The OhOh Song

Like all toddler/preschoolers my boy can be a bit obsessive about things from time to time. He frequently will not leave the house without a random “object of necessity”…a pillowcase, a can of mushrooms, a toothbrush AND a Bible, the vacuum cleaner (he may have been commenting on the state of the car with that one). It’s funny and random and I roll with it. The rules remain loose, unless Momma needs to wear it under her clothing, you can take it with you (seems fair…and legal).

There is one song however, that we MUST listen to nonstop, everyday, the ENTIRE time we are in the car. The “Oh-Oh” song, IE: We Are The Free by Matt Redman. His face absolutely lights up when track 1 turns on: “Momma! This is it! This is the song we’ve been waiting for!”

We Are The Free

We’re the forgiven, singing redemption’s song
There’s a fire that burns inside
A fire that burns inside
Nothing can stop us
We’ll be running through the night
With a fire that burns inside
A fire that burns inside

We are the free, the freedom generation
Singing of mercy
You are the One who set us all in motion
Yours is the glory
There’s a fire in our hearts and it burns for You
It’s never gonna fade away
We are the free, and Yours is the glory
Oh, oh, ohhhh, oh, oh oh…

We are the risen, living alive in You
And our passion will not die
No, our passion will not die
Nothing can stop us
We’ll be running through the night
And our passion will not die
No, our passion will not die

Up from the grave He rose again
Up from the grave He rose and we will
Rise up, rise up
Into the world that You so love
Into the world we go and we will
Rise up, rise up

We are the free, and Yours is the glory

He keeps time and ‘sings’ along inserting the signs we’ve invented to go with most of the lyrics; his favorite part is pumping his finger towards the sky yelling ‘Yours is the glory!’

I tried so hard to get frustrated with the repetition of the song as I’m convinced we’ve listened to it 4 gazillion times. I’m sure if it were Elmo or Raffi I would have jabbed a fork in my ears already. But I can’t seem to get overwhelmed by this song and it thrills my heart that it is Isaac’s favorite. My three & a half year old has memorized the Gospel through this tune — Jesus rose from the grave, we are free, we sing of your mercy and give You the glory. Isn’t THAT the Lord’s love for us & call to evangelism in the simplest of terms? Why do we try to complicate something so simple, so pure with a labyrinth of theology and legalism? My Isaac responds to these words 90 times a day with the joy and passion of a Saved Soul. Shouldn’t I as well??


Singing "oh oh" at the beach

Singing “oh oh” at the beach



Isaac ‘sings’ his song in the middle of Target (I’ve learned to let my pride go and do the same); he signs it to his speech therapist, who has now had to learn the words (the Gospel!) to sign along with him; and he has taught his little friends at school to follow along as he leads them in circle time worship. He officially has a “fire that burns in side that nothing can stop”. Oh — and when this song pops up during Sunday worship, he sits back in awe. You can read it in his face…”they ALL know our song?!!” They sure do, buddy. We are the free, and His is the glory!


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