Thursday, May 14, 2009

Silly Love Songs

You know, something I've been thinking for a while now... every song about love - whether current or lost (i.e.: blues) is a reflection of the bridegroom calling out for his bride (be she faithful - or be she Gomer) - those He has called to Himself. The essence of the message one brings in a love song - is the same as His invitation back to relationship with Him. In that - i can find great inspiration even in secular songs - 'cause they reflect the author of love - even in the limited understanding of the writer.

Think about it - when someone sings "love will keep us alive" - how much more true can that be? The author of love is also the author of life. Look at these lyrics by the Eagles rock band - I bet they had no idea they were basically giving the gospel - the very essence of the call to relationship with God...

I was standing
All alone against the world outside
You were searching
For a place to hide
(was this not what Christ did? stood against the broken world we now live? Hasn't mankind always looked for a king, leader, messiah, strongman, superman, Savior)

Lost and lonely
Now you've given me the will to survive
When we're hungry...love will keep us alive


Don't you worry
Sometimes you've just gotta let it ride
The world is changing
Right before your eyes
Now I've found you
There's no more emptiness inside
When we're hungry...love will keep us alive

I would die for you
Climb the highest mountain
Baby, there's nothing I wouldn't do

(again - did not Christ go to the top of the mountain and resist the temptations offered Him? Did He not die for you?)

I was standing
All alone against the world outside
You were searching
For a place to hide
Lost and lonely
Now you've given me the will to survive
When we're hungry...love will keep us alive
When we're hungry...love will keep us alive
When we're hungry...love will keep us alive

While I admit freely - every line in every love song doesn't apply. But listen to a few songs - even listen to the heartbreak and misery of a real blues ballad - and you can hear the Master calling for the restoration of the broken relationship. Its there - just under the melody - or floating just above it. Listen carefully - you never know where you will encounter that which you most desire. The fulfilling relationship of the Bridegroom who loves you and would rather die than be without you.