How God is Using Christian Artist Kari Jobe’s ‘The Blessing’ Amid COVID-19
By Movieguide® Staff
After her first album debuted in 2009, Christian singer and songwriter Kari Jobe has sold over 1.4 million albums, was nominated for a Grammy Award, won multiple Dove awards, and tours with her husband, Cody Carnes.
However, COVID-19 derailed Jobe’s plans for a new album. Instead, the couple teamed with the band Elevation Worship to release a song called “The Blessing.” The song rocketed to the top of the charts, and Jobe said she wanted “this song to be an anthem in this season, keeping people connected and unified… I’ve been very moved.”
Jobe’s pursuit of honoring the Lord through music began at a young age.
“I grew up in a Christian home. My parents were in ministry and I spent so much of my time at church. It was all I knew and I loved it—I loved worship and music,” Jobe told GuidePost. “When I was 10 years old, I was sitting in the back of my parent’s van and a song I loved came on; I had this revelation that people can use music to say things to God. That a song can be a prayer. I remember whispering to God that one day I wanted to write music that helped people pray.”
Jobe recalled that they wrote the song based on Numbers 6 and God’s promise to bless and keep his children.
“We wrote the song in late February 2020. For us, this song came from the things we’d heard all our lives in the church, specifically, a section of [The Book of] Numbers 6, which says ‘The Lord bless you and keep you…’ This is an age-old blessing from God over the people. This song came out of our desire to write about this passage,” Jobe said.
“As we wrote the first verse, the bridge just started to happen, and we wrote about some of God’s blessings. And the truths we said just became lyrics. Sometimes, I almost felt like we didn’t write it. I felt like we were just a part of it [being written].”
However, Jobe, her husband Cody Carnes, and Elevation Worship had no idea how relevant “The Blessing” would be for people struggling during 2020.
“We felt this song was special and that we needed to get it out quickly, but we didn’t understand why. It’s hard to get something like this out fast, but we worked hard and released the song on March 6th on YouTube. The following Friday, the pandemic [shutdown] hit America,” Jobe recalled. “Then we understood why we felt so compelled to get it out.”
Even as the song comforts millions of people, Jobe said the song also ministered to her heart.
“In my toughest moments during this, when I’m tired or sad or anxious, I’ve whispered the words to myself. I’ve used it as a prayer. I’ve sung it while rocking my baby son to sleep. Even when I don’t feel it, this song has reminded me that God is there for me,” Jobe said.
Jobe also shared her favorite lines from the song, which discuss God’s steadiness even when human circumstances change.
“There’s a line in the song that goes, ‘In your weeping, and rejoicing, He is for you.’ This line applies to so many areas of my heart. It means that we have seasons of weeping or seasons of joy, but God is still with us. We wanted to write a song around all the blessings we believed and prayed over ourselves. We just didn’t know that we’d need all those [blessings] all at once and all of a sudden [with Covid],” Jobe said.