If A Tree Claps In A Forest And No One Actually Hears It, Is It OK for Sufjan Stevens to Write A Song About It?

So, on a lark, I decided to Google the phrase “the trees of the field will clap their hands” because of the tune “Ye Shall Go Out With Joy” that the ICC worship team pulled out for the 1st Sunday of Advent.

What I found was a Youtube video of a song by Sufjan Stevens, a song called “All the Trees Will Clap Their Hands.”

Now, I understand the Scripture reference (Isaiah 55). And I kind of understand the lyrics, a little. What I don’t understand is what’s happening in this video. Or, more to the point, the meaning behind it. What’s the drinking, and the shower, and water, have to do with trees and clapping?

Hmm… after reviewing that chapter of Isaiah again, I’m convinced that it has to do with water, and the Word. But I still think I’m missing something. Either that, or this video is just not that interesting.

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