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Lyrics that are Emotionally Difficult to Sing

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Previously, I reposted an article about a certain song which had lyrics that the author had emotional difficulty in honestly singing. While these particular lyrics didn't have theological error, they did come from a songwriting source that did have a history of occasional and arguable theological errors in their lyrics. Because of this, some responses to the article simply suggested that that particular group's songs be avoided altogether. No more emotionally difficult lyrics to sing. Problem solved.

But lyrics that are emotionally difficult to sing (as well as potential theological errors) come from everywhere. Below are some examples of lyrics that I (or others) can sometimes struggle to honestly sing to God, even if they illustrate biblical truth:

If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus 'tis now ("My Jesus, I Love Thee," hymn)

I know I'm filled to be emptied again ("Desert Song," Hillsong United)

Come, disaster, scorn and pain ("Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken," hymn)

I'm going to sing in the middle of the storm ("Raise A Hallelujah," Bethel)

If You gladly chose surrender, so will I . . . If You gave Your life to love them, so will I

("So Will I," Hillsong)

Take my silver and my gold! Not a mite would I withhold ("Take My Life and Let It Be," hymn)

It gets cold in the night, but you'll be alright, it will get better ("Better," Hezekiah Walker)

Do you have any examples of lyrics that, while illustrating a truth, you may find emotionally difficult to sing?

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