Lyrics to Live By?
I should’ve been reading the Bible. I didn’t. Should’ve been memorizing my GA verses. I wouldn’t. But oh, how I could learn those “long hairs’” song lyrics!
Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they’re here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday.
The Liverpool boys grabbed my attention, then were edged out by Paul Revere and the Raiders and the Byrds and Dillon and Peter, Paul and Mary and the Stones and the Who and Deep Purple and dozens and dozens more. No particular rhyme. No particular reason. Just tunes and lyrics that grabbed hold of my rebellious teenage heart, my searching teenaged soul, my conflicted teenaged mind.
Enjoy Him. For He is good, and His love endures forever (Lyrics by Josh Innerst, “Enjoy Him).
Yet those secular lyrics play on my old 33 hi-fi of a mind, sometimes when I least expect them. Not lyrics to live by, like the Bible. But words that echo the need for application of God's principles. Words that can teach. Inspire. Point to...The Word.
"It is my own belief (and here I shall not feel bad if no one follows me) that every good and beautiful thing which man has produced in the world has been the result of his faulty and sin-blocked response to the creative Voice sounding over the earth" (A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God).
Do secular lyrics—pop, rap, country, rock, reggae, hip-hop, opera, nursery rhyme, jazz, blues, soul, acid, alternative, heavy metal, multicultural, folk, punk, ska, ballad, barbershop, bluegrass, protest, funk, calypso, Celtic, disco, easy listening, elevator music—have a place in your life? Your memory?
Do you see truisms in these lyrics? Share a favorite line or two!