17 January, 2007

Engaging God: A song that gets it right

Oh, it's not the only one, but I have whined about some songs, so I figured it was only fair to call out one that nails it. I've heard this one on the way home the past three days in a row, and each time it's been encouraging.

Third Day: Love Song

I've heard it said that a man would climb a mountain
Just to be with the one he loves
How many times has he broken that promise
It has never been done.
I've never climbed the highest mountain
But I walked the hill of calvary

Chorus:
Just to be with you, I'd do anything
There's no price I would not pay
Just to be with you, I'd give anything
I would give my life away.

I've heard it said that a man would swim the ocean
Just to be with the one he loves
How may times has he broken that promise
It can never be done
I've never swam the deepest ocean
But I walked upon the raging sea

Repeat chorus

(Bridge) I know that you don't understand
the fullness of My love
How I died upon the cross for your sins
And I know that you don't realize
how much that I gave you
But I promise, I would do it all again.

Just to be with you, I've done everything
There's no price I did not pay
Just to be with you, I gave everything
Yes, I gave my life away.


The thing is, it's true and it's useful.

We are, perhaps an overly romantic society, but this song leverages that romanticism and draws something useful out of it. I think it is wholly appropriate to draw the contrast between our greatest efforts at love and the reality of what we achieve, and then to trump both with the Christ's true devotion.

I think the saddest thing about great tragic romance stories is that we are wired to believe we should die for one another. I think we know at the deepest cores of our beings that love is worthy of our ultimate sacrifice. But every time we succeed at this fundamental love, one of us is dead. That's not good!

Jesus delivered everything there is to deliver of love. This song delivers Jesus' pleading of His case wonderfully.

I love it.

(And for any who want to chew on my idea of a song, I've got one up at TP now.)

3 comments:

Milly said...

I tend to surf when listening to the radio because of fluff this one will stop me from pushing the buttons.

Hugo said...

I've been a Third Day fan for seven years, great song.

Weekend Fisher said...

That's good stuff.