Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hymn-ful Sundays! "How Deep the Father's Love for Us"

This week's hymn is another modern one, written by British song- and hymn-writer Stuart Townsend in 1995. Townsend also co-wrote "In Christ Alone", which I featured earlier this year. He is the son of a Church of England minister, and the youngest of four children. He began writing music at the age of 22.

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 turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory

 Behold the Man upon 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
Stuart Townsend

These words are so moving, to know the depth of God's love for us that He gave His only Son so that we might be reconciled to Him! And even as we see the significance of the cross in our own lives, we acknowledge that we too, would have been in the crowd yelling "Crucify Him". We might even have been among the scribes and Pharisees who plotted His demise! Yet we were brought to new life by Jesus' dying breath, leaving us to both in nothing but Christ alone.

Be blessed and shine in His love!

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