THE SACROSANCT CONSPECTUS OF “YE OBUA MI”: JOE METTLE’S TESTIMONY-BASED MUSICAL VARIATION OF PSALMS 121
The Review: Joe Mettle – Ye Obua Mi
The inseparable bond between Christianity and sacred music is eminent as music is a powerful tool that beautifies Christian liturgy yet its heavenly effect is mysterious when effectively used. In Ghana, choral and contemporary gospel music has always been blessed with artistic composers, lyricists, and singers such as Min. OJ (Michael Oware Sakyi), the late Danny Nettey, James Varrick Armaah, Newlove Annan, Prof. Yaw Sekyi Baidoo, Emmanuel Owusu, KODA (Kofi Owusu Dua Anto), Sam Asare Bediako, George Mensah Essilfie, Daughters of Glorious Jesus, Abaawa Mary, Cindy Thompson, Amy Newmann, Stella Seal, Hannah Marfo, Yaw Sarpong, Mary Ghansah, McAbraham, Pr. Joe Becham, Rev. YABS among others.
The aforementioned gospel musicians have kept most Christians on their feet with their beautiful renditions as their songs remind them of their stance in the great controversy between God and Satan. Significant to Christian music in Ghana is Minister Joe Mettle, whose music ingenuity is once again depicted in his composition. Currently, Minister Joe Mettle is one leading folk in the contemporary gospel music fraternity in Ghana and his musicality is viewed as a ministry. Having chanced on an opportunity to listen to his new single, I paused to meditate on the words and to my amazement, a reminiscence of God’s grace purred into my thought. When the abyss handcuffs us physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally, God descends from the hill to be our help – indeed, Our God, He is alive.
The Biblical view of “Ye Obua Mi”
The 121st chapter of the book of Psalms insinuates an utterance of prayer during distress. Psalms 121 is considered as “a song of ascents” as many biblical scholars suggest that it was a song sung by the Hebrew pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem. The song revived their spirits about God’s forever aid to them throughout their expedition full of torments and problematic inundation.
A comparative analysis of “Ye Obua Mi” and Psalms 121
The contextual explanation of Psalms 121 defines the acknowledgment of God as the incomparable lifesaving helper during an emotional situation of a destitute living creature. Critical to the scene is the disavowal of humane intervention that reiterates the powerlessness of humanity during hardships. However, the Psalmist describes His Creator’s parental demeanor of eternal incumbency in relation to the submission laid, thus the Father is deprived of slumber and lateness prior to approbating a heavenly hand to His child – “He will not suffer thy foot to be moved; He that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: The Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.” In effect, genuine happiness in form of grace and provision is garnered by the debilitated soul who, in hopelessness, bowed before the throne of God for help as God becomes his keeper.
The last three (3) verses of Psalms 121 is realistic anticipation of reliance on God and a victory won in the future yet shown presently to the needy; what an utter triumph! Though some Christians may say “God is late.” – yes, an earthly weakness of humanity’s perception about God’s response. Mysteriously, the human’s view of God’s lateness is a solution in disguise – Hallelujah!
“Ye Obua Mi” – Our Present-Day Worship
“Ye Obua Mi” is a gospel song composed in Ga, an indigenous language in Ghana, and it translates in the English language as “Help Me”. The magnitude of the song is mysteriously comprehended due to the language used; and with its stylistic nature, the song evokes an atmosphere of prayerful worship to God around the world via the Holy Spirit; thus elucidating the concept of music as a universal language.
According to the press release by Joe Mettle, “Ye Obua Mi” is the first single from His anticipated album which will be released soon.
Truly, the sacrosanct nature of “Ye Obua Mi” yields tranquility prior to its corresponding prayer.
Source: Enoch Gyimah (Gospel Spotlight GH)