Behind the Music – Leanord Cohen’s “Hallelujah”
Dear brothers and sisters,
Today I am writing a blog (after a long while) in the my blog serie ‘Behind the Music”. Yesterday, I got a comment on another post of mine, where that person (called lhc) asked me to write a post on that particular song. I really see it as an encouragement of God, that I was asked to write on a certain subject instead of choosing the subject myself. I truly feel Gods hand in my blog and appreciate all your likes, comments, requests and prayers!
Leonard Cohen is a Jew by birth, but throughout his life he was not a faithfull follower of his Jewish faith. He was born in Canada in 1934 (and died in 2016) an earned his money as singer-songwriter. In 1955 he moved to the US, and in the 60’s his career really started to take off. By some it is considered that it was also around this time, was the beginning of his spiritual wandering, although Judaism was part of his family history. He even came from family of rabbi’s / rabbinical teachers (from both sides). But in his adult life he moved away from his judaic roots and became involved in zen buddishm and even became ordained as a buddhist monk in 1996.
For someone to be born as a Jew and to decide to switch to another faith, is already a first sign that shows that he was satanically influenced, because for me buddishm is a very demonic religion (it exists on the idea of that a man is God). Also, for me this is again a good point of warning: you cannot decide to choose God and also choose another faith.
The lyrics are as follows:
Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
When we start reading the lyrics to this song, we see the Biblical references. This could make you think that he therefore did it as praise to God. But don’t be fooled, even demons and the devil can use Biblical references. You always need to ask the Holy Spirit to guide you, because it might be that he needs you to open our eyes to see that on first glance it might seem to honor God, but when really analyzing it, you will see that the person changed somethings, making the text actually very demonic.
With this first part, there doesn’t seem to be much wrong with it. Because it is well known that the music that David made indeed pleased the Lord. But why then mention that “you” don’t really care for music? Even although it seems unclear to whom “you” is referring, it doesn’t make sense to include this sentence (which is quite negative). And especially when referring to God, then this would indeed be a very demonic statement. But even if he (David) was talking to a person, how would this song be a gospel song?
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
When reading this second part of the song, it becomes more and more apparant that is so important that we not only listen to how beautiful a song might see, but that we really take notice of the lyrics. This song is widely considered a gospel song (worship) to God, however in this second paragraph, we are reading how David started sinning by desiring Batsheba (a married woman). And how Delilah tied up Samson. In both cases, there is in no way how I can see that these thins are honoring God. So, why include these sins in a supposed song of worship? And take note of the last sentence: “and from your lips she drew the Hallelujah”. So, what Mr. Cohen is actually saying in this song of “worship”, that it took acts of sin to utter the word “Hallelujah”? In praise and worship, the love for God is what brings out all our words of praise and worship, not acts of sin.
Baby I have been here before
I know this room, I’ve walked this floor
I used to live alone before I knew you.
I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
Love is not a victory march
It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah
Instead of praising and worshipping God, it seems to go on about David and Batsheba. Why is Mr. Cohen more interested in this sinful relationship, than God? The start of this song already shows, that we should in no way perceive this as a praise and/or or worship song, because it is in no way honoring God.! So, never allow this song to be played in your church.
There was a time you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah
While the song seem to start to praise God, it very quickly turned out to be this song about David and Batsheba. We need to always be very careful what we listen to and what we allow in our lives. Because if you sing this song, you are actually praising the sinful bond between David and Batsheba. For me this part actually contains a very disrespectful and demonic insult by Mr. Cohen to God. David remembered when he was moving in her (a reference to intercourse) and compared it to how the Holy Spirit was moving? Comparing how we accept the Holy Spirit with having sex is such an insult to God. If you have any doubt left if this song is worship/praise or not, this verse alone will proof that it isn’t!
You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah
Since the last part it already took a very bad turn, but here we see the true colors of Mr. Cohen. He is apparantly reacting on someone saying that he is taking the name in vain (God’s name that is). And instead of reacting any other way, he is clearly stating that he doesn’t know and acknowledge God. He down-right is reject God! So for him to sing a song called Hallelujah, is already something “special” in itself. He openly rejects God and compares the Holy Spirit with intercourse!
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
This song ends with worldly arrogance. Do you really think you can come before God and tell Him that you have done enough for Him?
For me this song shows how careful we need to be, when listening to secular music. The title of the song might indicate that this is praise and worship, but when you analyze it, then you quickly will (and should) realize that this song is very demonic. Why? He is pretending to honor God, while he is singing on the sinful act between David and Batsheba. He is disrespecting God and the Holy Spirit. Only the devil will to this, so for a man to also do this, shows that he is choosen against God!
So yes, this is a very demonic song based on what I have researched. If you have no problem insulting God and the Holy Spirit, than you really have a problem. Because in the Bible it is even specifically mentioned that there is one sin that is onforgivable: insulting the Holy Spirit And that is exactly what mr. Cohen did.