It’s hard to believe that I haven’t posted ‘How Deep The Father’s Love For Us’ yet. We sang it this morning, so it’s time that was rectified.
I think it is the finest song for congregational singing written in the last decade of the twentieth century. I first heard it at a conference in Katoomba in the late 90s and it resonated throughout the conference, getting sung a few more times that may have origginally been planned.
Here’s a Youtube with Stuart Townend explaining his composition of the song.
Here’s the lyrics from the Kingsway Music website:
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.
Copyright © 1995 Thankyou Music
Youtube renditon by Sarah Sadler which highlights the lyrical power and musical simplicity of the song.