I suppose its high time for a love song to appear on this blog. One of the coolest things about music is its uncanny ability to express both sorrow and love. When a song captures the latter, it is obviously called a love song; and today’s selection is a beautiful love song from God to you.
Future of Forestry is the cryptic, but very Christian songwriting efforts of Eric Owyoung. Lyrically, FOF doesn’t spell out their beliefs and doctrine like many hymns do; but their ministry is well known – having planted a church in San Diego. Additionally, the name of the band comes a famed poem penned by C. S. Lewis.
“You” isn’t going to be a song that educates you with intelligent thoughts or sharpen you with a convicting message. What I hope it does do is simply remind you in an intimate, swooning way that God’s love for you is the greatest part of your existence. Here is a snapshot:
You are a promise, you are a song… I want you to know you’re the first thought, I want you to know the grace you’re made of, I want you to feel that you’re my dear… Deep as a valley, sweet as a stream, Dark as a storm cloud, and bright as a dream… I want you to know…
One of my favorite verses in the Old Testament comes from the obscure minor prophet, Zephaniah:
“The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17
And how about this picture from Isaiah:
“…and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.” – Isaiah 62:5
It is good to meditate on the real and emotional feelings of love that God has for His children. This is what was intended for us to think upon when Jesus told the parable of the prodigal son and the image of the father running to meet his wayward boy. God’s love is not like a divine, formless space that just accepts us out of pity. No, His love is like a perfect father who loves us with a warm embrace of strong, but gentle arms; a smile from his brilliant, gleeful face; honest, deep eyes that see you for all that you are and still wants more; and a true voice that trembles because of His overwhelming affection for you and laughs with pure joy when you come running to Him again!
God’s love is like this because we were made in His image. Everything we experience in this human life is patterned after His character and being. The examples of love we enjoy in this life from each other pales in comparison to what God feels for us! We miss out on the magnitude of this reality because of sin and because of the limitations of this earthly life. But these limitations will not always be. Listen to this astonishing revelation from J. I. Packer’s Knowing God:
“We have…made the point that God’s end in all things is His own glory – that He should be manifested, known, admired, adored. This statement is true, but it is incomplete. It needs to be balanced by a recognition that through setting His love on [people], God has voluntarily bound up His own final happiness with theirs. It is not for nothing that the Bible habitually speaks of God as the loving Father and Husband of His people. It follows from the very nature of these relationships that God’s happiness will not be complete till all His beloved ones are finally out of trouble…God was happy without [people] before [we] were made; He would have continued happy had He simply destroyed [us] after man sinned; but as it is He has set His love upon particular sinners, and this means that, by His own free voluntary choice, He will not know perfect and unmixed happiness again till He has brought every one of them to Heaven. He has in effect resolved that henceforth for all eternity His happiness shall be conditional upon ours.”
Deep thoughts. Deep Love. And, if Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, then all of these truths are related to you. You. He wants you to “know the grace that you’re made of.” He wants you to know that you are loved! Period.