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Daily Devotional | Sing to the Lord | Music in the Bible | A music score on a blue background. Daily Devotional | Sing to the Lord | Music in the Bible | A music score

Daily Devotional | The Ultimate Love Song

Love songs have always been popular. Songs that express love between a man and a woman are virtually as old as human civilization.

God has given us an entire book of the Bible devoted to love songs, perhaps in order that we know of a greater love than the one we often hear about in our culture. Song of Songs, written by King Solomon, is a collection of poems set to music that celebrates the affection, longing, and physical beauty between a man (He) and a woman (She), pronouns written in the book itself.

Perhaps the most striking song is found at the end of chapter 5, where the bride talks about the beauty and physical attributes of her beloved in descriptive language. Notice the order in which she does that. The first line begins with an expression of his beauty and her declaration that there is no one like him: “My beloved is radiant and ruddy, outstanding among ten thousand” (v. 10). From there, she describes the one she loves literally from head to toe. We read affectionate descriptions of his head, hair, eyes, cheeks, and lips all the way to his arms, body, and legs. Observe how virtually every verse, every line of this love song begins with the word “His”, as if to tell us that the song is also about Him, about Christ!

Our songs of worship should proclaim Christ alone from head to toe, from Creation to the Cross, and to His coming again, for He is the Alpha and Omega (Rev. 22:13). But more than that, they call for us as His people, His bride, to love Him in the same way: to adore every part of Him and His Word, for He is our bridegroom (Isa. 54:5; Eph. 5:32). May we sing of His love forever (Ps. 89:1)!

Go Deeper

How do love songs reflect the deep need of our hearts? How does this reading make you think differently about the way we can express our love for our Savior?

Pray with Us: So many things in today‘s world distract us from God’s love! Let us learn about true love from the book that is one beautiful love song—Song of Songs. Lord, thank you for Your love!

BY Brian Lee

Dr. Brian Lee is a professor of Music at Moody Bible Institute. He serves in music ministry at Maranatha Bible Church in Chicago and is an active classical pianist as a soloist and chamber musician. He earned a doctorate from The Juilliard School and has been invited as a guest artist, adjudicator, masterclass teacher at many institutions, competitions, and festivals. He and his wife, Helen, are the parents of three sons.

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