Many of us have worshipped with David Crowder’s song “How He Loves,” and possibly during worship wondered about a few of the phrases. These phrases were obviously carefully considered by the writer, but they may bring us some pause. I suppose the most talked about phrase is the “sloppy wet kiss” phrase (Heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss…). The more conservative worshipers have changed the phrase to “unforeseen kiss.” I’ve tried to figure out exactly what he meant, and I’m still not sure.
There is another phrase in the song that is on my mind right now: “Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy…” As Hurricane Irene hits the North Carolina coast, we have seen images of what hurricanes do to trees – they bend. The fact is, a tree in a hurricane has no alternative but to bend in response to the overwhelming effect of the strong wind and rain. As a Christian, I actually have a choice in that I do not have to bend under the weight of God’s wind and mercy, but why wouldn’t I want to? If we are the family of God, wouldn’t it make sense for us to yield to all God is doing around us and in us? The paradox is that while we bend, we do not break. Actually, our bending makes us stronger and more like Christ.
Let’s forget about the sloppy wet kiss part and think about bending in response to God’s love and mercy. I think by doing so, we’ll find the hurricane of God’s love will bring us strength and hope. In the mean time, let’s pray for those adversely affected by Hurricane Irene while also seeking to yield to God’s work in our lives.