Every generation produces its own list of silly love songs. All of them are timely, especially to the lovers who love them. Some of them are timeless. It’s not hard to find a list of the top love songs of all time. After a few minutes of surfing the Internet, I made my own short list of silly love songs. Do you recognize any of these?
- “Love Me Tender” by Elvis Pressley (1956)
- “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” by The Righteous Brothers (1965)
- “I Think I Love You” by The Partridge Family (1970)
- “Love Will Keep Us Together” by The Captain and Tennille (1975)
- “Baby Love” by the Supremes (1980)
- “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen (1980)
- “My Love” by Paul McCartney (1980)
- “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” by Tina Turner (1984)
- “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & the News” (1985).
- “Endless Love” by Diana Ross & Lionel Richie (1981)
There’s a reason we call these “silly love songs.” As the melodies replay in our memory, they make us tap our toes. They also make us feel silly on the inside, taking us back in time and perhaps to a place where we fell in love.
There’s one more love song that comes to my mind. I call it a not-so-silly love song. This song is three thousand years old, which means you won’t find an audio recording of it. However, we do have the lyrics. They are found in the Old Testament Scriptures. I’m talking about a book in the Bible called the Song of Solomon. It is the love song of all love songs.
It shouldn’t surprise us that God gave us the Song of Solomon. The God of the Bible is the most romantic Being in the universe. From Genesis to Revelation, He passionately pursues a relationship with those He created in His image. For example, the Lord God Almighty refers to His chosen people as “Israel, my bride” (Jeremiah 31:4) and to His New Testament church as the “bride of Christ” (Ephesians 5 and Revelation 21). Using the language of a jilted lover, God even expresses raw emotions when His bride engages in spiritual prostitution by chasing after pagan gods (Hosea).
God also gave us this not-so-silly love song because He created marriage (Genesis 2:18-25). Think of the Song of Solomon as God's owner’s manual on love, marriage, sex, and romance. The Song of Solomon contains eight chapters written in beautiful Hebrew poetry. It expresses the fine art of attraction and courtship (chapters 1-2), commitment and intimacy (chapters 3-4), conflict and resolution (chapters 5-6), romance and faithfulness (chapters 7-8). The Song of Solomon starts with a kiss and ends with a picture of love that is as strong as death.
Where does the Song of Solomon fit in the overall flow of biblical thought? This divine love song is part of the wisdom literature found in the Old Testament. The books of wisdom include Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon.
Job expresses God’s wisdom in times of suffering. Psalms contains the voice of wisdom as it relates to our vertical relationship with God. Proverbs contains wise sayings for everyday life. Solomon’s musings in Ecclesiastes help us discover the meaning of life.
Furthermore, the Song of Solomon reveals the secrets of a satisfying marriage. This divine love song is the most comprehensive wisdom you’ll find anywhere pertaining to love, marriage, sex, and romance.