Waiting to meet a friend for lunch, I enjoyed a blast from the past; all the way back to about 1960, as Vince Gill’s voice crooned throughout the restaurant, “I’ve been cheated, been mistreated. When will I be loved? I’ve been put down, I’ve been pushed ’round. When will I be loved?”
In those days I was just a child, glued to a black and white TV screen as the Everly Brothers performed their big hit on American Bandstand. How could I know the sad truth that echoes behind those lyrics? The sad truth that has probably been one reason the song has endured over the years; recorded and/or performed not only by Vince Gill, but also by Linda Ronstadt and a host of other artists. The sad truth that life is hard had not yet become a reality to me. Little did I know that I would soon grow to understand all too well the feeling of being cheated or mistreated; a feeling with which almost everyone can relate. How could I know that the burning question in the broken hearts of mankind is indeed, “When will I be loved?”
King David certainly understood such pain. In Psalm 55 he moaned…
My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me…
For it is not an enemy who taunts me—then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me—then I could hide from him.
But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend.
Pondering the significance of the song while driving home from lunch, I was talking to the Lord about how we usually handle such things. Immediately I heard the lyrics of another familiar song in my spirit; “You’re looking for love in all the wrong places.” Another sad truth! Books could be written—and have been, I’m sure—chronicling the mistakes people have made while searching for a love to fill the void of hurt and despair that was left behind by violations of trust and broken confidences.
Once again, we can look to King David…
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved…You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me.In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise,in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me…For your steadfast love is great to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Psalm 55:22, 56:8-11, 57:10
When we encounter the love of God, the same love that David experienced, we too will praise Him, and we can then sing another enduring song from the 60s…
I will follow him, follow him wherever he may go
There isn’t an ocean too deep
A mountain so high it can keep me away
I must follow him
Ever since he touched my hand I knew
That near him I always must be
And nothing can keep him from me
He is my destiny