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How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

11.04.2010

Over at The Thinklings, there was a discussion a week or so ago about modern worship songs that have the timeless quality that suggests they will be found in the hymnals of future generations.  One of the suggestions is Stuart Townend’s How Deep the Father’s Love for Us, which seems a perfect fit because of the strong scriptural elements, relatively simple musical pattern, and profoundly affecting lyrics.  In my mind, it’s THE crucifixion song.  Here are the lyrics:

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

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 payed my ransom.

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