The Word in the Bible hits different when it’s sung. Especially when you’re going through it — it, being things that make you go UGH. “Something happens when you say the words,” as Todd Dulaney, who recently released his Back to the Book EP, put it.
The word is strengthening on its own, but singing the scripture can be quite chilling when alike songs strike the right chord.
In Back to the Book, a 3-track project that highlights Proverbs 3, Psalms 18 and Psalms 23, Dulaney draws attention to action words in the Bible with melodic chants that mirror to-do’s we’re encouraged to live by as believers:
1. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not unto your own understanding.”
2. “The Lord is my pillar and my fortress. My deliverer. My God. My rock in whom I take refuge. He is my shield. And the heart of my salvation. He’s my high tower. I will call on the name of the Lord, who is worthy to be praised.”
3. “Ye though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for the Lord is my rod and my staff. He’s a strong tower. [He is] strong and mighty … He’s a mighty fortress. I can depend on The mighty fortress. He’s a solid rock. On the solid rock I stand. All of the ground is sinking now … goodness and mercy shall follow me all of my days. I will dwell in your house.”
Did you catch those chills yet?!
The notions are simple and the words are powerful, yet, as much as they are simple and powerful, they’re also easy to skate by.
Dulaney’s new body of music comes at a perfect time when worldly distractions are at an all-time high. With social media, mad TV, bedside baptist church streaming, pop-up notifications and more at our fingertips, it’s so easy to even forget to look at the Word. Usually it’s not until we hit that UGH moment that we reach back for it. But Todd’s message is clear: God’s promises are forever.
As the Bible stands as the best-selling book in history, Dulaney’s latest lyrics that pull from it word-for-word are sang with hopes that people really see it for what it is.
“I’m not one of those Bible scholars that just knows the Bible in and out. I’m somebody who found that I’m successful when I stick with this power,” he says. “I’m trying to get everybody everywhere to understand the power in this book.”
Well, mission accomplished. Presenting the Bible in song, he says, is making people want to read.
“People are either going home [after shows] to make sure I got it right, or they’re going home to really study it out. Either way, it’s causing people to get in the Word and that’s a win, win,” he says.
In our interview below, Todd Dulaney explains why he’s proud and unashamed to be remembered as someone who opened the Bible up on a performance stage and pushed people to read and sing it. Back To The Book only includes three live songs from moments when he did that, but he promises more are on the way.