Ranked top 10 DC Talk songs of all time: 5 – 1

Coming up with a top 10 list for DC Talk is like deciding which holiday I love the second most (first is obviously Christmas). Or which niece I love more. It’s an impossible task! But just like my nieces, each one of these songs is amazing and fantastic, and while I can’t rank the nieces, I can rank the songs. Check out numbers 10 through 6 by clicking here. And now, along with the album in parentheses, here are my top 5…

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5. The Hardway (Free At Last)
I’m as stubborn as they come, so when this song came out I was relieved to know I wasn’t the only one. It was also very encouraging to hear about God’s forgiveness and patience!

Favorite lyric: “It took so long for me to see, that I’m a victim of nature and me, Left to myself I realize, I am the maker of my own demise.”


4. The King (Allelujah) (DCTalk)

This song just makes me feel good. It’s off their self-titled debut album. I’ve always loved the rap from Toby, the smooth gospel voices of Kevin of Michael, and, of course, the truth in the lyrics. I also love the heavy guitar presence in this one! Makes me want to dance I my PJs!

Favorite lyric: “As she fell to the ground, she began to weep. Heard a voice and turned to hear the Savior speak. Christ the Messiah, risen up from the dead. He’s alive, she cried, like the prophesy read. It’s a story of my Savior, a reason to sing. Allelujah, come on, Christ is King!”


3. Heavenbound (DCTalk)

I was in middle school in Stafford, VA when DC Talk’s first album came out and this was my favorite song from that album. I think it was the trumpets that got me, as I was a trumpet player from 4th to 7th grades 🙂

Favorite lyric: “Opportunity knocks through a different love. Not love like we know it, like ya love your girl. It’s a love from above not of this world.”

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2. Jesus Freak (Jesus Freak)
This could easily be their best song ever as it relates to mainstream acceptance and declaring what some would use as an insult. Me, a Jesus Freak? Why yes, I am! The song itself is a great example of mosh pit worthy rock music, with unashamed lyrics that speak to your soul.

Favorite lyric: “With skins on his back and hair on his face, they thought he was strange by the locusts he ate. The Pharisees tripped when they heard him speak, until the king took the head of this Jesus freak.”


1. I Wish We’d All Been Ready (Jesus Freak CD single)

I first heard this one night at a Bible study as a high schooler in Miami, Florida. It was part of a video we were watching and instantly, I was captivated by the harmonies and the message. It was different than the DC Talk I knew, and it made me love the band even more. Plus, Kevin’s voice is incredible.

Favorite lyric: “A man and wife asleep in bed, she hears a noise and turns her head he’s gone. I wish we’d all been ready.”

 


 
So there you have it! If you were to make your own list, there could be 10 different songs on it, and the list would be just as valid. Just about every song can relate to someone in one way or another, which is why they were such an influential band in the 90s. Since then, Toby, Michael, and Kevin have had success as solo artists, so for fun, here’s my list of a few favorites from their individual efforts…

TobyMac:
Lights Shine Bright / Let’s Get This Party Started / Gone

Kevin Max:
The Cross / When He Returns / Seek

Michael Tait:
Unglued / All You Got / His Cheeseburger

-Out of the Wilderness

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Being punished by God

Do you ever feel like you’re being punished by God? I had one of those experiences recently, and I’m so glad it didn’t last long. In those couple of days one thing I found interesting is that I had anger towards God. And that, my friends, is me admitting I’m not very spiritually mature. To think about it another way, try remembering when one of your parents grounded you. More times that not, we were instantly mad at our parents, right? Forget whatever we did wrong, that was totally beside the point! How dare mom or dad discipline us and RUIN OUR LIVES!!!!!!!
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“I turned my back on everything that was true.”

That’s the same way I acted when I felt like I was being punished by God. I was all like, “Wassup with that, God?” “Why me?” “Why don’t you care?” And God was all like, “Read the Bible!” “Isaiah 58.” “Chump!” OK, OK, not in those exact words but I opened up to Isaiah 58 and yowza, a scolding. A brief recap: God’s people were wondering why He didn’t seem to care about them (this happened quite a bit with them). They did this or that thinking it’s what God wanted. But He called them out on it, with beautiful clarity and insight. That’s the first half of the chapter, anyway. It goes on to offer what God desired from them, and for them. It’s sweet, actually, and very encouraging. After reading that chapter, I saw my attitude for what it really was: sour, unjustified, and immature.

“Left to myself I realize / I am the maker of my own demise.”

I was upset with God when I should’ve been upset with myself. What I blamed Him for was actually just a consequence of my own shortcoming. And while He may have allowed it to happen, feeling like punishment to me, it might have simply been Him using the consequences as discipline. Like if you’re a parent, maybe you did’t save your child from getting suspended when they got caught skipping school or whatever. Know what I mean? They reaped (rept? rooped?) what they had sown. It’s a chance for them to learn something, even if it’s the hard way.

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“Some people gotta learn the hardway.”

This experience was a low moment, but I hope I never forget it because man, God is so good. He hung with me through it and even had a blessing for me on the other side. Totally unfair. A blessing. I was all like, “Really?” and God was all like, “Really.”

Not in those exact words. 🙂

-Out of the Wilderness