Surprising Praise for “The Magnificent” One

U2’s latest album No Line on the Horizon (2009) has a song called “Magnificent” (the album’s 2nd single).  You might suppose the title refers to something the songwriter thinks is particularly splendid like a great work of art, a glorious sunrise, or maybe a love relationship, but “magnificent” is not used as an adjective in the song to describe something else:  it is used as a proper noun.  The refrain in the chorus says, “Only love can leave can such a mark; only love can heal such a scar/Justified until we die, you and I will magnify the Magnificent.”  The lyrics of the song are plainly directed towards God and basically describe a profound conversion experience and a deep sense of awe towards God.  I encourage you to check it out and let me know what you think:

There are a number of recordings of it on YouTube.   This is the official video. I probably would not agree with some of Bono’s theological beliefs (he’s Catholic and seems to be a universalist with respect to religious diversity), but this song is one that has definitely pointed me towards God and even inspired worship.


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