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
-Amy Grant, “Better than a Hallelujah,” from the album Somewhere Down the Road
Something has been bothering me about this song.
I most certainly believe that our honest cries are prayers, that they are much more impactful than some song we just sing in church on Sunday. Anything done with honesty and authenticity is always better.
I think my hangup is that “God hears a melody” when we pour out our deepest hurts. A melody is the main musical selection to a piece of music; is our suffering the main part of our existence?
And does God just listen to us when we cry out in pain? In the Scripture, God is weeping when people weep, God actually suffers when we suffer. God intervenes. God acts when people are in trouble and in peril.
Sometimes in miraculous ways; most times thorough regular, ordinary people bringing hope through their words, usually just their presence with you.
I appreciate the attempt with this song but, like I said, something bothers me about it.