Our worship at church is contemporary with a praise band setup using a mix of contemporary “Chris Tomlin” type worship songs and modernized versions of classic hymns. Recently we have been doing this song called “How deep the Father’s love.” I kind of thought that this was an older hymn but I found out it actually was written recently. This song really brings home for me the power and meaning of the Cross, so I wanted to share the lyrics here:
HOW DEEP THE FATHER’S LOVE
by Stuart Townend, he explains his thoughts on this song here.
How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That he should give his only son
To make a wretch his treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turned his face away
As wounds, which mar the chosen one
Bring many sons to glory
Behold the man up a cross
My sin upon his shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from his reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
I feel that sometimes I get way too caught up in what is happening to me personally. At times I am acutely aware of who is making me happy and who is making me sad. I know who I feel blessed by and who I feel offended by. This song reminds me that I am the one who is offensive. It challenges me to try and single out any quality in myself that is not somehow tainted by selfishness and sin. The question “why should I gain from his reward” becomes a valid question to me.
What’s the take away? For me the take away is that there is Good News!
How deep is the Father’s love for us? Deep enough to provide a way home, deep enough to love those whose sin makes them unworthy of love, and deep enough to endure the torture of a cross for so I can be loved again! Deep enough!
What songs really move you?
Peace and Grace.