This morning, I am obsessively grooving (can one obsessively groove?) to hot Naija musician M.I.'s Talk About It album. On the (next to) last track "Thank yous and ova ish," he gives a shout out to his Jos based "evangelist" parents with a sheepish admission that "yeah, I know I'm not doing gospel music, but, um, I'm still, this is my gospel. Let me preach it."
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He maketh me lie down in green pastures.
He leadeth me beside still waters.
He restoreth my soul.
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
Thou annointest my head with oil.
My cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Yeah, I fill my life’s pages, with the goodness of the Rock of Ages
The drama in my life is stages ,to fight the blazes
Going through life with seeing through many different phases
One way to run but with different paces, will track you different races
I bet on God because he knows all the aces
I give him everything in him my places
Because I ain't trying to waste this
Serving Jesus till my soul he raises
So call self, for in clay, we all vases
Different ranges, but I will argue as his vase he makes us
So he won’t let me face this, unless he knows that I can take this
The world remains, how my situation changes
Though the wrath of rages, he stands courageous
Because I know my basis
I read my Bible and I say my graces
I spend my time with him instead of reading Hadley-Chases.
And I’d forgotten that this is the basis, to going places
So when the wells dry up, Jesus is the oasis
Oh Jehovah, (yeah)
Still watching over (yes he is/yes he does)
Let me tell you what I do in crisis,
Whenever trouble rises.
I know that Christ suffices, and I receive his sacrifices
When the water rises and living tries us
The economy is shifting prices and when the world is cold and lifeless
It’s then I open up my eyes and realize this
That no weapon comes against us as long as he’s beside us
You see I read that he is promises that he’ll provide us
Whatever we need as long as he live inside us
So when the light of life is burning dim, he’ll reignite us
And when we lack the strength to fight the world, he’ll send us fighters
Angels to lead and guide us, until he’ll reunite us
Under his arms he’ll hide us, and he’ll provide us
So I don’t even know who you are or what you’re going through
But you see I know my Jehovah can be there for you
And I believe it’s true, the Bible says it too
I ain’t a preacher, just a sinner. He too beautiful
Oh Jehovah (watching over you and I)
Still watching over (watching over you and I)
Chorus of voices: Jehovah Jehovah Jehovah
(I fear no evil, thou art my rock of salvation, yes you are, yes you are, God on Jesus, God on Jesus)
I ain’t a minister, though I administer the truth
But one thing remains, while my sin is to youth
That is defendin’ the truth, when I speakin’ the proof
It’s a messenger here, bringing lessons of his
And the messenger is—not important at all
But I wholly fall at his feet and declare
You are marvelous, gracious, wonderful, beautiful, bountiful, merciful
You are everything
(simultaneous. Woven Together)
That’s who you are X3
Jehovah, Jehovah, Jehovah X24
(Yes, you are, yes, you are. God on Jesus. You are my salvation. God on Jesus. God on Jesus. Yeah. Strong Tower. The name of the Lord. HE’s a strong tower. The righteous call on him. Yes he is.)
Oh Jehovah, Still watching over X4