Gotta Serve Somebody

I will always remember the first time I heard Bob Dylan, I thought: This is the guy everyone talks about, he can’t even sing!?

Of course with a little age I realized that Dylan has…a unique voice… and his great gift is in the depth of his lyrics, and how the songs he wrote really did define a generation.  Am I a super fan of Dylan, no not really.  But I love a whole lot of his songs.

One Dylan album I really enjoy is his album Gotta Serve Somebody.  It is really an album of other gospel artists covering some of the songs Dylan wrote after he converted to Christianity during the late 70s; which was announced with the release of his album Slow Train Coming in ’79.  But Gotta Serve Somebody was released in 2003 and Dylan really only appears on a couple tracks.  Some of these songs you may recognize from Christian artists of today, such as Saved, as Third Day recorded it.  Gotta Serve Somebody’s lyrics speak to having an active faith and serving our Lord in all we do.  The highlights are Shirley Caesar singing, “Gotta Serve Somebody,” Aaron Neville’s sweet voice singing, “Saving Grace,” and the Chicago Mass Choir sanging, “Pressing On.”

Speaking of Pressing On, let’s look at those lyrics:

Pressing On

Well I’m pressing on
Yes, I’m pressing on
Well I’m pressing on
To the higher calling of my Lord

Many try to stop me, shake me up in my mind
Say, “Prove to me that He is Lord, show me a sign”
What kind of sign they need when it all come from within
When what’s lost has been found, what’s to come has already been?

Well I’m pressing on
Yes, I’m pressing on
Well I’m pressing on
To the higher calling of my Lord

Shake the dust off of your feet, don’t look back
Nothing now can hold you down, nothing that you lack
Temptation’s not an easy thing, Adam given the devil reign
Because he sinned I got no choice, it run in my vein

Well I’m pressing on
Yes, I’m pressing on
Well I’m pressing on
To the higher calling of my Lord

These lyrics challenge us to press on each day.  Days that are hard, when temptation strikes, when we fail – no matter we should always press on to that higher calling, and share the Love of Christ with all that we may meet.

Now I challenge you to listen to Regina McCrary & Chicago Mass Choir sing Pressing On and not be moved:

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