Red Sea Road – Devo #3

Wow!  We’re already half way through our week!  Thank you so much for going on this journey with me.  I hope you’ve learned a little something and I hope you’ve been blessed. Today, we’re looking at a third song from Ellie Holcomb’s “Red Sea Road”.  This song is one of my personal favorites!

Devo #3 – “We’ve Got This Hope”

Now, the lyrics to this song are excellent!  But this is going to be a short devo and I’m not going to talk to you about the words.  I want to talk about the music.  The melody.

I fell in love with this song as soon as I heard it for one simple reason.  This song about hope would be easy for the hopeless to sing.  The “bubbles” she inserts as she sings:

“Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh.  We’ve got this ho-oh-oh…Oh-oh-oh-ope!”

Do you know what I hear here?  I hear someone completely broken.  Someone alone in the hospital room.  Alone in the empty house.  Alone in the new apartment after the divorce.  Alone in rehab.  They want to live…but that spirit is getting crushed.  They can’t stand on their own two feet and declare allegiance in strong words.  But they can huddle in a corner, sobbing out these words.  There is a place for breath in every place Holcomb needs to sing it.  There is a place for breath in every place where a sobbing soul needs to sing it.

We do all get beaten down from time to time after all.  And this song, we can sing this song when we can’t breathe.  We can sob this song when we can’t speak this truth:

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.  For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.”  (1 Thess. 4:13, ESV)

We do not grieve like this who have no hope.  Because no matter how hard we are left crying, we are held by the arms of Jesus, tight enough to hear Him sing with us.

“Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh.  We’ve got this ho-oh-oh…Oh-oh-oh-ope!”

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