Monday, 29 August 2016

How Deep The Father's Love For Us Hymn Story and Lyrics

How Deep The Father's Love For Us is a composition by an English Christian worship leader, Stuart Townend (born 1963).

Stuart says he decided to write this hymns to try to shift the attention that modern worship style that focus more on our emotions rather on God. He says that the focus should be on our Lord more than on ourselves. 

Emotions are important as they are a part of us but the problem comes in when they became center of our worship. Emotions can come and go and are easily influenced but only faith in God abides. We need to have a firm foundation in our Christian experience.

Christ should be the center of our worship no matter the situation. Whether we are happy, excited, sad let us make Christ the center and we will never be disappointed.

Stuart Townend gave the following reason for composing this hymn: 

"The danger now is that we are so focused on the experience our worship can become self-seeking and self-serving. When all of our songs are about how we feel and what we need, we’re missing the point. There is a wonderful, omnipotent God who deserves our highest praise, and how we feel about it is in many ways irrelevant!  I want to encourage the expression of joy, passion and adoration, but I want those things to be the by-product of focusing on God – I don’t want them to become the subject matter. I’m trying to write songs that refer to us as little as possible, and to Him as much as possible!"

Stuart Townend is also the co author of another popular modern hymn, In Christ Alone.

Below are the lyrics of this well known modern hymn.

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.

And here is a video featuring this hymn.



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