“Lies” is a gorgeous grief-ballad by Glen Hansard. It tells the story of a relationship that dies by degrees, almost unnoticed by the couple.

One striking section of lyrics goes:

Maybe if you slowed down for me
I could see you’re only tellin’
lies, lies, lies
Breakin’ us down with your
lies, lies, lies
When will you learn?

Every time I listen to this, I can hear the Lord saying it to his bride. And I can hear His heartbreak through the music.

I don’t mean this or feel it in a condemning sense. God has kept nothing back from us. As Romans says, He didn’t even spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all (Rom. 8:32). There is absolutely no barrier between us and God…except in our own heads. Any barrier we perceive is simply a lie.

Our unbelief— the lies we believe instead of what our lover says—breaks down our relationship with Jesus.

When will we learn?

You can listen to the song “Lies” here:

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