Amy Discusses “Better Than A Hallelujah” Posted on: April 11th, 2010 by Derek 28 Comments Watch this video of Amy discussing the “Better Than A Hallelujah”. You’ll hear how the song was discovered and why it connected with her so well. Tags: Amy Grant, Better Than A Hallelujah, Inspiration, Somewhere Down The Road Michael Houbrick When I go to church or one of the bibles studies I belong to, I feel it is such an honor to serve him. I never want to disappoint him. Sometimes I feel so unprepared and so not worthy of meeting the Lord at his various places or worships, compared to those around me. But when it is just me and God and he is still there with me I know that I am important to God. A couple of years ago my identical twin brother Matthew was killed and I thought I lost my identity at that time. How could I go on? I was a twin….last time I checked, there were always two twins. But now it was just me. But God reminded me, he was there with me at all times. There were still 2 of us. When I hear the song, “Better Than A Hallelujah” not only does it remind me of the wonderful times I had with my twin brother, it also reminds me of the great times I will have with my Saviour. And a double blessing (or should I say a twin blessing) on this new album, is the song “I can Only Imagine”, which was the song I used at Matthew’s funeral. Thank you Amy for the perfect selection of songs at the perfect time. http://www.facebook.com Elizabeth It just invites you to have communication with God, no matter where you are in live. First of all, Amy is just so beautiful, talented and her voice has always calmed me and made me reflect on God, this song does the same. I love you Amy and would to give you a hug and see you live. Come to my house. Liz http://www.exoneree.net Brandon Moon I cannot count how many times I have poured my heart out while I was wrongfully imprisoned. I could feel exactly the meaning of this song. Connie Leapley Amy, i’ve always adored you, listened to you music through the years. Love every song u’ve ever sang. I admire your open-heartedness, compassion and spirit. You sang “Better Than a Halleluiah” so beautifully. God Bless U! Julie Livingstone Beautiful song and thought provoking lyrics. Janice I sure do relate to this song and absolutely LOVE it!!!! Listen to it over and over and still hear something new in the words. So glad you recorded it, Amy! Chris Riley When I hear “Better Than A Hallelujah” I see Hope. I was recently diagnosed with MS, and I have been unsure about a lot of things. I have praying about my situation and asking the normal questions…why me? What does this mean for my future etc. When I hear this song it makes me smile and reminds me what life is about. If God puts you in it, God will see you through it. I realized that it’s all about God and his plan, not me and the plans that I have for myself. If you have a relationship with Jesus Christ then you shouldn’t try to handle these things on your own. Give up to God, lay it at his feet. You don’t have to Babble on in your prayers, just be honest and if you don’t have anything to say then that is ok too. I was so excited about the release of this album. Thank you Amy! Trayden Baker I am never or have never been disapointed in anything that Amy has recorded. I have followed her through her secular and Christian music years. I feel like Amy is a blessing to us all, and she works directly through Christ our Lord. Keep on Keeping on Amy! Nichole This is an incredible song and the message couldn’t come at a better time. Michelle Ball Amy, I can’t thank you enough for your words regarding “Better than a Hallelujah”. When you explained how it just gets you right in the face amidst all of our “performance” – I am right here at my computer with tears in my eyes, captivated by the words you use to express the sincerity of this song. I have battled depression, an eating disorder, and quite a few compulsive habits. I’ve definitely had (and still have) ‘tears of shame for what’s been done’ and when you explain how the Lord wants a relationship and communion with us, it just goes to my core and I am reminded of his amazing Love and Grace. Thank you so much!! Judith Houghtaling This song is touching, and is truthful, and goes to your core..(did mine) Amy has a gift of shining through with her voice, being real, not “showy”, first time i heard it, i was on my way home from bringing my son back to his school in Auburn, the tears started flowing, and didnt stop for a good hour, but yet i was able to continue driving- for me, its these kind of songs and communication between people that remind and encourage me of our Gods divine love, with all the joy, elation, also such heartache, pain, so honestly spoken, with transparency. As a child and young adult, attending church, i noticed very little that seemed it should be filled with Gods spirit, and even fewer genuine, loving, transparent “christians” Amy has had tremendous life experiences, and i can just hear from her songs, she stays true, loving and genuine, and continues to shine. Now that is blessed! Tasha Castor The lyric, “… beautiful the mess we are…” resonates with me. In so many ways… Erin MacIntyre I am struggling with trusting God and letting Him take control of my life (even though He’s always in control). I am making the transition from college to the ‘real world’ and am finding myself wadding through a river of worries. I find myself playing this song over and over just letting the words speak truth into my life. I know that God has a plan and is in control of my life, but I feel like it’s easier to hear or talk about it than to believe it to be true. “We pour out our miseries, God just hears a melody…” that’s saying to me that when we choose to bring our hardships to God it’s like music to His ears. He is so crazy in love with us, and loves it when WE choose to love Him back. It’s like we are saying, “I choose YOU God in this hard time