Feeling up to the challenge, I decided to go Old School today and tackle a method mastered by our colleague Darren Stevens – The IPod Shuffle Wednesday Word. It’s simple, activate “shuffle” on your IPod and the first song to come up determines the topic of the text.
Today: “Beloved” by Tenth Avenue North
A great song from the band’s debut album is often mistaken as a romantic love song. Actually, the context of the lyrics are a directive towards us as believers – the Bride. The song is sung from the perspective of the Groom. This is Christ singing to us – His Beloved.
I’m always intrigued by the bridge of a song. Here, the bridge addresses the unfaithfulness of a love gone wrong – looking in all the wrong places (different song). Yet in the end, Christ calls us back to Himself – kind of a Hosea for Gomer type of commitment.
You’re my beloved
Lover, I’m yours
And Death shall not part us
It’s you I died for
For better or worse
Forever we’ll be
My love it unites us and it binds you to me
It’s a mystery
In a world of disposable attractions, I find myself awestruck to recieve such loving devotion despite my affinity for poor decisions. “…Just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her.” Ephesians 5:25. Let the reality of that sink in and let the love of the Lord sing into our souls today – it might be just what our hearts need to hear.”