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Song in my heart: I Got 5 on Jesus

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POSTED March 21, 2014 10:37 p.m.

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone.” – 1 Tim. 2:1


I watched an inspirational post on Facebook last week where a woman who was grocery shopping stopped to film a man who was soulfully singing acapella while pushing his cart through the store.

I didn’t recognize the song but I immediately recognized the purpose behind it. The man, oblivious to those around him, was pouring out a song of deep gratitude and praise to God. He sang from somewhere deep within his soul, giving those that passed by in the store, or viewers online such as myself, the impression that he had had a personal encounter with Jesus his Lord and Savior at one point and couldn’t help but share. 

Nearing the end of the song, the man stopped pushing his basket, closed his eyes and crooned with lyrical power, “He’s been so good to me. He’s been so good to me.” On that note, all you could hear from the woman tapping was, “Oh-my-God!”

I was moved by his song of praise which was clearly his testimony and the woman who tapped it, had been privy to witness it. I immediately reposted the clip, adding a comment which said, “If I ever happen to hear someone singing like this at Food 4 Less or Savemart, I will just fall out right then and there.”

So now let’s fast forward a few days.  I had just pulled up to the nail salon which is in the same plaza as SaveMart. When I turned off my ignition I heard a man’s voice singing at a distance. At first I couldn’t make out the words but I could tell the tone of voice was beautiful. I instantly recalled the clip and my comment about “falling out.”

I became tingly with anticipation as I was certain God was going to allow me the same privilege of hearing a powerful song of praise sung by a random stranger just like the woman who taped the video.

But that’s not exactly how it went down.

Still sitting in my car, I looked over my right shoulder and saw two young men heading toward a liquor store located next to the nail salon. The taller of the two, a 20-something young man, wearing a long white t-shirt and saggy red-shorts, was the one signing so beautifully. As he drew closer I was able to identify the lyrics and realized it was not a song of praise he was singing at all. The talented young man was belting out lyrics to a popular party song called,“I Got 5 On It.”

I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. Here I was anticipating falling out with joy over a young random guy singing praise songs about God’s love and goodness and instead I got an earful of lyrics about buying weed, drinking beer and long live the party scene.

I Got 5 On It! Seriously God?

I’m not going to lie, I wanted to judge that kid and judge him hard in that scenario but truthfully I had no idea if the song was the young man’s present life-style or if he was just singing to sing.

I watched as he followed his friend into the liquor store, still singing about “riding high” and received a very clear revelation. Today isn’t the day for “falling out” over hearing a random song of praise but it is a great day to intercede for a stranger.

Heading into the salon, I asked God to meet that random lyrical stranger right where he was at, in the liquor store, singing about weed and to bless him with His presence. And as I prayed, I sensed a clear peace knowing that I had just been privy to applying 1 Timothy 2:1 and that’s worth “falling out” for.

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