Sunday Considerations: How Deep

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How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
(by Stuart Townend)

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 left 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

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1 D.R. Randle July 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

Was just listening to this on YouTube a few minutes ago – http://bit.ly/MSdDtN. Enjoyed talking to you last night. Looking forward to getting together sometime soon.

2 Zack July 28, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I’ve long thought that the third verse is one of the best hymn verses written in modern times.

3 Darrin July 29, 2012 at 12:31 am

Good song; we sing it in church. I struggle a bit with the text and common idea of God “turning His face away”, though, and just haven’t taken the time to resolve it yet. I know Christ suffered His wrath for sin and such, but I’m needing scriptures to support the concept of separation of the Father from the Son. One of those many things I’ve put off…

4 Mark July 31, 2012 at 11:29 am

Darrin, I was thinking that maybe Jesus quoting Psalm 22 may somehow support the lyric of God turning His face away. “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1a ESV).

However, verse 24 reads[emphasis mine],”For he has not despised or abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, and he has not hidden his face from him, but has heard, when he cried to him. (Psalm 22:24 ESV)

You have a point.

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