So I was just watching a video of John Mark McMillan. who is the writer of the song “How He Loves”. Amazing song often mistaken for being David Crowder’s song. Crowder does a great cover of it, but did not write it. Anyway, John discussed in the video his reason for writing the song and the story behind the lyrics. I’d heard the story before but it was nice to hear him tell it.
John’s song was written when his friend was killed in a car accident and he felt a lot of anger towards God. In writing the song he rediscovered the way God loves us. It’s not a neat and tidy love. It’s a “messy love” as he puts it. He loves us through our anger and sin and sloppy emotions. It’s a give anything, give everything, do anything, kind of love. His original lyrics towards the end of the song where Crowder inserts “Heaven meets earth like an unforseen kiss” where “Heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss”. It’s not a beautiful sight at first glance right? The image that comes to mind is a baby kissing their mom or dad. Many babies first learn to kiss with their mouths wide open. (at lease I did) So their kisses are sloppy… but so full of love and adoration for their parent. We are the sloppy and clumsy but God loves our “kisses”. He is pleased with us. Not because of anything we have done, but because of His amazing love. If you haven’t, listen to the song. It’s amazing.
In the video John and his band play the song and there are dozens of people in the room listening, singing, and worshiping the Lord. People are rocking out to the music, eyes closed, hands up, jumping around, yelling, crying… to a non-believer it would look like these people were crazy. It’s a glorious sight. I’m reminded of so much criticism out there against people who worship with their whole body and soul this way. We’re labeled as “weird”, “over the top”, “too much”, or even “cult members”. Let me ask this… why is it ok for people to go to a rock, metal, hip-hop, or R&B concert and be yelling, running into one another, bumping and grinding parts of their bodies against each other… all for the sake of the music, but it’s not normal to worship a Holy, amazing, loving, giving, forgiving, fantastic, indescribable God with all that we are? Why is it ok to have posters of artists all over our walls and idolize musicians but it’s not normal to write love songs about the One who loves us the most? Why? Are we really so fallen that we feel we must fight the urge to jump up and down, sing loudly, raise our hands, and cry at the feet of our God who has given us everything just because we’ll be labeled? I’m afraid we are.
Can you hear the music? He’s calling out to us to be the worshipful creatures He created us to be.