a week late #2 – how deep the Father’s love for us

(Due to the busyness of last week I have several posts I hand intended to write, but just never got to them… here is number two)

If you were at our South Shores Remix service last week (10/30/11), (or watched it online) then you got to enjoy the initial worship leading experience of our third worship team of Dana Dill, Rebecca Zeulner (my lovely wife), and Tim Aney. Not only was it a great night of worship, as we have come to regularly expect from all 3 of our worship teams, but this trio also did something particularly meaningful to me: they incorporated some of the scripture we were studying that night into one of the songs. As a complete musical illiterate (though profoundly moved by and appreciative of music), I was not aware of how you went about doing something like this, but was absolutely thrilled at both the idea of it and its implementation.

We were in Ephesians 3:14-21, a prayer of Paul, and in verses 17-19 Paul prays that his readers will fully grasp how much Jesus loves them.

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. – Eph 3:17-19

Dana and Rebecca, wanting to sing “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us” saw an opportunity (since this song lacks in a chorus or tag), to add a tag and pull the words directly from these verses.

The tag they added is simple: How deep, how wide, how long, how high… is Your love.

This simple, yet meditative tag when thrown into the midst of a lot of rich theological verses gave our congregation a sweet pause to simply reflect on the vastness of this love. They sang it fully through before the sermon, and then afterwards they began with this tag (repeated many times) and then came back to the first verse. It was a beautiful thing. If they ever get a chance to record I will certainly post it on here. Until then, here are the words (or if you do watch the video, it is at 19:50 (and again after the message, about 1:08:00).

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

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

How deep, how wide
How long, how high (x2)

Is Your love (x4)

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

By the way, Dana has a great blog to be found here: Core Fellowship – Dana’s Blog

And Rebecca here: The Orange Blossom

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