A Song That Speaks to My Heart

Dear Jack,

Ever since high school when I pretended I was something, or possibly someone, that I wasn’t, I’ve always had an infatuation with hip hop music – from Kanye West, to Jay Z, from Cross Movement to Mars ILL.  The latter two aren’t near as well known, probably because they’re considered Christian artists, and Christian rap music leaves a lot to be desired most of the time.  However, both Cross Movement and Mars ILL have some truly profound lyrics, and have an almost prophetic tone missing in other contemporary Christian music.

One of these songs is “The Calm Before” by Mars ILL.  I’m going to just post the lyrics below, emphasizing some of the lines that stuck with me noteably, but leaving the rest for you to dwell on.  If we take the words seriously, it should seriously challenge us to what we believe as Christians – and how we act.

Mars ILL – “The Calm Before”

[Verse #1]
I left my footprints on the ocean’s waves before the storm came
But form changed to man overboard sinking self-aware
Thinking no one’s there to catch me when I fall to the sandy floor beneath the coral reef
I pray the Lord my soul to keep – he holds the deep in his palm
And simultaneously, he gives his hand to me
The salty sea that made my eyes to weep is now beneath my feet
With concrete stability, steps I take to moves made critically
Peripheral at a standstill as Divinity makes his presence felt physically
It’s miraculous but true. It’s all for you
But the fact is that modern man is scared to death and torn in two
Because the truth draws him higher, undercurrent holds him down
Afraid he’ll drown, he forgets those pieces of peace he might have found
Well at least he struggles – ’cause to stroll too easily through those puddles
Lulls you to sleepy dreamscapes where your sensibilities are muddled
And I know that if he seeks God, he’ll recognize him when he sees Him
And he’ll realize whose hands he needs to be in..

[Verse #2]
When disaster strikes the field, the likes of them head for the hills
To regroup their bearings on their enemy ’til they’re ready, dressed to kill
“It’s better to feel safe than live in fear.” I ask ’em, “Why is that?”
They responded, “We need stability in this comfortable habitat.”
“So send the lower middle-class to the front lines, their death will protect us.”
“We’ll talk loud and hide behind our penthouses and brand new Lexus.”
“It affects us to a point. Didn’t you see the stock market crash?”
“We couldn’t sacrifice our buying power. Tell me, how smart is that?”
I said, I saw the blast, heard the crash of lives shattered to pieces
Saw a street preacher yelling loud and holding a sign about Jesus
I agreed and kept walking because I’m not quite sure what to do
I tried to front and talk a lot of patriotism, same as you
But the ideas ain’t really new, see genocide, it happens globally
We just get shook up when it happens locally
So, love one another and be wise. Don’t foster malice
In the name of revenge for Country until your soul turns callous, soul turns callous..

[Verse #3]
Before the world premiere of dawn light switched on and day broke through
Before the sky was blue, before any big-bang or primordial ooze
Before man stepped on the scene in his prowess unprepared for the challenge
Before the planets were set in place to hold the galaxies in the balance
Before time, before reason, rhyme, love, hate and emotion
Before the seasons, before the first word was spoken or heart was broken
Before defiance turned to evil revolt and all Hell broke loose
Before any creature would even dare to contradict his point of view
He was there, God, triune, omnipotent, controlling existence
Before people claimed to serve the Crucified was a slave religion
Before the fall of Adam imprisoned descendants with original scars
Before you were born of your mother to try to figure out just who you are
Before war and confusion, before reality, before illusion
Before the beginning, Elohim had mapped out all the conclusions
Before the restitution to come that Revelation promises all of us
Not Nostradamus’ blind predictions through delusional blurred vision
The calm came before the storm with power to kill
The calm is present now and it lives within me still
The calm is present now and it lives within me still
The Calm is present now and he lives within me still..

[Lyrics courtesy of Lyricstime.com]

My parting and intentionally non-conclusive thought is this: some things in life are overvalued.  Some things in life are undervalued.  It’s our duty to figure out which are which.  Till next time, Jack.

Sincerely,
J.

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6 thoughts on “A Song That Speaks to My Heart”

    1. Yeah, I really love the energy in it as well. I can almost see a cloud of passion coming out from the iHome speakers when I listen to it.

  1. Don’t discount that stuff. That’s authentic spiritual reality, there. Reminds me of times I’ve seen wild stuff with my spiritual eyes while worshiping; only to have it confirmed by somebody else that they saw the same things.

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