How Deep the Father's Love for Us

5-22-19

-Drew Bundy

Introduction

“How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” by Stuart Townend is one of the great anthems of Christian music produced in the nineties. One of the great factors of this song is that, unlike many of its contemporaries, it posses a timeless quality and is still sung and beloved by many congregations almost twenty-five years later. That Townend is able to communicate a plethora of truths about and facets of Christ and the Cross in only three verses gives great credit to his lyric ability as well.

The Gospel

The whole theme of this song is about the Gospel, but it specifically challenges the singer to consider the demonstration of God’s love that was seen in Christ crucified. Expounding on Paul’s thoughts in Romans eight about the infinity of the Love of God, Townend puts visceral pictures to this immeasurable aspect of God. He is also intentional to put the singer at the foot of the cross in the line, “Ashamed I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers./ It was my sin that held him there.” This makes the Gospel personal as well and burdens the singer to respond personally to such a display of forgiveness. Townend also includes the resurrection however briefly in the third verse.

Names of God

The names of God used in this song are Father, Son, Chosen One, and Jesus Christ. In like nature with the rest of the song the words used are not a long list, but effective and poignant. 

Heavenward Focus

In response to the exposition of the Cross and the Love of God, the singer is encouraged to reply in the third verse in humility and boast of Christ and this Gospel rather than self. This recognition that salvation is an underserved gift helps to narrow in the focus of this Gospel song to God and His work alone.

Theological vs. Doxological

Because of the way Townend describes the Gospel and God’s Love while encouraging the singer to respond in praise and humility, this song is both Theological and Doxological.

Why did it get this score?

All of the traits listed above have earned “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” by Stuart Townend an astounding 99% on the “Is it Helpful? Chart.” This score is due to the song’s Gospel and Christ centeredness, accessible, Biblical language, and the way it humbles its singer and encourages them to worship God.

Utilizing it in a Service

Many people are familiar with this song to a degree that they may go into autopilot when it is sung. This is unfortunate because there is much to learn and be reminded of from this song even on the thousandth sing through. So, encourage people to perk up and focus on something new in the lyrics. 

Check out what Theology of Work has to say about this song.

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Drew Bundy