I’ve just been listening to some Eels songs on spotify, and noticed an interesting lyric in one. It went:
God shine your light down here
Shine on the love
Love of the loveless
I don’t know if anything profound was meant (I don’t suppose so) but it did strike me that it’s a plea which describes exactly what God has already done. By sending Christ (who is the light of the world, John 8:12) to earth, God has shown love to the loveless. We have nothing in us to commend us to God, and even our best efforts at good living are filthy rags in His eyes (Isaiah 46:4). Our only access to God comes through Jesus (John 14:6) who came to earth so we could repent of our wrongdoing (Luke 5:32) and be accepted by God (1 John 1:9).
The Eels capture it quite nicely in another of their songs, in which they sing:
You don’t need a thing from me
but I need something big from you
And now, in the title of another Eels song, “I need some sleep”.