Marinating. Soaking up some flavour. Ruminating. Thinking carefully and deeply about something… engaging in contemplation. For the past couple of weeks I have been working on a simple song which comes as a result of some marinating in, and contemplation of, the love of God the Father. Of course songs about love abound both in “secular” and “sacred” fields of music. My brain seems to be particularly wired to store up songs that I have heard. So as I write various vintage tunes are running through my head: “What the world needs now is love sweet love”, “Love me tender”, “O love that will not let me go”, and “O the deep , deep love of Jesus”. The words of the last song have particular resonance because they speak to the heart of my recent contemplation. The hymn writer tries to capture in finite words that which is essentially infinite:
O the deep, deep love of Jesus,
Vast, unmeasured, boundless, free.
Rolling as a mighty ocean,
In its fullness over me.
Underneath me, all around me is the current of your love…
This love, so extravagant, is lavished upon us. It reaches us in our places of brokenness. We can respond in love because we have first been loved. Life is in essence a journey of discovering and experiencing the fullness of this love of God. Because of this extravagant love, here are some truths I am coming to understand and appreciate:
God is for us
God will graciously give us all things
Christ intercedes for us
We are blameless before the Father because of Jesus
We are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ
Nothing can separate us from the love of God.
Live the hymn write of old I am moved to write in finite words about that which is infinite. Hope you enjoy, and are encouraged by the song.
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