Notes on Matt Redman’s “Blessed be Your Name”

The lyrics of “Blessed Be Your Name” are imminently related to the lectionary passage from the First Sunday of Lent. Plus it’s an awesome song. Check out this really tacky YouTube video:

As always, you’re just going to have to get over the goofy lyrics showcase.

The reading from Deuteronomy reminds us that everything we have comes from the Lord, and that we are called to bring back to the Lord those blessings in the form of thanksgiving and praise.

Every blessing you pour out,
I’ll turn back to praise.

The letter to the Romans exhorts us not just to believe in the Lord, but to actively call on God’s name.

Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name

And the desert temptation in Luke’s gospel reminds us that we have a God who knows our pain, who has been with us in the desert. It is right then, that even in the desert, in the pain, in the darkness, we sing out our praise to the one who saves us.

And blessed be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be Your name

And blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

Paul’s jubilant command to us to call upon the name of the Lord requires an equally jubilant response. Matt Redman’s exciting “Blessed be Your Name” might just be the right piece of music to spark your congregation to stand up and cry, “Yes! The name of the Lord is Blessed, and I will call upon God’s glorious name!”

PS- I learned this song in a small house church, where we sang everything without accompaniment. Here is a short sample of the Zoe Group performing this song the way I first heard it.

PPS – Here’s an excellent cover of the song by the Newsboys. You can also find a few other artists who have put their own spin on the song. I encourage you and your choir to do the same.

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