Worship song takes the world by storm: Covered by 100 choirs
When Elevation Worship and the worship leaders Cody Carnes and Kari Jobe released the song “The Blessing” in March, they probably could not imagine how well the song would be received.
The tune, which is featured on Elevation Worship’s newest album, “Graves Into Gardens,” peaked at number two on Billboard’s US Christian Songs chart and number four on Billboard’s US Digital Song Sales chart.
That makes “The Blessing” the highest-charting faith-based song on the latter chart in four years.
It does not stop there, though. Since its release five months ago, more than 100 virtual choirs from all over the world have covered the song.
That includes choirs from Hawaii, the UK, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Australia, Malaysia, Sweden, Nigeria, India, Argentina, Lebanon and many more. In that connection, the song has also been translated into French, Arabic, Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese and several other languages.
Inspired by the Bible
The song’s lyrics are inspired by the benediction in Numbers 6:24-26, where God told Moses to tell Aron to pray over God’s people.
The verse goes like this:
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
Kari Jobe, who wrote the song with Cody Carnes among others, said that the lyrics illustrate the heart of the Father over us as his kids. He stated this at an Elevation Church campus in North Carolina prior to the first live performance of the song in March.
Kari Jobe invited the audience to receive the song as a blessing over them, their families and their children.
“I have cried so many times”
The fact that the song has become so popular across the world has moved Kari Jobe.
“I have cried so many times as I have watched different people all over the world declaring the blessing over their families, their churches and their nations. That brings so much peace, especially in a season of disappointment, uncertainty and fear like we have all been walking through this year,” she said.
The Bible website Bible Gateway has reported a 73% rise in searches for Numbers 6:24-26 and related passages containing the word “blessing” since the release of the song.
At the time of writing, “The Blessing” had more than 22 million views on YouTube. You can listen to the song below.
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