Daily Word of Grace # 75 (June 29, 2020)

Although Led Zeppelin is not known for their love songs as much as their iconic rock classics, one of my favorite of their songs is “Thank You” from Led Zeppelin II (1969), a beautiful song about the steadfastness of love.  Robert Plant sings: “If the sun refused to shine I would still be loving you.  When mountains crumble to the sea there will still be you and me.  Kind woman, I give you my all.”  The love of God for you is just like that, which means as the psalmist wrote, “Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the seas; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble, with its tumult” (Psalm 46:2-3).  Sometimes the trembling of the mountains actually is a sign of the presence of the God, as when Moses and the Israelites met with God “the mountain shook violently” (Exodus 19:18)—and as the prophet Isaiah put it, “When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect, you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence” (Isaiah 64:3).  All of this points to Good Friday when God did something else “we did not expect” in giving his Son Jesus to die on the cross to atone for our sins on a different mountain, Calvary, where he gave us his all.  And after Jesus died “the sun refused to shine” and that mountain shook too (Matthew 27:51).  And at Jesus’ Second Coming when the comic shaking of the mountains is over, God will still be loving you.  In the meantime, God’s words to you remain “There will still be you and me.”

Love and Prayers,