I first found Joyner on Rihanna’s Instagram feed. Eventually I made my way over to his account, and I’m glad I did.
If you’re religious, when you first look at the video for “Devil’s Work” you may think “blasphemy”, but I think “brilliance”. This song reminds me of the Psalms. For those of you not familiar with the Psalms, it’s a book in the Bible featuring various poems or songs. The writer? King David, and others. The audience? God.
In reading the Psalms, I’ve always been captivated by the authors’ emotions. Although plenty of the psalms praise the divine, many express emotions such as frustration and disappointment. Listening to the “Devil’s Work”’s lyrics, I couldn’t help but think, “What would the Psalmist say after years of grief–the death of his heroes still fresh in his mind?” In light of the chaos and evil that seems to be thriving, too many of us are left behind, struggling to make sense of it all.