Ah, the day after Valentine’s Day – the day all the holiday items go half off.
I have often thought that couples (especially those on a limited budget) might be wise to celebrate Valentine’s Day a day “late” in order to take advantage of the savings. Granted, there may or may not be anything left worth buying, but hey, it’s a thought.
I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and that you continue to grow more aware of God’s deep and unending love for you.
And what better way to respond to His love than to love Him in return? As 1 John 4:19 says, “We love Him because He first loved us” (New King James Version [NKJV]).
This leads me right into my song choice for today. I try to avoid reviewing songs by the same band two weeks in a row for variety’s sake, but this week I definitely have to review another Petra song.
Released in 1989 on Petra’s first worship album titled The Rock Cries Out, “I Love the Lord” is a very bold, energetic song filled with guitars, drums, and – yes – shouts.
Like “‘Til the Day I Die” by Third Day, “I Love the Lord” is another rock love song. Unlike Third Day’s song, Petra’s is about loving the Lord instead of about loving a spouse. (I’m sure you guessed that already from the title!)
Written by Bob Hartman and sung by John Schlitt, “I Love the Lord” loudly and unashamedly proclaims love for the Lord, refusing to care what others may say or think.
It references Psalm 107:2 to back up this bold declaration:
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy. (NKJV)
Well now, God’s saving us from our enemy (ultimately, Satan) certainly warrants loud thanksgiving, don’t you think?
The song goes on to invite us to join in on the declaration of love for the Lord in “this victory song.”
We are also reminded that we have to make a decision and can’t sit on the fence, referencing Joshua’s command to the Israelites in Joshua 24:15:
[C]hoose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, … But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. (NKJV)
I don’t know about you, but listening to this song makes me want to join right in with Petra in shouting “Hey! I love the Lord!”
Have you heard Petra’s song “I Love the Lord”? Does it make you want to shout? Let me know!
(“I Love the Lord” can be downloaded at ChristianBook.com.)
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Signing off until next week –
Rocking for Jesus with you!