to carry me through, because you have proven faithful in the past and you will prove faithful again.” Thank you, Amy for sharing this amazing song with the world! Tammy King Oh my goodness! I cannot even imagine what my life would be like if I had never heard this song. How can you go from being diagnosed with cancer of the brain and then not even blame God. I do know that it does not matter what you are being bombarded with, all you have to do is love God and let him know that you are not going to let anything stop you. It is hard for me to accept that he will be faithful, and that he will accept me for not being faithful. He knows that we are not perfect, but he knows that Thank you Amy, so much, for allowing the world to hear this song, and just letting God take all of the control for it!!! http://K-Love Kathy Marie Vezina Today is April 15th. To most it means tax deadlines and is full of rushing and nerves. However to me it is the day of the birth of my first child, Kathleen Ra’Chae, whom I considered to be a miracle from God. For sixteen and a half years I was privileged to have her here with me and I never failed to tell the Lord how thankful I felt to have been blessed with such a wonderful, beautiful, God loving child. Then He took her back to be with Him and I still thank Him, even though I don’t understand. So on special days like today, Kathleen’s birthday, it gets tough but God always sends me something special to help me make it through and get stronger for this journey. Today, it was your song Amy, “Better than a Hallelujah”. It was the first time I had heard it. I was telling the Saviour how I loved Him and how I thanked Him for letting me be Kathleen’s mother. Then your song started playing on the radio and I felt like Jesus had you sing it for me. Thanks for letting God use you to bless all of us with your beautiful songs. Diane I have been waiting for this CD for a special reason – Sarah Hart is a friend of mine and I have known her since she was about 10 years old. Now a mother, singer, songwriter, performer – she amazes me! Her voice is like an angel and that she wrote this song so perfectly for so many reflects who she is……a Great talent! I love it! And I love Amy singing it! Cindy I was fortunate to receive this CD from my son, who came to see me after my surgery. Amy my, son and I connect with you. We both love you. Because he listens to your music and the words of this beautiful song, I know he is listening to God’s message. I’m so glad you put this song out there for everyone to listen. We all need to know its message. I am reminded that God Loves as as we are and we don’t need to “try” so hard. http://www.annawhiteschroeder.com Anna Schroeder Do you remember when Vince said that he could remember “exactly” where he was ( and described it) the first time he heard Amy’s voice on the radio??? Well, Sarah has that amazing ability and talent to “grab” you and make you stop whatever you are doing! She’s NOT Amy. She is Sarah. I can’t wait hear more! I drove two hours (each way) the other day- through Colorado springtime- to appointments in Denver. I listened to Somewhere Down the Road all the way-both ways. Each song was so touching. I cried almost every song and I am very happy about life:) (Why am I crying?) Every long drive -to take a daughter to college, or drive out early to help with a wedding, or just drive a few hours to visit my mom- I always play the latest from Amy CD’s or book. THANK YOU Amy for touching my life through my journey since 1977. I often think I wrote the words to your songs and chapters. I bet I am not alone! This new album is yet another incredible gift! Stephanie I was talking with a friend about this song’s meanings. Hallelujah is the highest form of praise and so at first this song bothered her because it seemed as though it was saying there is something better thant he highest form of praise. When I first heard this song at the concert in Orlando, I didn’t take it that way at all. To me, it seemed to be more about sincerity of the praise being given. I know I have attended a church where Christ and Salvation was not even preached and to have a choir singing really meant little because God was not in it or in the hearts of the majority of the people in the choir. I listened to this explanation of the song and though it does not go into a lot of detail regarding its meaning, it is alluded to at the end. Thank you for reminding us that it is not important that we go through the motions of praising God but that it needs to be heart felt praise and worship. Kathy Banks Oh, yeah. What a beautiful song!! The whole album is great. The price is surprisingly low. Thanks Amy. You came to Visalia 2008 to sing at The Fox Theatre. Terrific time. The band was fantastic. My family loves Amy. We have all Christmas Albums and have repurchased other albums that have worn out more than once. I also am reading Mosaic. This is a beautiful way to write just pieces of your life for those who want to know more about you, before we meet you in Heaven. With love in Christ, Kathy Banks and Family se rollins What is puzzling about the church is how it could have gone so far from the gospel. This song is the pure news, good and old, that there is a time to mourn, that Jesus Wept, that the Son of God who said “I will never leave you or forsake you” was Himself forsaken in His greatest hour of emotional and physical need. Alzhimer’s patients, Brain damaged children, Bipolar or not, we know love and honesty are the best we can have or hope for. Praise is good! has its place. Those who think its the only thing for a narcistic God are to be wept over. angela Pope I recently heard ths song and I did not realize that it would be a source of comfort to me. My Mom was recently in a car accident and broke several places in her neck. My dad is having several health issues and they are both in their 70′s. I am a very busy married mom of 4 living