Awkward Christian Music Lyrics - "How He Loves"

I was having a conversation this week concerning whether the Calvinistic view teaches a forceful view of God's love.  Well, regardless of where you fall on that issue, here's a song that describes God's love in... vivid terms.

"How He Loves"
(originally by John Mark McMillan, David Crowder Band)
He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.

Scorpions notwithstanding, His love will rock you like a hurricane.  Take cover, and don't forget about storm surge:
If his grace is an ocean, we're all sinking.
And Heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest.
I'm not sure how those lines work together: drowning, an abrupt kiss, and tachycardia.  It sounds like a panic attack as the Holy One suddenly lays one on you, not pure love from the God of all peace.

According to Wikipedia, McMillian wrote the song following the death of a friend in a car crash, so that might explain some of the emotional and disjointed content.  We've all been there.

Still, as a worship song, its awkward.  In fact, it gets worse.  The original lyrics of the song have God giving us a "sloppy wet kiss" instead of "an unforeseen kiss."


You can find the original recipe in covers by Jesus Culture and other artists.  You decide which is worse.

The lyrics hint that we suffer from Stockholm Syndrome, perhaps victims of rape.  They do not communicate our genuine affection for God and the good things He has done.

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