How Deep The Father’s Love For Us

(All parts sung by David Wesley)

This beautiful hymn is for me a “tearjerker”-sorry for using that term 😉

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.

Stuart Townend Copyright © 1995 Thankyou Music– See more at:

About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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2 Responses to How Deep The Father’s Love For Us

  1. GC says:

    Is he possibly related to the famous 18th century Lincolnshire evangelical Wesleys, Brother Burrito, do you think? Stuart Townend, the hymn-writer, I know is an English evangelical of Anglican background.

    I can’t help but notice the common evangelical use of “I” in this hymn. One could be uncharitable and call them “I-specialists”, but I will resist the urge. One also notices the “redemption theology” that inhabits so many of their hymns, which is probably all a bit too old-hat among more with-it protestants and not a few papists, maybe even with “Padre Jorge”.

    I just know that in Catholic hymns and prayers “I” rarely gets a mention. It’s usually about “us”. Probably it’s because we believe more in redemption being from within the the Church across so much history and so many generations now. The Church is everything for us, no doubt because we just know She goes back to Christ Himself. I just can’t imagine first century Greek and Semite Christians talking like our evangelical friends do, can you?

    There are, of course, similar but “I-free” Catholic hymns, but there it all seems to be about God and us. This might be a quibble, but I don’t think so:

    There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
    like the wideness of the sea;
    there’s a kindness in His justice,
    which is more than liberty.

    There is plentiful redemption
    in the blood that has been shed;
    there is joy for all the members
    in the sorrows of the Head.

    For the love of God is broader
    than the measures of our mind;
    and the heart of the Eternal
    is most wonderfully kind.

    If our love were but more simple,
    we should take Him at His word:
    and our lives would be all sunshine
    in the sweetness of our Lord.

    Fearful souls, why will you scatter
    like a crowd of frightened sheep?
    Foolish hearts, why will you wander
    from a love so true and deep?

    There is welcome for the sinner,
    and more graces for the good;
    there is mercy with the Saviour;
    there is healing in His blood.


  2. GC says:

    Brother Burrito, if you would kindly employ your editing skills and get the youtube in my comment above up and running, I would be very grateful. If you could change “u” to “us”, that would be nice also. 😉


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