Cohen’s Hallelujah

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This is unrelated to my theology stuff but something fun for a change. Somehow today I have this song stuck in my head. It’s one of my all-time favorite songs. It’s not overtly religious despite the chorus. But it always brings a tear to my eye. I love this version best sung by Leonard Cohen himself (there’s many covers and different stanzas that Cohen wrote over the years). Most probably heard the version in the movie Shrek but I like this one especially for the last stanza that is missing in the Shrek version:

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Whenever I hear this stanza, I think sometimes that’s all I will have when I stand before God in the life after – despite all my achievements and failures, I stand before God with nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah.

Well, I guess it is still a little related to my theology of God’s grace – undeserving mercy to us – after all! Hope you enjoyed the video. 🙂

[Update: Leonard Cohen passed away on Nov. 10, 2016 at the age of 82. Thank you Leonard for your songs and poetry.]


About Shiao Chong

Editor in Chief of The Banner, official magazine of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC). Formerly CRC Campus Minister serving at York University in Toronto, Canada. (All postings here are my personal opinion and does not necessarily represent the views of the CRC or of The Banner.)
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