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The, “I wish I were mo’ better” blues. (p2)

posted by Robert Gelinas

Sometimes we sing the blues because of what other’s have done to us and then there are those times when we sing them because of what we have done to ourselves.

It makes absolutely no sense why we choose the temporary insanity of sin.  In light of who Christ is, why would we ever take our eyes off of him?  Yet we do!  And when we do, we sing the blues.

After the prophet Nathan confronted King David about his sin he lamented in song.  Ps. 51 is a classic blues saga.  Full of begging and pleading, honesty and acknowledgment and it even possesses "tragicomic hope."

You almost laugh when you read verse 13

"Then I will teach transgressors your ways and sinners will turn back to you."

What?  If God has mercy and will grant the audacious requests of hiding his face, cleansing and restoration of joy then David has a deal for God.  He will teach sinners the ways of God.  It would be funny if we had not prayed the same prayer ourselves.

Thank God for grace!  Amen?



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KM

posted July 6, 2007 at 2:42 pm


Amen, Robert. Praise God He allows us to wake up to Him.
An aside — have you heard of Tonya Baker? I think you’d appreciate her style. This vid here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPQl3Iwl6Sg) is a communal inprovisation of the original song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyU9Wn9qXGM). Tinges of Kim Burrell there…



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KM

posted July 8, 2007 at 3:45 pm


Sorry man — just saw that the urls didn’t take. But if you delete the closing parentheses, they’ll work.



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jazztheologian

posted July 8, 2007 at 4:57 pm


KM,
Thanks for making the clarification…this is good stuff.
robert



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