Every generation produces a 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 is a reason we call these ove songs silly. The melodies 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 is one more love song that comes to my mind. This song is three thousand years old, which means you won’t find an audio recording of it. However, the Old Testament Scriptures contain the lyrics. I’m talking about a book in the Bible called the Song of Solomon, 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). When the nation of Israel engaged in spiritual prostitution by chasing after pagan gods, Yahweh uses the language of a jilter lover to express His raw emotions throughout the book of Hosea.
God also gave us this not-so-silly love song because He created marriage. Think of the Song of Solomon as the Almighty's owner’s manual on love, marriage, sex, and romance, which we first read about in the creation story found in Genesis. 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. And the Song of Solomon reveals the secrets of a satisfying marriage. It is the most comprehensive wisdom you’ll find anywhere pertaining to love, marriage, sex, and romance.
So, what are you waiting for? Read the Song of Solomon and then write your own silly love song.