Thursday, May 3, 2012

Unchained Melody

One of the most beautiful love songs ever written is "Unchained Melody," made popular by The Righteous Brothers in 1965.  In all the years I have listened to this ballad I have never quite understood the title.  What does "unchained melody" really mean?

When I walked outside this morning the birds gave me the answer to that question as they poured forth a loud and joyful song, a song they sing all day every day, come rain or come shine.  Their unchained melody is a song of praise to their Creator and they sing it freely, unhindered by the cares of their earthly existence.   Sure, they don't carry the weight of the world on their shoulders as many of us do, but they sing throughout the day as they call to their mates, signal to their babies that lunch is on the way, and set about building their nests and looking for food.   Neither work nor bad weather deter them.  They sing because that is what they were created to do.

God created us out of his love for us, and he desires that we love and worship him.  He also created this beautiful world for our pleasure.   Yet so often we get too busy to take time to simply listen to the birds, smell the roses, and thank him for our physical senses which allow us to revel in his creation and experience his glory.

We need to take a lesson from the robins and learn to whistle (or sing) while we work.  The greatest offering we can bring to the Lord is our sacrifice of praise, our unchained melody.

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.  Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.  -- Psalm 100, NIV

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