Welcome to this installment of The DIVE Series* with DJ Expander. With the seventh installment of this series, I am starting this month with a review of an absolute banger of a song. Last month, I reviewed SLEEPIN! by nobigdyl. and Closer by Hulvey featuring Torey D’Shaun. Today, I will dive into God Good by rap artist Caleb Gordon.
“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.” - 1 Corinthians 15:1-2
About the Single
Dropped on August 14th, 2022, the track God Good has a theme that heavily promotes the Gospel without unneeded religiousness. Plenty of bars that blew me away, so I hope it does the same for you!
Interpretation of the Single
God Good is a mid-length single for a hip-hop track with just over two-and-a-half minutes of content, but I will endeavor to clearly and concisely convey this song’s apparent and potential meanings.
Let’s dive into the track! The chorus begins with:
“God good, and my money good. And my fam good, and my girl good. And my friends good. Everything good. And we never spoil, like a canned good. I don’t gotta act. I ain’t in the hood. I ain’t from the hood. But they still love me, cause the music good.”
The beginning of the chorus lets the audience know that he has a very positive and honest outlook on life. He has found truth in the Gospel and life in Christ. I will elaborate on these topics later.
Caleb finalizes the chorus by saying,
“Say you coulda done it. Shoulda, woulda, could. I ain’t superstitious. I ain’t knocking wood. I am not religious. Is that understood? I am not religious. Is that understood?”
At the end of the chorus, he conveys that you don’t need to be “religious” or “pious” to be a genuine follower of Jesus Christ. He also mentions that he is not superstitious and promotes the idea that Christians must rely on Christ alone, not on pious-sounding superstitions or religiousness.
Caleb bounces off of the chorus into the start of the first verse by saying,
“Do you get it though. I don’t do the rituals. They ain’t hear me, so I had to give them visuals. Big God, but I had to keep it minimal. You don’t need a lot when you’re standing on them principles. Florida where its hot, but the rain come in intervals. I was simpin’ simpin’ back when Kendrick dropped the swimming pools. Now my mission is different, cause He winning, made my vision new.”
Caleb emphasizes that to follow Jesus, you don’t need to partake in artificial traditions or religious rituals. You don’t need all that when standing on the Bible’s principles and what Jesus taught. Additionally, he mentions how Jesus made his vision new. Caleb has become a different man thanks to his faith in Christ and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
“Ima king. Sober mind, who I give it to. Who I listen to When your down deep in sin who going to visit you. When you get a new crib who going to live with you. When you get a new whip who going spin with you. Father, Son, Spirt, those are all Him. Father, Son, Spirt, All three of them. Father, Son, Spirt, those are all Him. Father, Son, Spirt, He’s all three.”
Caleb promotes having a sober mind unto God. He also includes the fact that God (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is omniscient and unfailingly loves us.
In the outro of the song, he hits us with a few more bars, essentially saying,
“I don’t get it though. Why you over spiritual? Jesus told the demon leave and the demon gone. Why you extra? That is not God… Why you shaking that. That is not God… That don’t do nothing. That is not God. You need to stop it.”
At this point in the song, he speaks directly to the people who partake in many man-made traditions. They consider themselves “religious” to look “pious.” The people he is talking to do not keep Jesus and the teachings of God’s Word as the main component of their walk. Instead, they turn to unessential practices that aren’t even Biblical.
He finalizes the track by saying,
“Now let’s go praise God. Let’s go praise God. Let’s go praise God. Let’s go praise God. Let’s go praise God.”
Praising Jesus is crucial in every Christian’s walk with God and is way more critical than artificial superstitions, religious traditions, or nonbiblical rituals.
God Good is a single by Caleb Gordon. The production of the song is currently unknown m as that information is not in the credits of the song. At the time of this writing, this track had over 185,000 streams on Spotify nearly three months after its release. Caleb Gordon has done phenomenal work conveying the primary points of this track’s message:
It is not essential for genuine followers of Jesus to be “religious” or superstitious to look “pious” to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. It is, however, essential to believe in Jesus and the story of what He did for us (the Gospel) to be genuine followers of Christ.
As mentioned in the verse of the day, 1 Corinthians 15:1-2, “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.”
1 Corinthians 15 is about keeping Jesus and the story of what He has done (the Gospel), the main thing as Christians. Staying rooted in Jesus and His Word (including the Gospel) is essential for Caleb Gordon as a child of the King.
It is equally crucial for us as followers of Jesus to keep Jesus and the principles of the Bible (including the Gospel) as the main components in our walk with God without getting too hung up about being “religious” or “pious.”
About The DIVE Series*
In this series, I DIVE into the apparent and potential meanings of Christian Hip Hop singles, albums, and EPs.
In Special Edition installments of the series, I interview the artist(s) involved to get an exact idea of the true meaning of their art.
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**Hear the full God Good audio at the end of the article!**
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