When God created music he created something that was greater than the sum of its parts. French musician Charles Munch said, “Music is an art that expresses the inexpressible.” The alchemy that takes place when melody, harmony, rhythm, and lyric come together defies explanation.
Only a Creator as great as God could take these different pieces and blend them together in ways that speak to emotions deeper than we can name. I think that’s why songs about God’s love are so important. God’s love itself is also something beyond what we can understand or explain.
It’s the kind of love that will intercede for us when we can’t find the words to pray. (Romans 8:26,27)
Communicating God’s Love
Our Creator longs to communicate his love for us. He demonstrates that in a dazzling variety of ways – through the beauty of creation, the feel of the sunshine on our skin, the laughter of good friends, and the blessing of Holy Scripture, just to name a few.
But in my experience, nothing communicates God’s love in the deepest part of me like music. It touches places in me where simply nothing else can go. It can eloquently speak my most exuberant joy or my most despairing sadness. I’m reminded of the scripture that says, “If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” (Psalm 139:8)
That’s where music goes. But perhaps even more importantly, it can speak to us in the in-between places. Music can speak to us in amongst the layers of gray where it can become difficult to even know ourselves. Songs about God’s love can help us to navigate those indefinable places with the assurance that we are understood – that we are not alone.
While God can and does speak through the mystery of notes and chords sometimes the lyrics themselves can actually put into words God’s profound love for us.
I wrote Child of Mine for a friend who was feeling unworthy of God’s love. This simple and direct song assures the listener that the God who created us delights in us.
Child of mine
I smile when I think of you
and how I knit you together
in your mother’s womb…
So often people feel judged by others and live in fear their secrets may become known. In Hope Will Rise Again the God who knows every secret shares a message not of condemnation, but of healing and new life.
I’m not here to punish you
I’m not here to condemn
I’m here to heal your heart
So hope will rise again…
Wounded Angel was written for a friend whose daughter was going through a very dark time. The song that assures us that we are still God’s child no matter how far off course we may have wandered. The invitation to come home is a standing invitation.
Still my pride and joy
Still the one that I adore
Still my heart’s delight
You are all of that and more…
All of these songs are written from the perspective of God in the first person.
Some might wonder how a songwriter would dare to presume what God would “say.” For me the answer is simple. To use lyrics to share the heart of God as demonstrated in the message of the Gospels is no more blasphemous than to have different Biblical translations.
I hope that you are blessed as you listen to these songs about God’s love. Most of all, I hope they speak into your heart the truth of God’s love for you.