Thursday, April 30, 2015

My current favorite band: Gungor

I found out about Gungor in Spotify when I heard their song Beautiful Things. I liked it and thought that the lyrics were very creative. This video puts it up very creatively as well.

I then checked out their other songs in Spotify and begin to like their alternative feel. I was attracted to this one called Late Have I Loved You, and found the phrase quite interesting that I wondered how it came about. Moreover, it has very good lyrics and a very attractive tune.

I was reading Raymond Ortlund's commentary on Isaiah and found out that it was actually penned by Augustine who wrote about how God has worked in his life to remove idols and liberated him. Gungor rewrote it into the song. Brilliant!

And it was then that I understood the song:
Late have I loved you, Beauty so old and so new; late have I loved you. And see, you were within and I was in the external world and sought you there, and in my unlovely state I plunged into those lovely created things which you made. You were with me, and I was not with you. The lovely things kept me far from you, though if they did not have their existence in you, they had no existence at all. You called and cried out loud and shattered my deafness. You were radiant and resplendent, you put to flight my blindness. You were fragrant, and I drew in my breath and now pant after you. I tasted you, and I feel but hunger and thirst for you. You touched me, and I am set on fire to attain the peace which is yours.

Source: Raymond C. Ortlund, Isaiah: God Saves Sinners, Preaching the Word Commentary Series, quoting Henry Chadwick, trans., Augustine’s Confessions (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992), p. 201.

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