“Ah, you are beautiful, my beloved, truly lovely…for your love is better than wine”
Fall in love with your spouse again. Fall in love with your God. Be captivated by beauty and the poetic words of Scripture. This movie was that powerful!
I consider myself to be somewhat of a tough critic when it comes to movies. I want the moral message, the production quality, actors that make you forget you are watching a movie. Basically; quality, quality, originality, content, and quality.
Many of the Christian movies I have supported lately have been sloooowly improving in quality, yet are carried mostly because of the moral message. The Song surpasses them all. In fact, it blows them away. My very small, minuscule, top-tier of favorite movies has barely been rocked in a decade. And yet, here is one to add to the faves. “You have stolen my heart with one glance of your eyes.”
This movie, The Song, which seems to have risen from obscurity, once watched, is like finding a dove in the clefts of the rock. A modern-day Song of Solomon, who asked God for wisdom to know what is good and what is evil, so that he could rule fairly. Who was loved by God, but who was also a fool in turning away from God despite his wisdom.
“Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.”
Solomon, also called Jedidiah, was the son of King David and Bathsheba. He inherited his father’s kingdom and reign, and is known for building the first Temple in Jerusalem.
In this modern-day retelling, Jed is a musician trying to make it in the wake of his famous musician father; David King. The imagery of the Song of Songs comes to life in this epic tale, as Jed meets the “rose of Sharon” in the vineyard and pursues his love. Jed seeks to please and pursue the Lord, but the glamours of the world and temptations of foreign women drive him away from his love.
“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.”
Jed chases after love and meaning. He is haunted throughout his fall by the words of his own song, the song he wrote for his wife. “You are written on my soul. Set me as a seal on your heart, a love stronger than death. Flashes of fire, with purest desire, the waters will never quench. This is love as it was meant to be.”
For those unmarried and desperately longing for the love whom their heart sings, the words spoken in the Song of Songs drip with wisdom. “I adjure you, do not stir up or awaken love until it is ready.” Jed echoes this lesson in his own love song, “There’s a plan for us, a hand divine, the waiting was worth it, now you’re my wife.”
The fact that I am sucker for this folky-rock bluegrass music certainly fit the bill for me as far as music to the ears! As I tapped my foot in the theater and began to pick up the lyrics, all I could think about was buying the soundtrack.
The Song’s lingering refrain echoes the beautiful healing grace of a mighty and loving God; “Love is the power that heals. Love is the power that heals.”
Copyright 2014, Kimberly Cook