in a different state but I was blessed to spend a week with them in their hometown. After caring for both of them for a week I had to leave and was guilt ridden for having to leave. My dad’s prognosis was bleak. I had bonded with my mom for the first time in 40 years and wanted to continue to spend long awaited personal time with both my parents, But unfortunately I found myself powerless to change my location or theirs. I had to face the reality of their mortality andmy inability to help. Well it was more than I could bear. I fell into a state of depression where fear and panic became my best friends. Then one day while praying I kept hearing the song over and over in my head. I couldn’t shake it! I paid it little attention continued with the my daily duties. It was then when my son turned on his laptop and the song just started to play! He couldn’t figure out why the song began to play but knew! For the rest of the week i fasted and committed my parents to prayer but not the fear based prayers I was accostomed to praying but nakedly honest feelings and fears to the Lord and He met me! ” We pour out our miseries” but God truly does take joy in us coming to him with total surrender.Surrender of our fears, our plans, our ultimatims and our fears. He knows our hearts He justb wants us to know thghe truth and get to the nitty gritty behnd our cries and our concerns. It is truly better than a pretentious “God is good all the time”. Don’t misunderstand, He is good all the time but we must intimately experience Him and that truth individualy, openly and honestly. It is at that moment when we see the face of God.I don’t know if Amy will ever read this but I am grateful that she obediently recorded ths song. God Bless you Amy. angela Pope oops a couple of spelling errors there ! angela Pope I recently heard this song and I did not realize that it would be a source of comfort to me. My Mom was recently in a car accident and broke several places in her neck. My dad is having several health issues and they are both in their 70′s. I am a very busy married mom of 4 living in a different state but I was blessed to spend a week with them in their hometown. After caring for both of them for a week I had to leave and was guilt ridden for having to leave. My dad’s prognosis was bleak. I had bonded with my mom for the first time in 40 years and wanted to continue to spend long awaited personal time with both my parents, but unfortunately I found myself powerless to change my location or theirs. I had to face the reality of their mortality and my inability to help. Well it was more than I could bear. I fell into a state of depression where fear and panic became my best friends. Then one day while praying I kept hearing the song over and over in my head. I couldn’t shake it! I paid it little attention continued with my daily duties. It was then when my son turned on his laptop and the song just started to play! He couldn’t figure out why the song began to play but knew! For the rest of the week I fasted and committed my parents to prayer but not the fear based prayers I was accustomed to praying but nakedly honest feelings and fears to the Lord and He met me! “We pour out our miseries” but God truly does take joy in us coming to him with total surrender. Surrender of our fears, our plans, our ultimatums and our fears. He knows our hearts He just wants us to know the truth and get to the nifty gritty behind our cries and our concerns. It is truly better than a pretentious “God is good all the time”. Don’t misunderstand, He is good all the time but we must intimately experience Him and that truth individually, openly and honestly. It is at that moment when we see the face of God. I don’t know if Amy will ever read this but I am grateful that she obediently recorded this song. God Bless you Amy. Mahalah I love this song. When i need to remember that God loves me and when i am having a tough day, i just think of this song! Love, Family, Religion, etc. The song is beautiful but the messages and words ‘Angela hope’ and some others above and even Amy Grant need to be challenged. Any thinking person who engages religion sees immediately that it is all made up — god is not a man, nor is ‘he’ necessarily white or black or anything that we might have any idea of. The bible is riddled with errors and based on stories people created in order to make up meaning and control others and especially women. There have been thousands of religions in this world and they are all fake. The only reason many Americans think Christianity is great is because they are born into it and it has gone through reformations where the crazy ideas have been widdled down by secular advancements. The world needs strong people to espouse the importance of belief and love for family and science and community — not some random and false god or gods. We have one life to live on this amazing earth and it’s great songs like amy’s and us listeners all get to enjoy it in a special way together. When we lose someone we can remember them and realize that now we have to live for others too. Prosper Saye yeakula How beautiful it is to listen to Amy Grant songs, better than a hallelujah that stirs my spirit. may God bless the singer and writer of the song. Thanks: Prosper saye Yeakula Melina Draffen Beautiful, song, I get to sing this Sunday at our church. For me this song came at just the right time. I am going through something no one should have to go through ever. I was told to pick out a song and asked God to please help me. I was on my elliptical, listening to K-Love and AMy’s song came on, and I immediately knew that was what the Lord wanted me to sing, because I couldn’t speak a prayer at that time in my life, all I could do was cry out to Jesus from my heart. My soul was pouring out before God in honesty to help me. That song is so true, that point when I was crying out was better than a Hallelujah to my Lord, from me.