*First, a disclaimer: Not all of these musicians are singing about intimacy in the context of marriage. I appreciate that problem. But C.S. Lewis once said that, inasmuch as paganism resembled Christianity, “So much the better for paganism.”
1. Just Give Me a Reason—Pink, Nate RuessJust give me a reasonJust a little bit's enoughJust a second we're not broken, just bentAnd we can learn to love againIt's in the starsIt's been written in the scars on our heartsThat we're not broken, just bentAnd we can learn to love again
I love this song. Our culture tends to encourage people to let go of the old in favor of the new and to “move on” when things are in any way complicated, and this song is all about fighting through tough times.
2. Mirors—Justin TimberlakeI don't wanna lose you nowI'm lookin' right at the other half of meThe vacancy that sat in my heartIs a space that now you hold…It's like you're my mirrorMy mirror staring back at meI couldn't get any biggerWith anyone else beside of meAnd now it's clear as this promiseThat we're makingTwo reflections into oneCause it's like you're my mirrorMy mirror staring back at me
Admittedly, this is not a perfectly Biblical representation of marriage. Spouses are complementary of one another; they don’t complete one another. But a lovely attempt, nonetheless.
3. Little Things—One DirectionI know you've never lovedThe sound of your voice on tapeYou never wantTo know how much you weighYou still have to squeeze into your jeansBut you're perfect to meI won't let these little things slip out of my mouthBut if it's trueIt's you,It's you they add up toI'm in love with youAnd all these little things
For all the songs about physical attractiveness on the radio, it’s nice to hear one that doesn’t make a girl feel like she needs to spend more time on the elliptical. It’s not exactly Song of Solomon (not that I necessarily want to be told that my neck looks like a tower, anyway), but the sentiment is the same: “[s]he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend.”
4. Beneath Your Beautiful—Labrinth, Emeli SandéYou've carried on so longYou couldn't stop if you tried it.You've built your wall so highThat no one could climb it.But I'm gonna tryWould you let me see beneath your beautiful?Would you let me see beneath your perfect?Take it off now, girl, take it off now, girlI wanna see insideWould you let me see beneath your beautiful tonight?
The chorus lyrics above look sexual, on first glance. But listen to the song: this song is about a pursuit of authenticity in relationships. The singer is telling the person that he loves that it is safe to be vulnerable here. Again, not a perfect realization of the Biblical standard, but it’s a start.
5. Don't You Worry, Child—Swedish House MafiaMy father said,"Don't you worry, don't you worry, child.See heaven's got a plan for you.Don't you worry, don't you worry now."
Okay. I’ll admit it. I can’t follow the storyline of this song at all. But the chorus is great. Take a listen.Media: