Friday, December 13, 2013

love gushes

"Who is this who looks down like the dawn, beautiful as the moon, bright as the sun, awesome as an army with banners?" 

Song of Solomon 6:10

Love songs are full of hyperbole, stretching the limits of metaphor and simile past even the elastic ability of human language to convey emotion. That is the power of love. And to see it in scripture frankly encourages me. I think it means more Christian artists should write love songs rather than default to  the chore of churning out assembly line contemporary worship stuff. One thing is for certain, humans love to be loved. God loves us. We should love each other. And the attraction between a man and wife is proof of love's pwer to fill our hearts with great feelings and gushy romance.

Of course the beauty of the Song of Solomon is that under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit every sappy emotion-filled love song is given some credence! It is OK to celebrate this in humanity. The Song of Solomon does so with great freedom. And love is the great human emotion... even worldlings may rejoice in it.

Romance leads Solomon to compare the radiance of his bride to a morning sunrise, the full moon's compelling glowing beauty, and the powerful breath-taking majesty of an army marching in full battle array.  Yeah, this love song is definitely over the top. But that is what love does... it takes us further than we would rationally consider going!

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