I almost never buy CDs any more. In fact, I don’t even download music all that often. I usually just listen to whatever I already have, or I listen to the radio. But when it comes to my favorite kind of music, hip hop, and my favorite kind of hip hop, Christian, there’s just not a lot of options out there on the radio. Unfortunately K-Love just isn’t up for adding hip hop jams to their song list. So, I have to buy it (or steal it, which my conscience no longer allows me to do…).
My favorite Christian rapper is Lecrae. No one else out there is as good of a lyricist as he is, and no one puts together full albums of music I can jam to, bob my head to, and embarass myself to when I look at the guy in the car next to me staring at me doing the Robot to Jesus Muzik.
As you may know, Lecrae recently came out with a new album – Rehab. I’ve listened through it a few times, and I’m astounded at how awesome it is. It’s as good as anything he’s ever done. I usually listen through his albums a couple of times when I first get them – once for the jams, and once for the words. I’ve gone through it for the jams several times, and my favorites have to be Gotta Know, Children of the Light, Boasting, and the bonus track/love song I Love You. Honestly, all of them are good when it comes to the words. But the one song that has it all is Boasting.
Boasting is like a theology textbook, but better. It’s as transparent as a human can be about his faults, yet completely true about the sovereignty of God in everything. I can’t put it into words how awesome it is, so I’ll just post the lyrics here, and link to a video with the song below. Enjoy!
If this Life has anything to gain at all
I count it lost if I can’t hear you, feel you, ’cause I need you.
Can’t Walk this Earth Alone.
I recognize I am not my own, so before I fall
I need to hear you, feel you, as I live to make my boast in you alone.
With every breath I take, with every heart beat,
Sunrise and the moon lights in the dark street.
Every glance, every dance, every note of a song.
It’s all a gift undeserved that I shouldn’t have known.
Every day that I lie, every moment I covet
I’m deserving to die, I’m just earning your judgment.
Ah, without the cross there’s only condemnation.
If Jesus wasn’t executed there’s no celebration.
So in times that are good, in times that are bad
For any times that I’ve had it all I will be glad,
and I will boast in the cross. I’ll boast in my pains.
I will boast in the sunshine, boast in this rain.
What’s my life if it’s not praising you.
Another dollar in my bank account, a vain pursuit.
I do not count my life as any value or presence at all.
Let me finish my race, let me answer my call.
Tomorrow’s never promised, but it is we swear.
Think we’re holding our own, just a fist full of air.
God has never been obligated to give us life.
If we fought for our rights, we’d be in hell tonight.
Mere sinners owed nothing but a fierce hand.
We never loved him we pushed away his pierced hands.
I rejected his love, grace, kindness, and mercy.
Dying of thirst, yet, willing to die thirsty.
Eternally worthy, how could I live for less?
Patiently you turn my heart away from selfishness.
I volunteer for your sanctifying surgery.
I know the Spirit’s purging me of everything that’s hurting me.
Remove the veil from my darkened eyes.
So now every morning I open your Word and see the Son rise.
I hope in nothin, boast in nothin, only in your suffering.
I live to show your glory, dying to tell your story.
Glory was solely meant for you.
Doing what no one else could do.
With All I have to give,
I’ll use my life, I’ll use my lips.
I’ll only glory in your Word. What gift to me I don’t deserve.
I’ll live in such a way that it reflects to you, my Praise.