"Consider the Ravens" as written by and Dustin Michael Kensrue....
I've got bills to pay, tax man on my tail
Just keep prayin' that the check's in the mail
There are times it seems every thing's lost
And I'm moaning, I'm tossed and I see

Between the river and the ravens I'm fit
Between oblivion and places I'm there
So Father give me faith, providence and grace
Between the river and the ravens I'm fit
Sweet deliver, oh You lift up my head
And lead me in Your way

I've grown sick and tired of trying to stand still
Time to let the wind pull me where it will
Throw myself into the will of the wait
I can never be great 'til we're free

Between the river and the ravens I'm fit
Between oblivion and places I'm there
So Father give me faith, providence and grace
Between the river and the ravens I'm fit
Sweet deliver, oh You lift up my head
And lead me in Your way

Although I'm walking through the valley of the shadow of death
Evil's all around, it's coming from the right and the left
Trust that I will see the glory above
Oh, Your banner of love flies over me

Between the river and the ravens I'm fit
Between oblivion and places I'm there
So Father give me faith, providence and grace
Between the river and the ravens I'm fit
Sweet deliver, oh You lift up my head
And lead me in Your way

Between the river and the ravens I'm fit
Sweet deliver, oh You lift up my head
And lead me in Your way



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"Consider the Ravens" as written by Dustin Michael Kensrue

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    General CommentI think the main theme of the song is that life can be difficult sometimes and when we face these tribulations, it's best to ask God for guidance and direction.
    I think there is also a reference to Elijah from the Bible. There is a story where Elijah had to drink water from a brook and ravens came and fed him.

    I believe the lyrics of the chorus are actually:
    Between the river and the ravens I'm fed
    Between oblivion and the places i've been
    richunlimitedon January 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's actually:

    "between the river and the ravens i'm fed
    between oblivion and the blazes i'm led"

    I got the CD today and looked at the lyrics, which are all incredible...

    And yeah i think its a reference to Luke 24(?)
    playitloud253on February 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAlso 1 King 17
    nocturnedelighton February 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLuke 12:24 "Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!"
    andalornon February 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song. I'm not a religious person but his songs are very... I'm not sure how to put it so ill just say "believing". Great with Thrice, and just as great solo, i won't put one above the other. Just an amazing song on top of an amazing album.
    IntoTheNighton March 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe entire song is about feeling down, life's lows, and asking god to help him see it through. however one part of the song is somewhat different:

    "I've grown sick and tired
    of trying to stand still
    I've learned to let the wind
    pull me where it will"

    i am guessing, he is using the wind as conformity.
    he has tried to go against what everyone else is doing, but now he is conforming.

    also,

    "Throw myself into
    the will of the wait
    I can never be great
    'til we're free"

    talks about liberty.
    ilovethrice123on March 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti signed up with this website just for this post..... i have seen several interviews with dustin on this cd and he sticks to the his guns on one thing, he has always had a constant battle with god he doesn't know if he is real or something programmed into his mind and he likes to express that, so anyone who thinks this is a christian cd or all about god that fact is incorrect but you are always entitled to your own opinion...
    hemsion November 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWow, hemsi, if you could provide us with links to those interviews, that would be really awesome. Because i actually see this song as a really mature, developed Christian message. And it's clear from the numerous Biblical references (in this song and all his songs), Dustin has a very complete knowledge of the Bible. For example, I see in this song references to 1 Kings 17 1-6, Luke 12:24, Psalm 23:4 Song of Solomon 2:4, and maybe others... Nonetheless, I will offer my interpretation of this song.

    I actually see this song as Dustin admitting to how much he tries to do things on his own instead of trusting on God.

    The first and third verses can be summed up as the "Sin of Worry" (realtime.net/~wdoud/topics/…). Dustin has so much on his mind ("bills to pay/taxman on my tail" and "evil's all around/ it's coming from the right and the left") that he can't even sleep at night ("everything's lost/ i'm moaning, i'm tossed"). I'm sure we've all felt this way before, when we get so overwhelmed with things that we can't fall asleep. And how do we resond? The typical way is to pray that "the check's in the mail." In other words, we think of God as some special genie that will give us the things that we want when we think to ask for them.

    But Dustin clearly does not adhere to this opinion. "Between the river and the ravens I'm fed" is, as was mentioned earlier, a reference to Elijah from 1 Kings 17. By making this reference, Dustin is saying, "Why am I worrying? God already promised to provide all these things. Even if I don't see them right now, I know that I am fed." But even Dustin sees this as hard to believe. "So father give me faith" is Dustin's prayer to God to say that I don't need the thing right now, I just need faith to know that you will provide for all my needs.

    If I'm reading the lyrics right, Dustin has a surprising amount of hope that God will respond. "Trust that I will see/ the glory above/oh, your banner of love/ flies over me," which is a reference to Song of Solomon 2:4, is Dustin talking to God telling Him to just wait, he will see God's love for him in due time. How many times have we said this to people who are worried about us? "Trust me, I will see how helpful you've been to me in awhile, even though I don't see it right now."

    The second verse can be summed up as the "Sin of Sloth" (trushare.com/33FEB98/…) or idleness. In this sin, it's not that we're lazy - in fact, we might be really busy! It's just that we are focused (or busy) with the wrong things and, as a result, we don't grow. God has gifted us with talents and abilities that he wishes to use for His Kingdom and it isn't until we freely give up those gifts to Him ("I've learned to let the wind/pull me where it will") that we will experience freedom in Him.

    Finally, the title of the song (Consider the Ravens) is a reference to, as was mentioned earlier, Luke 12:24. In this parable, Jesus is telling his disciples not to worry. He does this by saying that God gives even the ravens the things that they need - if God loves you more than birds, why do you think he will not follow through for you?

    Yes, this song is marked by doubt and even a lack of faith. But, as Jesus made it clear in Matthew 17:20, it's not the SIZE of the faith that is important because even a mustard seed-sized amount of faith is enough. Instead, it's where your faith is: is your faith in your ability to please God? Is it in your own righteousness? Or is your faith in the fact that God loves you even in complete knowledge of what you do, and will provide for you?

    Even though we might not see it, we can take confidence from scripture that God cares more about us than even we do. And it seems to me that Dustin understands this.
    wtm17on December 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI havent seen any of the interview that thrice 23 is talking about, but i have seen some where the interviewer asks him about the spirtality and relgion asspect of his writting and he clearly gets kinda restless. I wouldnt doubt he struggles wit the god asspect for a sewcond. Kensrue is a great singer/songwritter of our time. He clearly has some sort spirtuality and religion in him. i saw on interview where he was actually asked if he considered his music to be christian music. All kensrue would really saw was that he didnt agree with the classification of what cristion music is considered (pharaphrase on my part)
    travmiller13on August 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the lyrics are "I've learned to let the wind BLOW me where it will" this speaks of the Holy Spirits leading in our lives, because like what wtm17 was saying is that we try to take control of situations we possibly can't because we're scared and insecure, we can' put our faith in ourselves but in Jesus, Dustin was resisting before but now He's learning to go with the flow of the Holy Spirit, he doesn't know exactly where he is going but he doesn't need 2 worry cuz God is faithful and true, He provides(providence) and will empower us supernaturally with His grace. and I think it is"Sweet Deliverer"
    k1ssesHiswordon August 14, 2008   Link

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