This post is brought to you by a bout of procrastination a few nights ago when I was flicking around the local Christian radio station’s digital channels… instead of whatever else I was supposed to be doing at the time.
So we’re flipping from the thinking side of the brain asking questions, to the feeling side… with some love songs. Christian love songs that is, because there’s a few out there.
This is not by any means an exhaustive list.
Mat Kearney – Heartbeat (Album: Just Kids; Year: 2015)
This is the song that led to my procrastinating the other night.
Wikipedia describes Kearney’s music as incorporating hip hop and folk-pop. Personally, I call it ‘super catchy’ (but I think their description is apt too). I could write out some lyrics but they really don’t catch the feel of the song. If you’re in the mood for some Christian folk-pop, Kearney is your go-to guy. This explains why after hearing Heartbeat I instantly gravitated towards some of his other love songs: Billion and She got the Honey. Catchy also.
Feel free to check them both out too and join me in mixing up honey and money in the lyrics of the latter song… I do it every time…
I’ve got some honey to buy her a big bouquet…. ‘Wait a minute….’
Amy Grant – Every Heartbeat (Album: Heart in Motion; Year: 1991)
If you’ve never heard of this song, then you obviously weren’t around in the early nineties. It was a ‘crossover’ song, which is how you describe a Christian song, book, artwork etc that is so big, it doesn’t just float around in Christian circles, but crosses over into the mainstream.
Classic case of boy meets girl, movin’ in the same direction. You’re not asking for the world. I’m not asking for perfection.
I definitely danced about to this number as a child. Wow, has this clip dated… #sonineties…
For King and Country – Priceless (Album: Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong; Year: 2014)
Having blogged about this duo a few times, I tried to keep them out of this list. But I failed. There’s a few songs of theirs I could have gone for but I decided on this one. It’s just beautiful imagery to describe the way in which despite all our flaws and failings, we can still be viewed by our significant other as though we have no blemish in us.
I see you dressed in white
Every wrong made right
I see a rose in bloom
At the sight of you
Oh, so priceless
You’re irreplaceable, unmistakable, incomparable
Darling, it’s beautiful
I see it all in you
Oh, so priceless
I also like how it doesn’t get all infatuated and put a woman on an unattainable pedestal of perfection that she can’t obtain. That’s not beautiful. That’s the sort of pressure that gives people eating disorders.
Every wrong made right… so priceless.
If you’d like a deeper interpretation of the song, go here.
Sanctus Real – Lead Me (Album: Pieces of a Real Heart; Year: 2010)
OK. I love, love, love this song. It’s a husband singing to his wife and kids about his responsibility to husband them (ie. protect and care for them).
So often in society, the Bible’s view of the marital relationship between husband and wife is represented as patriarchal and sexist. But there’s not a hint of that in this song. The male voice singing the lyrics in no way seems sexist and his wife’s request that he lead the family in no way seems pathetic; as though she is isn’t living up to her responsibilities as a spouse or parent.
If you want the story behind the song, you can find it here.
For me, it’s a song that somehow manages to capture how good God’s design for marriage is and express it is such a profound way. Just reading the lyrics and my tear ducts start functioning… movin’ on…
DC Talk – Godsend (Album: Supernatural; Year: 1998)
And finally, another one from the nineties. DC Talk simply had to be included because they were this blogger’s staple diet of Christian music in the 90s when she was in high school. I also simply had to include this song because in my opinion when it comes to Christian love songs and Godsend, the word ‘groundbreaking’ comes to mind.
In order to write this post I had a quick skim through a few lists online and I’ve gotta say I was surprised how long it took me to find a list with this track in it (Thank-you WOW Hits. I knew I could count on you).
If you’re listing out Christian love songs, and this one doesn’t feature, I think you’ve missed the mark. But I’m sure others will think I’ve missed some too.
As I’ve made this short list, I’ve noticed how I haven’t included any songs from this year. For what it’s worth, I think 2020 has been a big year for worship songs. Might do a list of them next week… till then,
Yours in love,