Or a song like this one, which is most likely not about Jesus or recognizing him as the “higher love.”

    I don’t know. Maybe this thought isn’t as profound as I thought it at first. Or maybe it’s one of those things that’s been debated to death.

  3. I think interpretation is the key. Much of what passes for “worship” music in the contemporary church is so simplistic/basic lyrically it leaves anyone with even a moderate IQ sort of grasping for something more. Add to the repetitive lyrics music that’s just as flat and well yeah, it’s sometimes easier to find the Divine in secular music. Try Praise You by Fat Boy Slim and (I’m sure you already have) One by Bob Marley. Excellent praise songs.

  4. depeche is boss. ya know, inxs’ original frontman michael hutchence was a christian…at one point i guess. i’m not one of those “bob dylan ‘used to be'” people, but hutchence did commit suicide so i think it may have been a passing fancy for him, before the fame. he and bono were close. and speaking of hutchence, why on earth is inxs continuing without him?!?! he was the only reason to like that band! and don’t even get me started on “the who” (in quotes b/c they ARE NOT the who) doing a new album w/ keith moon and jim’s cousin john entwistle dead, AND this awful led zeppelin reunion show – BONZO IS DEAD! that means there is no more zep!!! grrrrrrrr.

    i got way off track 🙂

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