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Is the Biblical list of analogies for how God relates to us, and how we relate to Him, an exhaustive list?  It certainly is very large. We see a shepherd and his sheep. A healer and the sick person, the slave / servant and the master, the king and his subjects, the lost and the seeking / finding one, the one in danger and the rescuer, the one on a journey and the guide, the one in the dark and the one with the light.  We are called to be God the Father’s children, to be the bride of Jesus the groom, to be ambassadors of the King.  Are there more?  I assume you could come up with more Biblical analogies that point to particular facets of our relationship with God.

It appears inescapable that God is too much, and so are we humans, to be completely encompassed by one term, one metaphor, one analogy, or one descriptor.  They have to be multiplied, bundled, and prioritized.  Such is the Creator God and such is His creation.

Those thoughts were working through my mind this morning during my physically and spiritually beneficial jog.  The song, and the analogy, that nailed it for me was “Play Me”, sung by Neil Diamond.  Take a few minutes to listen to this musical gem at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLfj76DhX-Y&feature=fvsr

Here are the lyrics:

She was morning and I was night time
I one day woke up to find her lying
Beside my bed; I softly said
“Come take me”
For I’ve been lonely in need of someone
As though I’d done someone wrong somewhere
I don’t know where come lately

You are the sun, I am the moon
You are the words, I am the tune
Play me.

Song she sang to me
Song she brang to me
Words that rang in me
Rhyme that sprang from me
Warmed the night
And what was right
Became me

You are the sun, I am the moon
You are the words, I am the tune
Play me.

And so it was that I came to travel
Upon a road that was thorned and narrow.
Another place. another grace
Would save me

You are the sun, I am the moon
You are the words, I am the tune
Play me.

Note two items.  The first is that in the analogy both the tune and the words are needed, but the words carry the message on the means of the music.  What a beautiful analogy of the relationship between God and humans.  God the Word, spoke the human tune into being, and He described us as good.  And, in Diamond’s lyrics his desire is the humble one of being a beautiful tune carrying the words.  He doesn’t seek to replace the words, but to be played for the sake of the words.

Secondly, note the last stanza, where the man/woman scene gives way to a new one.  The “pointing” feature of music again comes to our attention.  As the girl was the word and the fellow was the tune to be played, now the fellow is on a thorny and narrow road (he can’t get much more into Jesus imagery than that, can he?)  But, he can!  The road is in another place, with another grace, a grace that would save him.

So, we have the gem of a beautiful piece of music (the tune and words of “Play Me”), that in turn raises the analogy of another set of tune and words (the girl and the fellow), that finally points to an even further state of affairs – a grace that saves in midst of a thorny and narrow road.

Thanks, Neil, for giving to us beautiful music, a fascinating three step progression of thought, and a fruitful pointer to our gracious God and Savior.  And, to interiorize it, we say to God, “Play me.”