By Deseree Porras
Anytime I’m given the opportunity to perform with a live jazz band I get super excited. Weddings especially are highly enjoyable and dare I say… incredibly romantic. Imagine it all... The intoxicating rhythm and melodies of jazz standards like Fly Me to the Moon or All of Me fill the air, along with the happy sounds of guest’s conversing over candlelight and the laughter of flower girls chasing one another along the dance floor.
When I was recently asked to sing at the wedding reception of a couple who live in Dallas I began to search for specific music and lyrics. Songs like The Nearness of You, Isn’t It Romantic and Tenderly were at the top of my list. I was searching for songs that express the message that we the human race have always been obsessed with, but especially during a wedding. Love.
Ah yes, love. L-O-V-E. During a wedding it’s in the air. It’s the giant elephant standing in the middle of the room. The father-of-the-bride struggles to hold it together as he gives his daughter away. All the single bridesmaids, albeit thrilled for the bride, are acutely aware of their singleness. Two people have just publicly exchanged solemn vows to “have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, till death us do part.”
It would be an understatement to say that people are infatuated with love, or at least the idea of it. Philosophers like Plato and Socrates had their theories, poets like Shakespeare and Keats their sonnets, and Elvis, the King of Rock N Roll, his ballads. Even 4 year old Lauren when asked to describe love wrote, “I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.”
People are obsessed with love. But do we understand it? Do we live it? Can you define it in a single word? Absolutely you can. Love is… Jesus.
How can you know that Jesus is love and that He loves you? As the old hymn says, “The Bible tells me so." Billy Graham wrote “The Bible is God’s ‘love letter’ to us, telling us not only that He loves us, but showing us what He has done to demonstrate His love.” Within the pages of this ancient bestseller is the ultimate message of love: Jesus. Read the Bible! Pick any book in the Old or New Testament and you cannot help running into Jesus at every turn. You cannot avoid Him. You can’t hide from Him. Psalm 139 says “I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me and your strength will support me.”
I write songs. Lots of them. And when I write I’m attempting to be precise, poetic and genuine in my desire to communicate my love for God. Every word, every phrase, every comma, every line is important to me. I scrutinize them over and over again. But no matter how painstakingly I work to express my heart, nothing I write could ever compare to God’s Word over you. The entire Bible is God trying to communicate to you His amazing grace, His thoughts concerning you, His obsession with you, and His incredibly vast measure of love for you. The Apostle John wrote “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love; not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
Read the Bible! God isn’t just concerned about promoting love. HE IS LOVE. He wrote an entire book about it!
What about you? What about your life? The Apostle Paul wrote “You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”
Your life is a letter, a story, a song known and read by everyone. Exactly what kind of message are you communicating? Does your life sound like the kind of love song that "makes me wanna shout," or a tragic country western?
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Music And Lyrics
By Deseree Porras