Some things are so big, so expansive and so true they must be sung. Often the most appropriate container for the truest truths is a song. Melody is a hypodermic needle that can bypass the mind and inject eternity right into the bloodstream, causing still hearts to beat again.
Honestly, the majesty of Jesus, 100% man, 100% god, is just too grand for words alone. I could make a list of all the wonders of Jesus, but by the time I got to number 10, most people would be finished – for the very worst reason – boredom. That’s not a knock on Jesus, it simply reveals how we are wired – we “need” connection on multiple levels. We need intellectual, emotional, and physical contact.
“Truth” must touch the whole person – especially when engaging subjects like Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The deeper the truth, the larger the reality, the more we need experience. The beauty and horror of the cross, and the countless implications of a God who would literally take off glory and put on flesh and bone to enter into history and forever alter history, must be sung.
Melody makes abstract ideas and concepts meditative. When I can sing it, I will sing it – over and over. It’s in the “over and over” that subterranean deposits become available.
Music takes concrete, immovable ideas and makes them pliable again. Melody has a way of taking academic theories, which seem intimidating and lifeless to the average person, and make them vibrant and alive. Music is an experience, which is why singing the great truths of scripture is so important. The church suffers not for ideas and theologies about Jesus, but for experience. We all “know” that Jesus loves us, but few of us feel it. We all “know” that Jesus is beautiful, but few of us can honestly articulate it from a place of personal experience.
Songwriters – we’ve got to mine the depths of truth, and then, like the sparrows, sing it.