“I Swear” by John Michael Montgomery
40 Days Of Country – Day #36 – Lent 2016
John Michael Montgomery was no stranger to the country hit charts in the 1990’s, writing and recording the year-end number one song in both 1994 and 1995. The latter of the two, “Sold (The Grundy County Auction)” nearly made this list, but it was Montgomery’s 1994 “I Swear” that cemented his place in musical history, with the song being covered by the R&B group, All-4-One and reaching similar, if not greater, success on the pop charts during the very same year.
Truthfully, the song is the stuff romantic, high-school dreams are made of, with solemn vows of eternal allegiance to the one and only true love. With lyrics like, “for better or worse, till death do us part, I’ll love you with every beat of my heart,” I would venture to guess that there were quite a few 90’s weddings that featured a first dance to this particular ballad.
The Bible is filled with similar vows, and while this blog could easily go in the romantic direction, there are far more important, “I Swear” moments found in the scriptures. In Genesis, God makes a “covenant” with God’s people, promising to be with us always, “like the shadow that’s by your side.” While JMM sings, “I swear, by the moon and the stars in the sky, I’ll be there,” God tells Abraham in Genesis 15:5, “Look up at the sky and count the stars if you think you can count them…this is how many children you will have.” This covenant is continued through Isaac and Jacob, ratified on Mt. Sinai through Moses with the Ten Commandments and the Law, promised to be made new through the prophecies of Isaiah and Jeremiah, and made complete through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who told his disciples in Matthew 28:20, “remember, I will be with you always…” More than any sappy (though beautiful) love song could ever describe, we serve a God who has promised to never leave us, and is ever faithful in that promise.
Faithful God, there are times when you feel so close we could touch you, and other times you feel so far away we think you couldn’t even hear our voice. Gently remind us, by your love, that you will never leave us, and that no matter what we are going through, in life and death, you will always be with us. Amen.