better than a hallelujah

came across the lyrics of a song, by amy grant earlier – made me think alot.

better than a hallelujah – lyrics by amy grant

God loves a lullaby
In a mothers tears in the dead of night
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes.
God loves the drunkards cry,
The soldiers plea not to let him die
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes.

We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah.

The woman holding on for life,
The dying man giving up the fight
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes
The tears of shame for what’s been done,
The silence when the words won’t come
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes.

Better than a church bell ringing,
Better than a choir singing out, singing out.


10 thoughts on “better than a hallelujah

  1. Long time since I’ve listened to Amy Grant, didn’t know this particular track.

    So very true: not that God loves those cries but the honesty they flow from, as in the second verse. Does God hear our miseries as a melody? I’m not convinced about that — but for sure God loves turning our miseries around to bring us melodies where that’s possible.

    And definitely those last few lines: The tears of shame for what’s been done… — sometimes for what we’ve done, sometimes for what’s been done to us.

    Thank you, fragz: I’m glad you shared this tonight.

  2. thanks for responding too phil.

    i hear you about that point above, about God hearing our misery as melody.

    does that portray an image of God enjoying our pain?!

    something i have really battled with, is the concept of God being a sadistic so and so, because so many people have said to me ‘God let what happened happen so good could out of it’.

    I categorically do not believe that. Its taken years though. Maybe God CAN turn situations into good, but I dont believe he creates bad just so he can do that.

    its an interesting line isnt it …

    and yeah, re the tears of shame.

    hugs Phil


    • That concept of God — a God who causes or allows (same difference if God is almighty) evil so that good can come out of it — is just so twisted it beggars belief. Like we’d say a parent who lets a child stick their hand in a fire because they’ll learn from it is a good parent: yeah, right. Just no way. Why are people willing to believe evil things about God that they’d never accept in a fellow human being? Loopy theology.

      hugs right back x

      PS: Poem wot I writ: Your God is not my God

  3. thanks for the poem link hun, you write stunning stuff!

    and i agree, the concept of a God who causes/allows evil to happen so good can come of it beggars belief, totally.

    which is why i cannot believe that it works that way.

    but i often wonder how, if He is THAT almighty, why not defeat the evil? but then i guess that goes into the whole freewill territory huh?

    and your right about your other point, loopy theology. not entirely sure what my own theology is though hehe.

    Fragz x

    • Ha, yes: who am I to talk about loopy theology? My theology isn’t exactly straight — rofl … but it works (for me, anyway) and I think that has to be the acid test for any theology: does it work? Does it fit the facts or does it evade them?

      I think that’s where the mainline churches and evangelicalism in particular have lost the plot: they try to force reality to fit their theology rather than face reality with it. They try to impose their theology over their worldview and end up blinkered instead of liberated. Theology should be a lens, not a shutter!

      … and thanks for the kind words about my poem 🙂


  4. I love this song (co-written with sarah hart). I don’t think the idea is that God enjoys our pain, but that he longs (and loves) to hear us turn to him to meet our needs. An honest cry when we are feeling awful is better than a half-hearted pretense at holiness, I think.

    And, I don’t think God causes or wants bad things to happen. I think they do – and it grieves him, and he is able to bring good from it because he is awesome, but it wouldn’t be part of his plan A.

  5. Great lyrics!!! Reminds me of my all time favorite “Hallelujah” song. The one by Leonard Cohen. If you have a chance, and like the song, listen to kd Lang’s live version.

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